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E-PATTERN- Circa 1918 "Datura" Dressing Gown Pattern- Bust 32"-46"

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To print at home on US Letter or A4 paper. Also includes A0 for printing at a copy shop!

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Wearing History #AC126- Circa 1922 "Datura" Dressing Gown

ADVANCED Sewing Skill Recommended. However, those with upper intermediate skill can probably make this because of the addition of NEW illustrated instructions.

Multisize- In sizes Small- X-Large. Bust 32-46", all included in the same packet. This pattern was originally in sizes small-large. I have added an extra set of sizes.

Small: 32-34" bust

Medium: 36-38" bust

Large: 40-42" bust

X-Large: 44-46" bust

Waist and hip measurements are fluid. Chose the pattern by bust measure when cutting out.

This pattern is a "Resto-Vival" pattern from 1918.

This lovely dressing gown, circa 1918, has a romantic raised waist and has lovely gathered pockets. The draped sleeve of this pattern reminds us of the beautiful trumpet-like flower, which is why we are calling it “Datura.” Originally called a “kimono,” this is not traditional Japanese dress, but a fashionable dressing gown of the 1910s with lovely long pointed sleeves that are cut-in-one with the bodice. An underbody provides the foundation for the bodice. The skirt is gathered and applied on top of the bodice. The sleeves are finished with a narrow hem. If desired, the sleeves can be lined (no yardage or instructions given for lined sleeves.)


For advanced difficulty, this pattern has the period original, written sewing instructions which are very minimal and basic sewing instruction. The sewing instructions do not include details about finishing or in-depth construction. However, there are new illustrated instructions that I have compiled that will make construction more attainable. The new instructions assume you have basic sewing knowledge including how to do finishing of hems, necklines, bias tapes, etc. You may wish to have a sewing book handy to help with tricky construction bits.

This pattern was transcribed from the period original and retains authentic period original pattern lines and fit.

--- 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.

- - 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.



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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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.