This reproduction sewing pattern is from the May 25, 1863 issue of La Mode Illustree. Typical of the era, sizing is not present but would be approximately 32 to 34 inch for the bust and 22 to 24 inch for the waist measurement. This pattern features both the vest with center front points, and the bolero-style jacket as shown. No directions are given for trimming garment.
The vest is provided with double darts at the front edge, and a narrow shawl collar, it buttons high on the chest, and a small, optional pocket may be included. The jacket has large turn back cuffs and rounded shoulders. It lies open along the front and includes a small flare at the lower back edge.
Vest pattern measured along waist is approx. 26 inches. See below for a review of this garment:
From Re-enactor - "No matter what you do to the pattern it is a challenge to make if fit as seen in pictures. Always make a sample muslin before cutting into good material. You will have to increase the length every where. Remember the sleeve shoulder seam was about an inch to 2 inches below where we wear them today. Women (even the heavy ones) were very petite. Enjoy yourself with this as it is very versatile with fabrics and trims".
IMPORTANT NOTE: SOLID UNDERSTANDING OF VINTAGE GARMENT CONSTRUCTION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
The source material from which these early patterns are replicated contain much less information than the more modern patterns from the 1920's and 1930's.
Patterns and fashion journals published during these eras presumed that the home seamstress possessed sufficient skills to construct a garment without detailed directions. As a result, patterns for facings, linings and other details - such as instructions on how to create trims, are sketchy at best -- and usually non-existent. Most of the time sizes and yardage information is also unavailable.
Be aware that all of these patterns run small compared to our modern bodies, and were drafted with the understanding that "proper" undergarments and corsets would be worn underneath. Armholes especially tend to be much tighter and smaller than modern garments. It is very important when sewing these items to make a fitting mock-up of the pattern out of muslin or other waste fabric, and make all of the adjustments for your individual figure on the mock-up.
This pattern was originally created by Dec. 30, 1869 and the copyright has expired. This pattern has been re-digitized into it's current format. All content falls under the copyright Vintage Pattern Lending Library 2004/2017, and as such, no portion of this pattern may be photocopied or reproduced by any means without the written consent of Vintage Pattern Lending Library.
Our replicated historic patterns are the highest quality available. They are electronically digitized and printed on a high-quality graphics printer in two to three colors. Paper is a beautiful 18lb semi-transparent vellum for ease of pinning and cutting. They are NOT inferior hand drawn, photo-copied or blue-printed replications. Our reproduced patterns are printed on full size sheets - no need for taping multiple small pages, or re-sizing from a small diagram.
Our patterns include seam allowances, grain lines and updated text for ease of construction. Patterns are reproduced directly from the original source material, with no changes in order to retain the historical accuracy of the pattern. Prior sewing experience and knowledge of working with vintage patterns is recommended.
Please note: This is NOT a finished garment and the original documentation and pattern are NOT included.
We accept 100% returns on any patterns you are not happy with. Please visit us at www.vpll.org to learn more about the VINTAGE PATTERN LENDING LIBRARY and it's preservation projects.
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