Digital Sewing Pattern~Ladies' 1909 Edwardian Titanic Grand Ball/Evening Gown (in PDF to print at home) Pattern #1909-A-003

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This is 'Edwardian Rose' antique pattern no. 1909-A-003, in digital (PDF) format for a stunning grand ball or evening gown from the height of the Belle Epoque, with a flattering empire silhouette, lace overbodice, and the iconic Edwardian swirling formal train, the silk charmeuse of the skirt falling into elegant pools of reflected colour.

The gown is constructed, like all formal garments of the Edwardian era, in successive layers on a boned taffeta foundation (underbodice) to create the iconic "S-bend" silhouette of the era.

This pattern, like all my 'Edwardian Rose' patterns, is developed directly from an authentic historical source, in this case a ball gown that appeared in a November, 1909 French fashion publication (see photos above showing the antique French fashion sketch). This was an "avant-garde" design for the time, and would have continued to be in fashion from 1910 through 1912.

This was a gown for the most formal of evening occasions, to be worn with opera-length gloves and dressy hair accessories such as a jewelled band or ostrich feather(s).

Aside from grading the pattern for modern multi-sizing (see photo of envelope cover for size details), no changes have been 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.

SEWING SKILL LEVEL: 4/5 (ADVANCED). This is a project for a confident, experienced sewist. You should be fully familiar with common construction terms and techniques, and with the process of personal fitting of a garment during construction. You should also be comfortable handling "challenging" fabrics (like silk satin), and bias cuts.

If you're able to construct a modern silk charmeuse evening gown with a boned foundation you should find this gown fairly similar in the type of skills required. However, I must admit that I have seen more difficult "Advanced" Vogue designer patterns, which is why I didn't rate the skill involved in this pattern at the highest 5/5 skill level.

A DOWNLOADABLE SEWING COURSE! This pattern is actually a complete course on constructing a formal Edwardian evening gown. The download package includes an illustrated 33-page booklet of step-by-step instructions and historical notes, with links to annotated photographs on my web gallery showing each segment of the construction process to guide you through.

Once you've completed this gown, you will have the skills and techniques to be able to construct practically any authentic formal Edwardian evening gown.

Please be aware that this is a VERY LARGE pattern. The PDF pattern consists of 4 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 - Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large. Zoom in on the photo of the pattern envelope to see sizing details. These sizes do not necessarily correspond to anything else on the market, so please 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 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 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 two versions of the gown made from this pattern -- one in purple silk satin (in size Medium), and the other in taupe silk charmeuse (in size Large).

RECOMMENDED FABRICS: Solid colour silk satin or silk charmeuse for the main skirt and underbodice, good quality lace for the draped overbodice, silk taffeta or fine cotton percale for the bodice foundation, and China silk or Bemberg rayon for the underskirt. This gown is not suitable for printed or striped fabrics. I do not recommend using synthetics, and especially not polyester, as it neither breathes nor drapes like silk.

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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