Free Historical Costume Patterns

Free Historical Costume Patterns
A list of free historical costume patterns including medieval, Elizabethan and Victorian patterns.
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RedVelvetsRealm
Thank you so much for posting so much valuable info on your site! I appreciate it so much!!

Random question: Do you go to Wicked Faire? I'm asking around to see if anyone I know will be there, I think I'm going to go this year(2011) =) I got a really good inspiration for a costume design from the movie BlackSwan...!!! =)

Artemisia
Wicked Faire? Oh yes, I've gone twice and plan to go again in 2011. Check out "The Evil Queen" for my plans for this years costume and for more information. The last two years were "Fantasy Willemina Wonka" and "Fantasy Steampunk Mad Hatter". FYI: If you need to book a room I suggest you do so immediately. The hotel is already sold out and nearby hotels are filling up fast.

zhoak
in the first pattern of the corsets, it dosnt put the inches for scaling when you print them. how i know at what scale i have to print/draw them?

Laura
Thank you! This is such a treasure trove! I am so grateful.

Artemisia Moltabocca
You are welcome Laura. If you haven't already, be sure to follow me on Pinterest. That's where I usually add all my new pattern discoveries.

Artemisia Moltabocca
@zhoak You'll have to scale them up to your measures. Work with the width first. I would start by enlarging the pattern until you get the total of your waist measure minus 2" for waist reduction. Look at the pattern, find the waistline and measure there.

Remember that you'll have to add 1" or so for seam allowances around every pattern piece before you cut it. For an automatic seam allowance, I like taping two or three different color washable markers together and use one edge to draw around the pattern. The other marker follows along and draws in the seam allowance.

I'm not sure what your sewing skill level is, but if you find this all too much then I recommend sewing up the Edwardian corset in my tutorial as an example. The corset pattern has a scale, but entire process of sewing the corset is a good primer in fitting and scaling a pattern to your body. I learned so much from it, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to take their skill level up a notch. You'll find the link to sew up the corset in the tutorial.

Daniela
Thank you for sharing all this patterns! I'm trying to make a Tudor costume for my doll and I wonder if I have to had some boomers as I'm not quite sure they were used in that period, any suggestion for underwear?

Artemisia Moltabocca
Oh yes, bloomers were used, as were chemises and corsets. Try the "how to make bloomers' link above. For chemises, try one of my own free chemise patterns. You can find them under the "Tutorials" tab link at the top of my blog. For corsets, try the corset pattern generator above. Also, Let me know how your doll patterns turn out. :)

KERRY JAYNE
THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL SITE. I LOVE THE SEWING TIPS AND PHOTOS THAT MAKE EVERYTHING SO CLEAR. I AM INTERESTED IN MAKING A 1913 WORKING (FARMERS WIFE)WOMANS OUTFIT. I ASSUME THAT IT WOULD PROBABLY BE MORE LATE VICTORIAN THAN UP-TO-DATE EDWARDIAN AS THE LOWER CLASSES WERE USUALLY USING CLOTHES THAT WERE LONGER LASTING AND NOT SO FASHIONABLE AS UPPER CLASS LADIES. HAVE YOU GOT A VIEW ON THIS?

Artemisia Moltabocca
If the lady was a working farmer's wife, then I would think she'd wear very loose fitting, utilitarian clothing for everyday. Just because she's a farmer's wife doesn't mean she's out of step with fashion! I'm sure a working class woman would've appreciated the easier-wearing styles of the day.

ruth gustafson
I was wanting to know if you had instructions for the 6 corset patters, I'm looking for RP-COR3. I have printed and added seam allowence, but I want to know if there is anything else that I don't know.

Thanks for the help and making these patterns.