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This is 'Edwardian Rose' antique pattern no. 1909-A-040, in digital (PDF) format for a striking and flattering walking suit (jacket & skirt) in "cutaway" style with dramatic wing collar and skirt contrast detail.
This pattern, like all my 'Edwardian Rose' patterns, is developed directly from an authentic historical source, in this case an early 1912 French design (see photo above showing the antique fashion sketch). This was a dressy costume, for promenades, visiting, luncheons, and such, that would have been worn with gloves and a magnificent hat.
Aside from grading the pattern for modern multi-sizing (see photo of envelope cover for size details), no changes have been made to the antique cut of the garment, although a great deal of technical development goes into bringing the original pattern up to modern standards and making it accessible and usable today. To learn more about the process of developing an Edwardian Rose pattern, see my Shop Owner details.
SEWING SKILL LEVEL: 3.5/5 (Solid Intermediate). This walking suit is fairly straightforward for an antique design, but does require good sewing skills. You should be familiar with common construction terms and techniques, and with the process of personal fitting of a garment during construction. If you're able to sew a modern ladies' lined jacket with set-in sleeves and lapels with facings, you should be able to sew this suit.
A DOWNLOADABLE SEWING COURSE! This pattern is actually a complete course on constructing a tailored Edwardian walking suit. The download package includes a 26-page booklet of step-by-step instructions and historical notes, with links to annotated photographs on my Web Gallery to help guide you.
Once you've completed this suit, you will have the skills and techniques to be able to construct practically any authentic Edwardian tailored suit.
Please be aware that this is a VERY LARGE pattern. The PDF pattern consists of 3 big sheets, so more printer paper will be required than for my smaller patterns, and more time and patience to assemble -- be sure to have lots of Scotch tape on hand! However the process itself is exactly the same as for the smaller patterns. To make the job easier, I recommend printing and assembling just one sheet at a time.
SIZE: The pattern includes 4 ladies' sizes. Zoom in on the photo of the pattern envelope to see size details. These sizes do not necessarily correspond to anything else on the market, so use only the size chart shown to determine whether this pattern will be appropriate for you.
EDWARDIAN FIT: As this design is taken directly from an antique original, intended for an evenly-proportioned figure of the era, the overall fit will be closer than in modern garments, with less wearing ease, especially through the upper arms, armscye, shoulders and neck. If your bust measurement is at or near the maximum for a particular size and you have a larger frame or heavier upper body, be aware that you may need to use the next size up (or alter the pattern). Guidelines are given in the sewing instructions for making moderate adjustments in fit and for altering the paper pattern.
This pattern is not a diagram or scaled-down sketch that you have to enlarge. Once you print it out and assemble the pages, you have a 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.
Please note that this listing is for the digital sewing pattern 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.
The pictures show 3 versions of the suit made from this pattern in different fabrics and colour schemes -- in sizes Medium, Large, and Extra-Large.
RECOMMENDED FABRICS: Natural fabrics in suiting weights are best, either solids or small evenly-woven glen checks, plaids or windowpane. For summer, linen or even cotton suitings are a good choice, and for cooler weather any light to mid-weight wool. Limp or flowing fabrics like velvet, challis, crepe, or obvious diagonals or stripes are not suitable. I do not recommend polyester, as it neither breathes nor drapes like a natural fabric.
Silk shantung, taffeta or faille is best for the collar, cuffs, and skirt overlay, and silk satin or shantung for the contrast bands.
Make your historic Edwardian event memorable with this dramatic and authentic Titanic-era gown!
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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Returns & exchanges
Refunds will be accepted within 30 days of purchase on the understanding that you contact me first and that the item is returned in its original condition by insured air parcel service.
On custom orders, refunds are accepted only if there is a significant problem - please contact me to discuss.
Due to the instant download process, digital items are generally non-refundable. However, if you are unhappy with your digital download, please don't hesitate to contact me, either by a convo on Etsy, or by email.
Custom Order Policies:
On most custom garment orders a 50% deposit will be required to cover the cost of fabrics and trims to be purchased for the project, and for my initial time input. If you choose fabrics that I have on hand in my stock, only a 30% deposit will be required.
Please convo me or use the "Request Custom Order" feature to make a request. Once all details have been agreed, including final price, I'll provide you with the expected completion and delivery dates and will set up a Custom Order listing for the deposit.
I'll keep you informed of my progress on the project, and once completed, I'll create a second Custom Order listing for the remainder of payment, which will be posted on Etsy at a mutually agreed date and time. The listing will remain posted for 24 hours, and payment is expected within 2 days, after which time I will list the item for open sale on Etsy or eBay at a price I set.
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.
Commissions for custom work are completed in the order in which they are received. Because I accept only a few commissions per year, 5 to 8 weeks is the usual completion time, depending upon complexity of the design.