Digital Sewing Pattern~Ladies' 1912 Edwardian Titanic era Afternoon Gown in Sizes SM to XL (in PDF to print at home) Pattern #1912-A-029


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'Edwardian Rose' antique pattern no. 1912-A-029, in digital (PDF) format for a flattering and easy-to-fit fancy ladies' afternoon gown with beautiful applied contrast satin band detail, guipure lace insets and decorative button trim down the front. The dress consists of a classic Edwardian "kimono" bodice joined to a fairly straight skirt at the raised (Empire) waistline.

Unlike most Edwardian gowns, this one closes at centre front under a hidden placket (which means you don't need a helper to put the gown on!). The gown is finished with a pretty sash tied at front. The pattern for the sash is included.

In 1912, this gown would have been worn to a dressy daytime event, such as a garden party, formal visiting, luncheon or tea, with elbow-length gloves and of course a grand hat! A dressy shawl of lace or fine wool, or a fancy taffeta coat would complete the ensemble in perfect historical style.

The gown is intended to be unlined. I recommend wearing an Edwardian-style petticoat and corset cover underneath, or a full slip "combination", which is the way this gown would have been worn in 1912.

SEWING SKILL LEVEL: 3.5/5 (Solid intermediate experience). Although this gown is fairly straightforward to sew (for an Edwardian garment), the method of cutting out the pieces is quite unusual, and the bias satin bands that make this design unique need to be cut and applied with care. Please also note that seam allowances are NOT included on most of the pattern pieces, although clear indications are given on the pattern for where allowances are to be added.

Accordingly, you should be a confident sewist, familiar with all common construction terms and techniques. You should also be comfortable handling out-of-the-ordinary cutting layouts and bias cuts, and working with patterns on which seam allowances are not included.

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 an afternoon gown that appeared in an early 1912 French fashion publication. Aside from grading the pattern for modern sizing, no changes are made to the original cut of the garment, although a great deal of work and skill go into turning the original antique French pattern into an accessible modern pattern. 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: for details.

Please note that this listing is for the digital sewing pattern for the dress only, not the finished garment(s) shown in the photos. ;-)

This PDF pattern can be printed on any home inkjet or laser printer. Printing and assembly is easy, and full instructions are included.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a large 2-part pattern, so more printer paper will be required than for my smaller patterns, and a bit more time and patience to assemble. However the process is exactly the same. I recommend printing and assembling one sheet at a time.

The digital download files also provide you with my step-by-step sewing instructions (in English), including historical information, suggested fabrics, a guide to yardage and notion requirements and because this gown is cut in an unusual way - basic cutting layouts and guidelines. A copy of the pattern envelope cover (with the antique sketch) is also included in the download package.

The pictures show two versions of the gown made from this pattern -- one in ivory silk shantung with sea-green silk satin bands, and the other in a plum tropical wool with black silk satin bands.

Recommended Fabrics: Solid colour natural lightweight dress fabrics, such as cotton voile, lightweight or handkerchief linen, lightweight wool twill, challis or gabardine, silk shantung. Pure silk satin is best for the bias bands for a silk or wool gown. On a linen or cotton voile gown, contrast bands of either silk, linen or voile are suitable. This gown is not suitable for printed or striped fabrics.

Make your historic Edwardian event memorable with this lovely, authentic Titanic-era dress!

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.

    Average review
    Pattern was easy to tape together (except for my cat's helping) and instructions were clear and easy to interpret. This is one of the better patterns I have seen for this era.
    Jul 26, 2018 by FlapperFancies
    My first attempt at printing a digital / epattern. It was easy. Can't wait to make the dress now. The finished one looks gorgeous.
    May 28, 2016 by cinnamonhrts

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