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E-Pattern- Marigold- Circa 1921 Dress with Tucks- Bust 40

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**ADVANCED/EXPERT Difficulty**. This one is a challenge!

"Marigold" Circa 1921 Dress
Size 40" Bust, Waist approximately 32". One size only, the original pattern size.

This listing is for an E-PATTERN to PRINT AT HOME yourself on 8.5 x 11" or A4 size paper.
Also included are COPY SHOP sizes A0 and 36" wide.


A Wearing History Archive Couture PDF pattern of beautiful and RARE tucked dress pattern. This is documented in newspapers to the summer and autumn of 1921.

From a very rare period original pattern from 1921, the “Marigold Dress” features pretty horizontal tucks in the skirt and the vest. The outer bodice has gathers at a faux “yoke”, a vest inserted at center
front, a pretty rolled collar, and short sleeves. The bodice is mounted on an internal bodice lining. The dress opens under the lap between the collar and the vest and at the side front skirt seam. The skirt is
made of two pieces, which fasten up the side front seam. The skirt and bodice join is covered by a ribbon or self-drafted belt.
Please be aware that this dress does not have trimming or closures marked on the pattern. Period seamstresses would decorate their pattern as they wished, inspired by the cover illustration. The skirt is plain at the front, and the rest of the skirt, and the "vest" includes the tucks marked on the pieces.

- ADVANCED/EXPERT Difficulty -
Please read more about that here:
---This pattern is extremely challenging even for experienced sewists. Period sewing knowledge is a plus.
---The instructions are text-only and very minimal. You can see the original instructions in the second image. Very brief text clarifications have been added, but it's best to supplement with period sewing books (link included in the packet to my blog with an index of free antique sewing books online).
---This pattern is built on a foundation lining that is fitted to the corseted body. The "waist" (bodice) and "vest" 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 pattern did have corrections made to help true up the pattern lines and notches by Wearing History, as the original pattern was "quirky", but otherwise retains all the period pattern cut and construction.


This is a Wearing History pattern based on an original Mail Order pattern in my archives that was in public domain. This has been carefully remastered, restored, and labeled on the pieces to preserve dressmaking history, and has the additional tips by Wearing History. The pattern shapes have been corrected for errors, which are very very common in antique patterns of this period. It's otherwise unchanged and preserves the historical dressmaking experience for those who wish to sew from authentic period source materials using antique techniques.

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 40" bust. The waist size is not given but we estimate it to be for a 32" waist.

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


-A clean, computer drawn pattern of the basic pattern shapes needed to create the garment illustrated.
-Very basic original TEXT ONLY instructions (see second image).
-Seam Allowances are included. No hem is included.
-A brief page of basic tips and watchpoints for working with 1910s-early 20s period patterns
-A few pages of basic clarification of the original text instructions
-The same image as included in the last image in this listing showing the three bodice images with the closure visual.

- - 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.
-ONE SIZE ONLY, 40" bust, 32"(ish) waist.

- - 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.

If sending to a copy shop, we print PDF patterns at for USA customers! This is our family business also.

For printing at home: 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.

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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.