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PRINTED PATTERN- 1900 Five Gored Skirt Pattern with Double Pleated Back

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Wearing History Archive Couture Pattern #E-AC132

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1900 Pleated Back Skirt Pattern

Multisize from 24" bust to 38" waist all in one packet.

- ADVANCED Difficulty -

Description: Five gore pleated skirt with slight flare, double pleats at center back, and a straight waistband. Side is shaped with a deep dart at the hip for a dramatic, rounded high hip shape that was popular in this period. Works best when worn with period undergarments including a hip/bum pad and petticoats as the hip to waist ratio are quite a bit greater than modern patterns. Please see the photos for a size chart.

This pattern was featured in the November, 1900 issue of McCall’s Magazine.

** Please note, this is NOT a trumpet skirt, and the illustration is more aesthetic than accurate. Please view the half scale mock up photos for a real representation of the skirt shape.

ADVANCED difficulty. Must be able to put a garment together with almost no instruction. You may wish to have a sewing book handy for detailed techniques. Read more below, please.


From an original 1900 period sewing pattern from a private collection. This pattern was originally in size 24" waist, 42" hip. This pattern has been graded to include the original size range. The waistband was missing from the period original and has been redrafted.

****This is best for advanced/expert sewists who want an adventure into original historical dressmaking sources and who are comfortable fitting and making adjustments to patterns for their unique figure.***

This pattern DOES NOT include seam allowance or hem allowance. Very little ease in included in the waistband. Modern figures most likely will need to make adjustment to the hip shaping.

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.

-Size and Yardage-

Please see product photos. Yardages will need to be tested in the mock-up phase as they are from the period original and for vintage yardage widths.


-A clean, computer drawn pattern of the basic pattern shapes needed to create the garment illustrated in waist sizes 22"-38".
-Very basic original text-only instructions
-Some text-only watchpoints from Wearing History for this particular pattern.
-Original period fit, which will most likely require some alterations for modern figures.

- - 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 sewing illustrations. You must be familiar with how to put a garment together using just pattern shapes and a finished garment illustration.
-NO finishing techniques or facing pieces
-NO trim placement.
-NO button placement.
-NO seam allowances or hem allowance
-Very little waist ease.

- - 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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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.