Historical & Ethnic

  • Hollywood Pants
    Movie stars Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn wore trousers with exceptional attitude before pants were socially acceptable, and made them essential components of every stylish woman's wardrobe. Our Hollywood-inspired styles include sporty knickers, classic trousers and kicky shorts.

    Suggested fabrics: For the Knickers, choose medium to heavyweight fabrics such as cotton, linen, wool or blends in broadcloth, homespun or twill; also napped fabrics such as corduroy and velveteen. For the Trousers, choose medium-weight, soft fabrics with drape such as wool gabardine or challis; also cotton or corduroy. For the Shorts, choose soft or slightly crisp, medium-weight fabrics such as wool challis, cotton, linen, rayon or blends.

    Multi-sized: Misses 8 – 14
    $39.00
  • Hong Kong Cheongsam
    This classic exotic dress in two lengths is synonymous with Oriental elegance. Simple to sew, it has only two main pattern pieces and an appealing side-front opening topped off with a mandarin collar.

    Pattern includes instructions for custom fitting and authentic embellishment. Pattern is for dress with facings at front opening, hem and side slits.

    Suggested fabrics: Light to medium-weight silk; lightweight brocade and jacquard weaves; satin; rayon or blends.

    Multi-sized: XS – 3XL
    $36.00
  • Intimacies
    This treasure chest of lingerie styles from the 1920s and 1930s includes a camisole, tap pants, bias teddy and slip. Depending on fabric choice, they can be made for under-garment pleasure or sassy summer outerwear. Pattern includes instructions for lace appliqué, filet crochet lace and decorative ribbon flowers.

    Suggested fabrics: Lightweight, soft fabrics of silk, cotton, rayon, synthetics or blends such as crepe, challis, batiste, voile or satin.

    Multi-sized: Misses 8 – 22
    $36.00
  • Japanese Field Clothing
    Versatile and comfortable garments include the hippari (jacket) for men and women, monpei (pants) and padded jacket for women. Beautiful in traditional ethnic prints or coordinating new-age fabrics. Instructions included for traditional folded and stitched ties.

    Suggested fabrics: For Hippari and Field Pants, choose medium-weight tightly woven materials such as cotton, lightweight denim, or silk. Traditional Japanese fabrics are usually indigo-dyed ikat weave or striped cotton in blue, black, gray or brown. For Padded Jacket, choose light to medium-weight cotton, silk or rayon, or lightweight wool.

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

    $39.00
  • Japanese Hapi & Haori
    For formal occasions or everyday layered dressing, either jacket offers a special touch to any wardrobe. Simple rectangular shapes are great for inventive colour and texture combinations. A pattern for the tabi, the traditional split-toe slipper socks, is included.

    Suggested fabrics: For the Hapi, choose light to medium-weight soft or crisp cottons or blends; silks with body such as noil or shantung; linen; wool. For the Haori, choose light to medium-weight soft fabrics with drape such as silk, rayon or blends. For the Tabi, choose medium-weight cotton or blends. Fabrics with nap, pile or one-way design are not suitable for either jacket.

    Multi-sized: Misses 6 – 20 (Hapi & Haori); Men's 34 – 44 (Hapi)
    $39.00
  • Japanese Kimono
    The timeless simplicity of this elegant garment is still enchanting. Our unlined informal kimono (yukata) can be worn in various lengths, as a dress, coat or robe. Pattern includes instructions for shibori dyeing, sashiko embroidery and for making an informal obi or sash.

    Suggested fabrics: Light or medium-weight cotton, rayon, or silk. Yukata kimono are often blue and white, or other colourful prints.

    Multi-sized: For men & women to 180 cm tall
    $39.00
  • Japanese Michiyuki
    This three-quarter length kimono-style jacket was worn for extra warmth and/or protection while out and about. Its low, square neckline was designed to attractively frame the overlapping neckbands of the kimono and under-kimono worn underneath. Wear it as a dressy overcoat, casual coat-dress, and artist's or work smock, perfect for studio or garden tasks. Lengthened and made out of water-repellent fabric, it also functions as a raincoat.

    The pattern features a double-breasted front opening, kimono style sleeves that are large enough to fit over a kimono underneath, narrow neck band with mitered corners, and a handy pocket hidden in the front seam. Covered buttons are decorative only; snap fasteners attach the overlapping centre front panels, so no buttonholes are needed.

    Suggested Fabrics: Drapey fabrics with body, such as rayon or silk crepe for the outer Michiyuki; lightweight silk or cotton for the lining. Note: The Michiyuki is typically made from unpatterned fabrics with a woven-in design or texture, such as brocade. This is so the garment does not clash with the more elaborate designs of the underlying kimono. However, some Michiyuki fabrics have all-over designs like small checks or narrow stripes. Satin gives a more formal, dressy look. Microfibers and treated fabrics are good for a raincoat.

    Multi-sized: Misses XS – 2XL

    $36.00
  • Jewels of India
    A grouping of truly versatile garments with a tailored kurta overshirt for men and women, kamiz tunic and bias-cut churidar pants for women. The simple shapes of these garments make it easy to vary them creatively. Top everything off with the Gandhi hat. Pattern includes historical information about Indian dress.

    Suggested fabrics: For the Kurta, choose any shirting fabric from gauze to flannel. For the Kamiz and Churidar, choose light to medium-weight cottons, silks or synthetics; lightweight wool. For the hat, choose medium-weight cotton, silk or wool; decorative weaves or brocade.

    Multi-sized: Misses 6 – 16, Men's 34 – 44
    $39.00
  • Kinsale Cloak
    This billowing full-length cloak was a tradition in rural Ireland and can still be seen today in West County Cork and at historic re-enactments everywhere. The romantic garment fastens at the neck and features a detachable loosely-fitted hood. Pattern includes fascinating historical lore, notes for handweavers and instructions for finishing touches.

    Suggested fabrics: Handwoven wool, wool, velvet, corduroy, poplin, denim, chintz or weather-treated fabrics.

    One size: For men & women
    $36.00
  • Le Smoking Jacket

    Smoking jackets symbolized sophistication during the 1920s and 1930s, both on the silver screen and in real life. Our classy version features contrasting or quilted lapels, cuffs and pocket trim. Pattern includes instructions for women's knitted tank top to wear underneath.

    Suggested fabrics: Medium-weight fabrics such as velvet, velveteen, brocade, corduroy, crepe, silk jacquard.

    Multi-sized: Misses 6 – 16; Men's 34 – 44

    $36.00
  • M'Lady's Corset
    This fun and fashionable pattern is representative of the late 16th century and early 17th century garments worn by upper class women in the royal courts and peasant women in their daily lives. Square-neck corset laces in back with purchased or handmade eyelets (instructions inside pattern). Scoop-neck corset fastens in front with purchased hook-and-eye tape and features a peplum that echoes the waistline tabs of 16th-century doublets and corsets.

    Both versions feature the Elizabethan-era dropped centre front waist. Make the scoop-neck version one or two sizes larger and wear as a vest. Pattern includes historical notes and a resource list for corset-making supplies.

    Suggested fabrics: For outer layer, medium to heavy-weight stable fabrics that do not drape, such as silk satin, brocade, damask, shantung, dupioni; cotton damask, brocade; linens and blends. For lining, same as outer layer or slightly lighter-weight equivalent. For supporting inner layers, see Important Notes about Corset Construction inside pattern.

    Multi-sized: Misses XS – 3XL
    $39.00
  • Metro Middy Blouse
    This Blouse reflects the military styling of World War I uniforms, as well as the new interest in comfortable and practical two-piece garments. The easy-sew blouse features a breezy, loose fit; slightly belled sleeves; flared hemline with gentle downward curve at centre back; V-neck and sailor collar.

    It makes a perfect summer blouse tucked into a skirt. It also is versatile worn out, as a lightweight jacket over a feminine camisole. Drape an oblong scarf around the neck for simple style, or dress it up with Art Nouveau or your favourite embroidery motifs around the sailor collar.

    Suggested Fabrics: For a blouse, choose handkerchief linen (prewash to soften), lightweight cotton, or lightweight silk. For a jacket, choose medium-weight cotton, silk, or linen; lightweight or tropical-weight wool.

    Multi-sized: Misses XS – 3XL
    $36.00
  • Metropolitan Hat
    This hat dates from the early 20th century and represents a transitional period in millinery history – following the oversize Victorian confections of veiling and stuffed birds, but before the head-hugging cloches of the 1920s. Fast and easy to sew, it has a casual and slightly slouchy look, with a modest brim and fabric flowers at center front.

    There are just three pattern pieces: Brim, Band, and Crown. Each piece is cut twice – out of fabric, or fabric and complementary lining – for a fully-lined, easy-to-wear chapeau. The decorative fabric Rosettes can be fashioned out of the hat fabric, contrasting materials such as lace, tulle or glittering silk, or entirely replaced by a vintage brooch or dramatic button.

    Suggested Fabrics: Linens, wools, silks, medium-weight cottons, denim, corduroy, fleece. Note: For soft, drapey fabrics, lightly interface the Band and Brim to maintain the proper silhouette.
    $29.00
  • Metropolitan Suit
    The 1914 Metropolitan Suit reflects the military styling of World War I uniforms, as well as the mid-1910s interest in comfortable and practical two-piece garments. The Jacket features a tall rollover collar with either a curved or pointed centre back, gently pointed centre back hem, softly flared silhouette and turn-back cuffs.

    The Skirt is slightly hobbled, with a raised waistline and a slit at centre back for ease of walking. The Overskirt attaches to the skirt at the top edge and drapes attractively at the back hem. The front folds of the Overskirt can be decoratively topstitched to the Skirt from the waist edge down to the hip area, if desired.

    Suggested fabrics: Lightweight wools and wool blends; wool crepe, basket-weave, worsted, gabardine; suit-weight and other medium-weight silks; medium-to-heavyweight rayons. The design of this suit is meant to be somewhat soft and fluid, but cottons and linens can be used if desired, for a more structured result.

    Multi-sized: Misses S – 3XL
    $45.00
  • Missouri River Boatman's Shirt
    This roomy pullover work shirt was worn by hard-working raftsmen and fur traders on the rivers of 1800s America. The casual style is perfect for all types of today's labours, as well as pleasures. This shirt is popular with historical re-enactors at Civil War and other historic events. Instructions for cross-stitch monogram and needle-lace godet for front opening are included.

    Suggested fabrics: Light or medium-weight shirting fabrics such as broadcloth, homespun, linen, chambray or silk. The original shirt was made of handwoven linen.

    Multi-sized: Misses 6 – 20; Men's 34 – 48
    $36.00
  • Model T Duster
    When early 20th century women began motoring across America in the new automobiles, they needed something to protect their fancy finery from the dust and grime of the rough roadways. The sensible and fashionable solution was this loose-fitting, unlined, Princess-seamed duster, which is still stylishly sleek today.

    Suggested fabrics: Heavyweight cotton or blends, such as poplin, corduroy or denim; suit-weight linen; wool gabardine or blends; water-repellent fabrics.

    Multi-sized: Misses 8 – 16
    $36.00
  • Monte Carlo Dress

    A sleek slip dress in the 1920s "flapper" style, with two coordinating tunic tops for a versatile ensemble of garments. Drop-waist dress with narrow straps and shaped handkerchief ham can be beautifully ornamented with the vintage design motifs for embroidery or beadwork included in the pattern. Simple-sew pullover and crossover tunic tops can be worn facing front or back, belted or not. Pattern includes heat transfer sheet of design motifs and professional tips for sewing with sheer and lacy fabrics.

    Suggested fabrics: Lightweight and/or sheer silk, rayon, polyester, novelty velvet, jacquard or brocade. The dress skirt is attractive in multiple layers of chiffon or georgette. Sheer striped fabrics create a nice graphic effect in the Crossover Tunic.

    Multi-sized: Misses XS – XL

    $39.00
  • Moroccan Burnoose

    This sweeping cape is traditionally worn by Berber tribesmen over loose tunics, but it's also dramatic when untraditionally worn over urban outfits. The bias-cut half circle design features an ample hood for protection from the sand and sun, or for discreet camouflage. Details are included about different ways of wearing and draping the finished garment.

    Suggested fabrics: Medium to heavyweight wools and blends; upholstery-weight cottons or linen. Uneven plaids and napped fabrics are not suitable.

    All sizes

    $36.00
  • Nepali Blouse

    In Nepal, this wrap-and-tie blouse is traditionally made of velvet and worn under a wrap-style chupa or jumper (like the Tibetan Chupa) or over a wrapped and pleated skirt formed from a sari or length of fabric.

    The semi-fitted blouse features a wide band collar, tapered sleeves, and deep underarm gussets for ease of movement. Pattern includes directions for wrapping and pleating a companion skirt.

    Suggested fabrics: Lightweight fabrics with drape such as rayon, velvet, or silk; medium-weight cotton; lightweight wool. Traditional colours are shades of red, pink or purple.

    Multi-sized: Misses XS – XL

    $36.00