A list of free historical costume patterns including medieval, Elizabethan and Victorian patterns.
Free Patterns Menu: Period Clothing Patterns and Cutting Diagrams
Victorian and Edwardian era jacket, suit, shirt, skirt, petticoat, and bodice patterns for women, men, and children.
Adapting the Elizabethan Lady's wardrobe for lower class use
Instructions for adapting the Elizabethan Lady's Wardrobe patterns in .pdf format. General instructions for an apron, neckcloth, partlet and flat cap.
Costuming Through the Centuries
Patterns and instructions on making SCA appropriate clothing including a 800AD Anglo Saxon Tunic, 900AD Viking Apron Dress, 1330AD Cotehardie, 1350AD Sideless Surcoat, 1410AD Houppelande.
Free corset patterns
Detailed patterns for six different corsets. Downloadable .zip file
1911 Corset Sew Along
A free Edwardian corset pattern and instructions in sew-along style.
C.A. Griswold 1884 corset
Original patent pattern design and specifications of a 1884 corset.
Vintage 1950s crinoline
Alice Lon tells us how to sew a 48 yard, 12 oz petticoat with nine yards of nylon net. The article was first published in the September 1-7 1956 issue of TV Guide.
Large scale printable circle pattern. The pattern is actually nested quarter circles. Markings are provided to make circles from 1" to 58" in diameter.
Historically Correct 1910 Brassiere Pattern
”I have the good fortune to have a 1910s brassiere (or "bra") in my collection, and have taken a pattern from it."
DawnPages -- Costume Patterns
Great beginners tutorials for a bodice, tunic, chemise, skirt and breeches.
Free Shrug or Bolero Pattern
Diary of a Renaissance Seamstress' own original free bolero pattern.
How to make bloomers
PDF handout shows you how to make your own custom bloomers.
The Tudor Costume Page
Instructions and in-progress pictures on how to pattern and sew a kirtle gown ensemble including shift, petticoat, sleeves and coif.
The Chocolate Francaise
How to drape and sew a custom fitted 18th century robe a la francaise. Also known as a sacque gown. No pattern needed.
Constructing a 16th c. Flemish Ensemble
How to make an ensemble which looks like those worn by 16th century Flemish marketwomen, servants and kitchenworkers.
Italian Renaissance Gown Construction
Start to finish instructions to make your own italian gown including sleeve variations, undergarments and embellishments.
Custom Corset Pattern Generator
Enter your measurements and this system will produce a custom Elizabethan corset. Complete with sewing instructions.
Making a Gored Kirtle Pattern
Flemish gown based roughly on the 1570-1580 loose kirtle described in Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 1560-1620.