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E-Pattern- Gloria- Circa 1919 Evening Bodice- Bust 34"

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Wearing History #AC121
**EXPERT Difficulty**. This one is a challenge but SO worth it!

"Gloria" Circa 1919 Evening Bodice
Size 34" Bust, Waist approximately 25".

This listing is for an E-PATTERN DOWNLOAD to print at home or send to a copy shop.  Includes both US Letter/A4 and A0 files.


A Wearing History Archive Couture PDF pattern of beautiful and RARE evening bodice pattern. This is documented in the Delineator magazine in December, 1919 and again in January, 1920. Included in this pattern are fashion plates from both issues.
This evening bodice includes sleeveless, short sleeve, and long pointed sleeve options. The bodice fastens up the back and has a crossover design, with each outer bodice piece cut individually. The illustration shows a bow at the back, which is not included and can be cut from your same fashion fabric with some ingenuity.

- EXPERT Difficulty -

This pattern is extremely challenging even for experienced sewists. It is built on a foundation "French" lining, that is fitted to the corseted form. The evening bodice is then built upon that base. It's more in-depth than appears in the illustration. This pattern has not been tested for construction and follows all original period pattern lines and markings.


This is a Wearing History pattern based on a Butterick original pattern that was in public domain. This has been carefully remastered, restored, and labeled to preserve dressmaking history, and has the additions of watch points, resizing suggestions, and fashion plates.

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. This antique pattern has not been tested for fit or construction.

~~ SIZING ~~

This pattern is from a period original and only includes size 34" bust. The waist size is not given but we estimate it to be for a 25" waist. If planning to wear over a skirt allow more ease.

This pattern was original for WOMENS SIZING. Juniors, Misses, and Plus Sizes may require alteration for fit

The waist ratio is very different than current standards.


-A clean, computer drawn pattern of the basic pattern shapes needed to create the garment illustrated.
-Very basic original illustrated instructions. Illustrated instructions were in their infancy and are NOT in-depth. Dressmaking experience is suggested.
-Seam Allowances are included.
-Tips and watchpoints for working with 1910s period patterns
-Fashion plates from The Delineator that featured this pattern.

- - 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 in-depth sewing instructions
-NO finishing techniques
-NO trim placement. You must get creative with your lace and trims.
-NO closure 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.
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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.