Digital Sewing Pattern~Ladies' 1911 Edwardian Titanic Blouse with Contrast ~ Sz XS to XL (in PDF to print at home) Pattern #1911-A-015


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'Edwardian Rose' antique pattern no. 1911-A-015, in digital (PDF) format for a striking Edwardian fancy blouse with contrast cuffs, yoke and neck tie and tucks embellished with pretty contrast embroidery. 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 blouse has the typical “pigeon-breasted” style of the era, with a 'kimono'-style bodice (no armscye or shoulder seams), below-elbow-length sleeves, and a high, boned collar. It closes at centre back with a buttoned placket.

Please note that this listing is for the sewing pattern only, not the finished blouse itself or other items used for display purposes in the pictures. :-)

The photos show a sample blouse made in cream silk shantung with black and cream polka-dot silk satin contrast sections. This blouse makes a particularly lovely ensemble with skirt pattern (#1911-A-023), and Shawl-jacket (#1911-A-040), as shown in the photos, and those patterns are are available in my shop.

SIZE: This pattern is drafted in 5 ladies' sizes -- Extra-Small, Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large. Zoom in on the photo of the pattern envelope to see the basic size details. (Measurements should be taken over the undergarments you intend to wear with the blouse).

Please be aware that as this design is taken directly from an antique pattern, intended for an evenly-proportioned figure of the era, the overall fit will be closer than in modern garments, with less leeway for 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, 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 altering the paper pattern.


If you've searched for an authentic, dressy Edwardian blouse, but could only find antique originals in tiny sizes or with significant condition issues, this pattern will allow you to create an authentic replica.

In 1911/12, this sort of blouse would be worn with a walking suit or fancy skirt for a dressy daytime event or attendance, for visiting, or for an informal dinner with a wool, linen, or silk skirt. The blouse is intended to be worn tucked into an Edwardian skirt, preferably with a belt or draped sash. The pattern for the draped sash is included with this pattern.

SEWING SKILL LEVEL: 3.5/5 (Advanced intermediate). Although there is no complex tailoring involved, the tucks and boned collar 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 the contrast portions, and by not boning the collar -- 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).

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: 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 also provides 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.

RECOMMENDED FABRICS: Lightweight, soft but slightly crisp fabrics, lightweight silks such as surah or shantung, handkerchief linens, lightweight cotton batiste, voile or lawn. Printed or plain silk satin or surah is best for the contrast sections (or printed batiste, voile or handkerchief linen can be used if you are making a cotton or linen blouse). Small, evenly-repeated prints are suitable (in which case the contrast sections should be made of plain coloured fabric), but stripes, diagonals or larger printed designs are not, nor are fabrics with too much body or surface texture (the fabric must tuck easily).

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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