Digital Sewing Pattern~Ladies' 1911 Edwardian Titanic Blouse with Tucks & Lace ~ Sz SM to XL (in PDF to print at home) Pattern #1911-A-017
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'Edwardian Rose' antique pattern no. 1911-A-017, in digital (PDF) format for a beautiful Edwardian "lingerie" blouse, embellished with the lovely tucks and lace insertion typical of the era. The pattern was developed from a French design of late 1911, but has been drafted in a multi-size format (see pattern cover for size details).
This is a pattern for historical purists who love Edwardian "lingerie" blouses, with all their incredible tucking and lace insertion detail. It makes up into a stunning blouse - as can be seen in the photos - in the typical “pigeon-breasted” style of the era, with a 'kimono'-style bodice (no armscye or shoulder seams), below-elbow-length sleeves, and lots of narrow tucks at front, back, and on the cuffs. The centre front is embellished with pairs of tiny decorative buttons.
The blouse has the classic high collar of the era, also made with tucks and insertion. It closes at centre back with a hidden buttoned placket.
Please note that this listing is for a sewing pattern only, not the finished blouse(s). The photos show a sample blouse made in lavender handkerchief linen with cream laces. (The blouse is shown for display purposes with a skirt and a separate sash which are not included in the pattern, but the skirt pattern -- #1912-A-064 -- is available in my shop).
If you've searched for an authentic lingerie blouse for your Edwardian walking skirt or suit, but could only find antique originals in tiny sizes or with significant condition issues, our pattern will allow you to create an authentic replica.
In 1911/1912 "lingerie blouses" were everywhere. No woman was without at least one such blouse in her wardrobe, which would be worn with a walking suit for a dressy daytime event or attendance, for visiting, or for an informal dinner with a wool, linen, or silk skirt. This blouse is intended to be worn tucked into an Edwardian skirt, preferably with a belt or draped sash (as in the photos).
I think this blouse works particularly well with my skirt pattern #1912-A-064 (as shown), but it is such a basic and versatile piece of early 20th century fashion that it would be lovely with any Edwardian skirt or suit.
SEWING SKILL LEVEL: 3/5 (Solid intermediate experience). Although there is no complex tailoring involved, the tucks and lace insertion do take patience and care to complete, and the layout and cutting are quite different from modern garments.
Construction can be made simpler by omitting the decorative tucks and/or lace insertion -- you would still have a lovely, basic Edwardian blouse. Detailed sewing instructions are included to take you step-by-step through the process of creating this blouse, but please be aware that seam allowances are not included (in order to make the various size lines easier to see and work with).
SIZE: The pattern includes 4 ladies' sizes - Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large (zoom in on the photo of the pattern envelope to see sizing details). Guidelines are included in the Sewing Instructions for making alterations beyond these sizes.
This pattern, like all my 'Edwardian Rose' patterns, is developed from an authentic historical source, in this case a blouse that appeared in a 1911 French fashion publication. Aside from grading the pattern for modern sizing, no changes are made to the original cut of the garment. To learn more about the process of developing an Edwardian Rose pattern, see my Shop Owner details.
This pattern is not a diagram or scaled-down sketch that you have to enlarge. Once you print it out and assemble the printed pages, you have a regular FULL-SIZE pattern that can be immediately cut out and sewn. It is exactly the same as a full-size paper pattern, but in PDF format, offered at a lower price than the paper version, and of course with no shipping cost!
How does an instant digital download work? See: https://www.etsy.com/ca/help/article/3949 for details.
This PDF pattern can be printed on any home inkjet or laser printer. Printing and assembly is easy, and full instructions are included.
The digital download files also provide you with my step-by-step sewing instructions (in English), including historical information, suggested fabrics, and a guide to yardage and notion requirements. A copy of the pattern envelope cover (with the antique sketch) is also included in the download package.
RECOMMENDED FABRICS: Lightweight, soft but slightly crisp fabrics, such as handkerchief linens, lightweight cotton batiste, voile or lawn, or lightweight silks such as surah or shantung. Small, repeated prints are suitable (such as tiny dotted batiste, as in the antique sketch), but stripes, diagonals or larger printed designs are not, nor are fabrics with too much body or surface texture (the fabric must tuck easily). The classic fabric for this type of lingerie blouse was fine quality white Swiss cotton batiste, with French Valenciennes laces for the insertions.
Make your historic Edwardian event memorable with this lovely, authentic Titanic-era blouse!
COPYRIGHT REMINDER: All 'Edwardian Rose' patterns and the contents of digital files are copyright, not to be copied or distributed by any means or used for commercial garment production without express prior written permission. Both paper and digital patterns are intended for the personal use of the individual purchaser only.
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I can create a custom garment from practically any pattern design in my 'Edwardian Rose' antique pattern line, provided your measurements fall within the range shown on the pattern. I will consider custom-fitting an order outside those sizes, at additional cost.
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