'Edwardian Rose' antique sewing Pattern #1912-B-001, in digital (PDF) format, for a sweet 1912 Edwardian/Titanic era baby dress or christening dress and matching bonnet, embellished with hemstitching and embroidery. The dress fastens at the back with small buttons (see photo). This authentic historical pattern is a full-size (real size) PDF pattern to download and print on your home printer. It includes the original antique embroidery design, as well as my detailed sewing instructions.
SIZE: This pattern is drafted in one size only, and will fit a baby from newborn up to about 1 year old. The pattern can be adjusted up or down a size or two if you have basic alteration skills. Size adjustment guidelines are given with the pattern.
If made exactly as per the pattern, the dress will be about ankle-length on a baby, but could very easily be lengthened to christening gown length if desired. The bonnet is designed to close with an elasticized band inside a sewn casing, so can be adjusted to comfortably fit almost any head size.
Please note that this listing is for the digital baby's dress pattern ONLY, not the finished garment shown in the photos. ;-)
This pattern, like all my 'Edwardian Rose' patterns, is taken from an authentic historical source, in this case a baby dress that appeared in an early 1912 French fashion publication. Aside from clarifying and re-drafting the pattern for modern use, and adding helpful annotations, no changes are made to the original cut of the garment. To find out more about the process of developing an Edwardian Rose pattern, see my Shop Owner details.
This digital 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 my paper pattern, but in PDF format, offered at a lower price than the paper version, and of course with no shipping cost!
This PDF pattern can be printed on any home inkjet or laser printer. Printing and assembling is easy, and full instructions for printing your pattern are included.
The digital download files also provide you with my detailed sewing instructions (in English), including historical information, suggested fabrics, a guide to yardage and notion requirements, and step-by-step construction details. A copy of the pattern envelope cover (with the antique sketch) is also included in the download package.
The only thing that is not included in my patterns are layout sketches for the various fabric widths, since these would be very time-consuming to anticipate and draw out, would increase the cost of the patterns significantly and the time needed to produce each design. (Unlike Vogue or Butterick, I unfortunately don't have a staff of graphic artists on hand!).
The pictures above show the dress and matching bonnet as made from this pattern as it would have been in 1912, in a semi-sheer, lightweight cotton batiste. The embroidery was done based on the antique embroidery design, by combining common machine embroidery stitches. If you are keen on historical accuracy and have the requisite skills, you could do the embroidery by hand to exactly replicate the 1912 dress and bonnet.
RECOMMENDED SEWING SKILL LEVEL: (3/5 - Intermediate). This pattern is suitable for anyone with moderately good sewing skills. Although some careful and detailed sewing is required, and the usual patience that experience brings, there is are no truly advanced techniques involved. If you have reasonably good sewing skills but haven't yet tried making a piece of authentic Edwardian children's dresses, I recommend giving this pattern a try. The beautiful finished garment is well worth the time and care of construction.
MATERIALS REQUIRED: About 2.0 metres (2-1/4 yds) of fine batiste at least 45” wide (includes fabric for the edging bands). Mother of pearl buttons & embroidery floss to complete.
I strongly recommend using finest 100% cotton batiste (such as Swiss Nelona or Bearissima) for this outfit, especially if you plan to make it as an heirloom piece. For the embroidery design, use a quality 100% cotton machine embroidery thread (such as Mettler silk-finish embroidery cotton), or a quality embroidery floss like DMC if you plan to do the embroidery by hand.
Make this Titanic-era baby dress and bonnet for that special child, or as an heirloom christening set, or give the pattern as a gift to an heirloom sewing enthusiast!
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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