Historical & Ethnic

  • 1927 Tea Frock
    The "Genuine Philippine Hand-Embroidered" frocks of the 1920s were all the rage among women too busy to stitch. This easy-sew style features a flattering dropped waist and optional smocking. Pattern includes instructions for smocking and embroidery stitches, as well as a full-size embroidery design motif.

    Suggested fabrics: Soft, light to medium-weight fabrics such as cotton gauze, crepe, batiste, voile, georgette, rayon challis, silk.

    Multi-sized: Misses 8 – 14
    $36.00
  • 1930s Day Dress

    This practical dress uses fabric economically, yet still looks chic and trendy. Features round neck with collar points and peplum cleverly cut on the straight grain but with the slimming look of a bias cut. Or with buttoned front, flounce collar and sleeves, and eyelash pockets for a more casual look.

    Both dresses have a flattering dropped waistline in back, slightly flared skirt, back zipper and unpressed tucks in front that eliminate the need for bust darts and create the fashionable broad-shouldered look of the late-1930s period.

    Suggested fabrics: Rayon, medium-weight silk, microfiber or other fabrics with drape or small-print fabrics with sheer flounces.

    Multi-sized: Misses XS – 3XL

    $39.00
  • A Lady's Chemise
    For hundreds of years, a chemise was that intimate garment worn next to a lady's skin and was often meticulously monogrammed in dainty script during the Victorian era. Today, A Lady's Chemise is the perfect nightgown or simple summer dress.

    Our flattering chemise was worn during the mid to late 1800s and we offer two appealing versions. Both views have short gathered and ruffled cap sleeves and can be cut low knee-length or at the hip to be worn as a blouse. Delicate pleats accent the centre front and back of the neckline, which is adjustable with feminine ribbon drawstrings. Instructions and alphabet designs for a Victorian monogram are included.

    Suggested fabrics: Light-weight cottons and blends such as batiste, lawn, voile, gauze or eyelet; handkerchief linen; silks such as crepe de chine; rayon challis. Originals were made of lightweight muslin or linen.

    Multi-sized: Extra small to 3X large
    $36.00
  • Afghani Nomad Dress
    This traditional dress worn by nomadic women in Afghanistan is ideal for mixing fabrics and embellishments. The raised bodice is fitted and has a neck opening that can be placed at front or back. Pattern includes instructions for traditional embroidery stitches, fringed decoration and beadwork.

    Suggested fabrics: Soft, medium-weight fabrics such as cotton, rayon challis or silk; the upper sleeve and/or skirt may be of soft rayon or silk velvet. This dress is often made in many prints, which is a wonderful opportunity to use up bits and pieces of brilliant fabrics.

    Multi-sized: Misses 6 – 16
    $39.00
  • Armistice Blouse
    This blouse dates from 1918, at the end of World War I. Fashion was in transition from frills to practicality, and this blouse blends the two beautifully. Make it as plain or fancy as you like. The centre front panel can be lacy, pintucked, or plain; the collar and cuffs can be embellished in many ways. Pattern includes instructions for drawn-thread work.

    Suggested fabrics: Lightweight fabrics such as gauze, batiste, voile, georgette or other light cottons; silk, rayon or blends.

    Multi-sized: Misses XS – XL
    $36.00
  • Austrian Dirndl
    A favourite at Renaissance Faires and Oktoberfests, this three-piece outfit enhances the maiden in you. Variations include knee-length or low-calf length, dirndl bodice with high or low-neck, high or low-neck blouse and an apron.

    Pattern features many options for detailing, ruffling, ruching, and shaping. Information included about authentic detailing, custom fitting, and adapting garment for Renaissance costumes.

    Suggested fabrics: For the Dirndl, choose medium to heavyweight cotton, silk, wool, velvet or corduroy. For the Blouse and Apron, choose light to medium-weight cotton, silk, rayon or blends. The Apron is also nice in taffeta.

    Multi-sized: Misses 8 – 16
    $39.00
  • Beach Pyjamas
    Perfect for the beach-side boardwalk or cruise ship, as well as your own balcony or backyard deck. This casual, flowing style was the height of summer resort fashion in the 1920s and 1930s. Our one-piece version with carefree sash features a full shawl collar that wraps in front and falls gracefully over the shoulders in back. Wide palazzo pants give the appearance of a skirt.

    Suggested fabrics: Light to medium-weight fabrics with soft drape such as rayon, silk or challis; also crisp, lightweight cotton or linen.

    Multi-sized: Misses 6 – 20
    $36.00
  • Big Sky Riding Skirt
    Bring out the cowgirl in you! Equestrian women of the early 20th century, who were determined to ride astride rather than sidesaddle, wore these divided skirts. An ingenious fashion, with front panel that buttons one way for a skirt and the other way for pants. Pattern is derived from a skirt worn by legendary rancher and rodeo rider, Fannie Sperry Steele.

    Suggested fabrics: Medium to heavyweight cottons and blends such as poplin, denim, gabardine, corduroy; linen; light to medium-weight wools; suiting weight silks.

    Multi-sized: Misses 8 – 18
    $36.00
  • Black Forest Smock
    This traditional smock was called a Kittel, or over-garment, worn by workers in Germany, Switzerland and France. Soft pleats fall from a wide neckband. Sleeves connect to side panels with gussets and are pleated at the wrists into buttoned cuff bands. Shoulder yokes, pocket welts, neckband and cuffs were often decorated with chain-stitching (design and instructions are included inside pattern).

    Our Black Forest Smock can be worn by men as an over-shirt and by women as a mid-calf length dress.

    Suggested fabrics: Soft or crisp fabrics such as linen, homespun, broadcloth, gingham, denim, featherweight corduroy or lightweight wool.

    Multi-sized: Misses 6 – 16; Men's 36 – 44.
    $36.00
  • Blonde Bombshell

    Celebrate your femininity in this full-skirted, dramatic style from the 1950s. Make it in colourful cotton for a summer sundress or shimmering brocade for an evening party any time of the year. Pattern includes instructions for knitted bolero sweater to wear on top.

    Suggested fabrics: Light to medium-weight fabrics such as cotton, silk or blends

    Multi-sized: Misses 8 – 16

    $36.00
  • Chinese Pajamas
    The casual comfort and simple elegance of this easy-sew Jacket and Pants combo will make it your favorite at-home wear in super-soft cotton or the perfect evening outfit in silk and brocade. The fully-lined mid-thigh Jacket features stand-up Mandarin collar, set-in sleeves, inside and outside pockets, button-loop frog front closures, and extra-long sleeves that roll back to expose a colorful or decorative lining.

    The loose-fitting Pants have a drawstring waist and cuff bands that can be made of the same fabric or a complementary decorative fabric.

    Suggested Fabrics: Soft and fluid silks, synthetics, cottons, silk velvet. For a more structured look, cotton, lightweight denim or corduroy, medium-weight silk, lightweight wool. NOTE: Jacket lining shows when cuff is rolled back.

    Multi-sized: Women's XS – XL; Men's M – 2XL
    $39.00
  • Countryside Frock Coat

    This traditional coat has been a versatile fashion for centuries and today is the perfect choice for historical military or Western re-enactment, as well as an elegant contemporary look. The single-breasted unlined coat features shawl collar, princess seams in back, waist darts in front (woman's coat only), slightly lowered waistline, long narrow sleeves with band cuffs and above-knee peplum with back vent.

    Suggested fabrics: Lightweight denim or canvas, light- to medium-weight wool, linen, hemp, silk, brocade, velveteen, leather, suede, prewashed tapestry or upholstery fabric.

    Multi-sized: Misses XS – XL; Men's S – XXL

    $39.00
  • Croatian Shirt
    A traditional fashion worn by peasants, farmers, and shepherds in the Pannonian Basin of old Yugoslavia. Originally made from homespun linen, but elegant in cotton, silk and sheers. Soft pleats at the shoulders, with a tucked front yoke. Pattern includes historical information and instructions for decorative stitching on yoke.

    Suggested fabrics: Shirting-weight fabrics such as cotton, blends, broadcloth, linen, chambray, muslin, gingham or silk.

    Multi-sized: Misses 6 – 20; Men's 32 – 48
    $34.00
  • Edwardian Bridal Gown
    This is Edwardian charm at its best. A perfect vintage wedding dress with high neck, leg o'mutton sleeves and flounced train. Simplified version can be a coordinated bridesmaid dress, dancing dress or everyday fashion. Pattern includes instructions for tucks, lace insertions and a simple veil.

    Suggested fabrics: Light to medium-weight cotton or blends such as batiste, lawn, voile or broadcloth; handkerchief linen; silk broadcloth or crepe de chine; satin; taffeta. Original garments were made of cotton batiste. Simplified version can also be made from rayon or wool challis. Stripes, plaids, one-way prints or diagonals are not suitable.

    Multi-sized: Misses 6 – 16
    $39.00
  • Egyptian Shirt

    This is a shortened version of the traditional Egyptian galabia or robe. Loose-fitting style with side panels and slit pockets. The yoke can be turned to the inside, or to the outside for interesting contrast.

    Instructions are included for knotted buttons, decorative cording, soutache appliqué, and lengthening the shirt to make the galabia.

    Suggested fabrics: Crisp or soft fabrics such as cottons, muslin, lightweight denim, broadcloth. For applique pieces, use 100% cotton.

    Multi-sized: Misses 6–16 Mens 32–44

    $36.00
  • English Smock
    A truly universal garment worn by shepherds, butchers, bakers, farmers and other rural labourers in Old England. Today, smocks are favoured by fashionable people everywhere and made out of every fabric imaginable. Long and short versions can be hand-smocked or "mock-smocked" by machine with elastic.

    Suggested fabrics: Soft medium-weight fabrics with some drape such as cotton, rayon, wool, synthetics or blends in challis, broadcloth, corduroy or flannel. For an authentic look, choose linen or homespun.

    Multi-sized: Children's 2 – 12; Misses 6 – 20; Men's 30 – 42
    $36.00
  • Flamenco Dress & Practice Skirt
    A sensational fashion for dancing or dress-up, with lavish flounces that move with flash. Dress has princess seams, flounced cap sleeves, V-neck front and up to four tiers of flounces. Skirt has back waist darts and raised waistline; make it with all four flounces or just one flounce for a salsa-hot mini. Make simple-sew fabric Rose accessory to attached to dress or pin in hair.

    Suggested fabrics: Silk or polyester douppioni, taffeta, faille; other fabrics with body and slight stiffness. For lightweight drapey fabrics, lightly interface flounces.

    Multi-sized: Misses XS – XL
    $39.00
  • Gaza Dress
    This ankle-length gown is composed of easy-to-construct panels that are perfect for pieced or handwoven fabric variations, needlework, and other embellishment. Create an heirloom with one of the traditional embroidery designs included in the pattern.

    Suggested fabrics: Crisp or soft fabrics such as denim, broadcloth, muslin, linen, lightweight wool. Traditional colours are black, indigo, white or natural.

    Multi-sized: 6 – 18
    $36.00
  • Gibson Girl Blouse
    The Gibson Girl was the ideal of feminine beauty at the turn of the 20th century, and by 1905, the Sears Roebuck catalogue offered 150 versions of this blouse. The high-collar, back-buttoning yoke style is still just as flattering today. Instructions for optional tucks and lace insertion included.

    Suggested fabrics: Soft lightweight fabrics such as batiste, lawn, muslin, silk, gingham or calico.

    Multi-sized: Misses S – 3X
    $36.00
  • Glamour Girl Dress
    Glamour oozed in Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s, and this is the daytime dress the starlets wore. It emphasizes curves, drapes elegantly and lends an air of discreet sexiness. The close-fitting bodice is visually cinched in with front waistline ties, and fits smoothly into a flared skirt. Shoulder pads lend that commanding air to any aspiring celebrity.

    Suggested fabrics: Light to medium-weight fabrics with drape, such as silk or rayon crepe, satin, challis, soft cotton.

    Multi-sized: Misses 6 – 16
    $34.00