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E-Pattern- Circa 1916- Eloise- Surplice Dress & Shield- Bust 31"-41"

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Wearing History #R124- Circa 1916 "Eloise" Surpice Dress & Guimpe

ADVANCED Sewing Skill Recommended. From an original vague historical pattern with some instruction additions.

This listing is for an E-Pattern to print yourself at home on your home printer's USA letter and A4 sized paper. Also includes A0 copyshop files.

Multisize- Bust 31-41", waist 25"-35" all included in the same packet. This pattern was originally for young women of JUNIOR PETITE size. Most figures will require some alterations.

**The sample is at 30% scale on a doll, but this is a FULL SIZE HUMAN PATTERN**. Doll is by a Nakana Doll.

This pattern is a "Resto-Vival" pattern documented to 1916. This dress has tricky fastenings and fastens at center front waist with an internal waistband. The bodice the laps closed and snaps into place, the skirt snaps around one side, and the skirt opens at center back (see photos). The waistline is the fashionable raised waistline that hits at 2" above the natural waist. NO SASH IS INCLUDED and was for illustration only. See my sample photos, please <3

This pattern was designed to be cut from border embroidered fabrics or from fabrics on straight of grain. Align the neckline edge and the hem of the drawers with embroidered flouncing for a beautiful look!


For advanced difficulty, this pattern has the period original, written sewing instructions which are very minimal and text only. The sewing instructions do not include details about finishing or in-depth construction. I have supplemented with my written translation of the period instructions. Advanced knowledge is recommended. I have added some illustrations at the end of the packet to clarify some of the trickier construction parts. This is definitely a challenging pattern and y ou may want a sewing book handy to help with tricky parts.

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



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.


Since the skirt is quite large I have added a page in the instructions for if you'd like to draft the skirt yourself instead of print, but full size is also included.

If you want to have it printed at a copy shop it will take 4 A0 large pages to print the whole pattern. If you only want to print the bodice it is 2 A0 pages.

For A4/US LETTER there are two files. The bodice is 28 pages. The skirt is 54 pages.

The instructions are 15 pages long but can be read on a device instead of printed if you'd prefer to save paper.

--- 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

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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.