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E-Pattern- Early 1920s Compression Bandeau and Brassiere- Bust 38"

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Wearing History Archive Couture Pattern #AC108
Download and PRINT AT HOME on US Letter or A4 size paper.

****EXPERT LEVEL DIFFICULTY****


Circa 1921 Compression Brassiere and Bandeau

One Size Only- Size 38" Bust.
No cup sizes originally stated. Our testers estimated this a best fit for sizes 34D/DD, or a 38" bust with a smaller cup size.

*****THIS DOES NOT CUP AND LIFT LIKE A MODERN BRA.*****
This is a historical pattern for early history brassieres. This pattern compresses. It DOES NOT lift and separate or give cleavage. It was for women to compress their busts for the 1920s look.

This pattern requires extensive knowledge of fitting and sewing. This is reproduced from the original rare period source, retains the original pattern shapes and fit, and includes all information originally provided. Instructions during this time period were minimal. This does include the early drawn illustrations, so has slightly more information than most early 1920s patterns. Some pattern changes will most likely be necessary to fit your figure.

I will not be able to supply sewing support or fitting advice for this pattern as I am unfamiliar with bra fitting. I just want to be sure this rare original source can get used and made by those who love experimental archeology into fashion history.

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.


**Pattern sample of hanging brassiere and bandeau- generously made and provided by Sara of Ensembles of the Past https://ensemblesofthepast.com/**

**Pattern sample of bandeau laid flat- generously made and provided by Amber of Virgil's Fine Goods https://www.etsy.com/shop/VirgilsFineGoods**




- - WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH THIS PATTERN - -

-A clean, computer drawn pattern of the basic pattern shapes needed to create the garment illustrated.
-Very basic sewing instructions
-A few basic notes based on our testers experience.
-LIMITED sewing illustrations included. You must be familiar with how to put a garment together using pattern shapes and garment illustration.
-MINIMAL finishing techniques and included.

- - 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 trim placement. You must get creative with your lace and trims.
-NO fastener placement.


- - 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.



--HOW TO PRINT AND USE THIS E-PATTERN--



YOU WILL NEED ADOBE READER, A FREE PDF READER PROGRAM, IN ORDER TO OPEN AND PRINT THIS PATTERN.

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.

*****The pattern uses 47 pages of paper*****

-1 for the e-pattern "how to" sheet.
-15 pages for the sewing pattern
-9 pages for the instructions

25 total sheets of 8.5" x 11" sized paper or A4 sized paper are needed to print this pattern.
You can read the sewing instructions on your computer to reduce paper use.

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    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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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.