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E-Pattern- Circa 1917 Combination Underwear & Chemise Bust 32"-46"

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Wearing History #R112- Circa 1917 Combination Underwear & Chemise

Intermediate Sewing Skill Recommended

This listing is for an E-Pattern to print yourself at home on your home printer's USA letter and A4 sized paper. Now also includes A0 copy shop size to send away to be printed.

This pattern is a "Resto-Vival" pattern from the 1910s.

What to Expect From This Pattern:

For intermediate difficulty, this pattern has the period original, written sewing instructions which are very minimal and text only.

This pattern was transcribed from the period original and has not been tested for fit or construction.

I have supplemented with my written translation of the period instructions. There are two main pieces, and you should be familiar with basic construction and techniques like how to attach a bias facing and a casing to make this pattern. The button placket is the most difficult technique, I suggest having a sewing book handy to aid you. There are three pages of instruction which are included on the main pattern sheet which you can cut apart and keep in the envelope- one page is of the original cover and instruction, and two pages of my supplemented instruction translation are included. No illustrations are included for instructions and a layout cutting guide is included for only size 36" bust.


Includes Bust Sizes 32" to 46", all in the same pattern.

No waist size was originally indicated. Original pattern this was based on was a 44" bust.



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. 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 2 files

30 sheets of paper for the pattern and sewing instructions in one file
1 for the e-pattern "how to" sheet.
31 total sheets of 8.5" x 11" sized paper or A4 sized paper are needed. 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.

--- About Wearing History Resto-Vival™ Patterns ---

Resto-Vival™ Patterns are original historic patterns that have been restored and revived. Original patterns are usually available only in single sizes, precut from tissue paper and totally unprinted, with details like grainlines and darts indicated only by small perforations. Resto-Vival™ patterns are clearly marked with drawn and labeled markings. These markings aid the modern sewer in understanding the markings of the original pattern and the construction of the garment. Resto-Vival™ patterns follow the period shapes of the original patterns, maintaining the historical accuracy of the completed garment. Original period instructions are included. These instructions are text only (unless otherwise noted) and fairly minimal, especially compared to instructions for modern patterns. At least an intermediate knowledge of dressmaking and a good familiarity with pattern construction is suggested. You may choose to have a modern or period sewing book handy to help with basic construction methods that the pattern instructions do not cover in detail. Also, fitting a muslin mockup is strongly recommended, as all garments were meant to be worn over period foundation garments or corsetry.
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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

  • Returns

    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.