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E-Pattern- Circa 1910 "Eliza" Dress- Bust 36" Waist 26"

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Wearing History Archive Couture Pattern #E-AC127
Download and PRINT AT HOME on US Letter or A4 size paper
Also includes A0 Copy Shop file
This pattern uses A LOT of paper! (88+ for print at home or 4 for copyshop, plus 14 instructions)

ADVANCED/EXPERT DIFFICULTY- This one is very challenging, but results in a period accurate dress. It looks simple, but construction is very complicated, and fit will almost certainly need to be adjusted for modern bodies. Be forewarned that this is a challenge! PLEASE READ ALL DESCRIPTION!

Circa 1910 Dress Pattern from the original period source
One Size Only- Size 36" Bust, Waist 25"

This pattern was featured in the May, 1910 issue of The Delineator Magazine. Please enlarge the back cover for more details about this pattern.

Original Period Description:
Ladies’ Semi-Princess Dress, in Medium Sweep or Clearing Length: consisting of a Blouse-Waist, Tucked in Bretelle Effect, with High or Dutch Square Neck and Full-Length or Shorter Sleeve in Either of Two Styles; and an Attached Lengthening by a Plaited or Gathered Flounce with Straight Lower Edge in Clearing Length and with or without the Tunic Portions.

--- ADVANCED/EXPERT Difficulty ---

This pattern is extremely challenging, even for experienced sewists.
Included are original period instructions that are text only (no illustrations). You may wish to have a sewing book handy for detailed techniques. Additions to this pattern include amended instructions, fit watchpoints, and period context (all text-only).


This is from a rare original Butterick pattern from 1910 .

Archive Couture patterns are an exercise for one’s skills, and an adventure into understanding sewing from antique patterns. Please read more details about this pattern below.

36" bust, 25" waist
Original period yardage is given in the listing images.


-A clean, computer drawn pattern of the basic pattern shapes needed to create the garment illustrated. Markings are labeled and drawn on the pattern pieces.
-Very basic, original, and vague illustrated sewing instructions (see image for example)
-Additional pages of written clarification of original sewing instructions and fit watchpoints.
-Original description and fashion plate for this pattern from the Delineator May, 1910 issue (supplied graciously by Mrs Depew Vintage).

- - What Is NOT Included With This Pattern - -
As per the "About Archive Couture Patterns" paragraph below, what is not included is standard of patterns of this age.

-NO illustrated instructions
-NO finishing techniques
-NO button placement. You must get creative with your trims.
-NO instructions for closures
-NO embroidery or trim placement

I do, however, provide a link to my blog where I have an index of many free period sewing books available online. Using these will compliment sewing from any period pattern and help clarify technique and terminology.

- - About Archive Couture Patterns - -
Archive Couture patterns are of Advanced Difficulty and recommended for those who are familiar with putting patterns together with little to no instruction, and who are familiar with pattern alterations for fit. These patterns are have been taken from original historical source materials. These sources may include diagrams, overlapping patterns in magazine issues, early tissue paper patterns, or other period source material. The source material was used by experienced home sewists, dressmakers, or tailors of the period from which they are derived. These patterns were only available only in single sizes, with details such as grain lines or buttonholes most often unmarked. Wearing History has clarified markings (where given) and supplied tips for working with these historical patterns. You may choose to have a modern or period sewing book on hand to help with construction and fitting. Archive Couture patterns follow the period shapes of the original period source material, maintaining the historical accuracy and fit of the completed garment. Fitting a muslin mockup is strongly recommended, as all garments were meant to be worn over period foundation garments or corsetry. Fit and proportion of these patterns are different than modern costume patterns and may require alteration to fit your modern body, even when wearing period style foundations. Several mock ups may be required to achieve ideal fit. We believe these patterns should not be lost to time or languish in historical archives, but be made available for historical sewing enthusiasts of today.


For A0 Copy Shop Prints, I suggest Pattern Printing Co. (my sister company)


This pattern is formatted for USA Letter Size and A4 sized paper. You will need to print this pattern to 100% scale. Open the "READ-ME-FIRST" File for instructions on printing and piecing your pattern.

This pattern is tiled into letter sized paper. This pattern file is formatted to fit on both sizes of paper, and there will be varying thicknesses of white border, which will be cut off, according to pattern instructions.

You will print these documents on your home printer, cut, and tape them together, to form a larger pattern layout. Then you cut and use your pattern just as you would a normal home sewing pattern.

This pattern comes in a ZIP folder that must be decompressed to use, and uses a LOT of paper.

You can read the sewing instructions on your computer to reduce paper use.
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    Most patterns come as both A4/US LETTER and A0 size. You will need ADOBE READER, a free program, to print your e-pattern.

    For A4/US LETTER paper:

    Open the "READ-ME-FIRST" File for instructions on printing and piecing your pattern. Print the PDF file on your home printer, cut off on the lines given, and tape them together. Then you cut and use your pattern just as you would a normal home sewing pattern.

    For A0 size:

    This is sent away to a copyshop and printed on big sheets for you. We print A0 pattern sheets at great prices at Pattern Printing Company

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    No returns or exchanges are accepted. Please be sure of your pattern size and type of product, either physical or digital, before purchasing.

Carefully Researched

All of our patterns are carefully researched and based on either public domain materials or our own creations. Lauren applies her decades worth of practical application of historical fashion and technical skills when making these patterns, and often supplies watch points for making. External helps are available on Wearing History on YouTube and on Wearing History Blog to help you learn to sew history.