With so many people out there today merely creating copies of original Victorian/Edwardian/other pre-1929 patterns and trying to sell them for profit online (especially ones that were originally offered for free in period magazines), I thought it would be worthwhile to create a tumblr that promotes sharing these patterns for free instead so that anyone interested in history, historical dress, or trying to learn the quickly fading art of dressmaking through historical instruction can do so with real, authentic resources and not be hindered by the burden of cost. All patterns, instructions, and/or images here are authentic and original. I won’t be posting or accepting modern reinterpretations of original designs or modern drafts of original garments.
To use the patterns, you can freehand on drafting/tracing paper, or, if you are especially motivated, blow up the patterns to full scale to print or have printed for use. Several period dressmaking books claim making cardboard cutouts of often used patterns to be a great time-saver, and even the great Butterick Publishing Company, maker of “The Delineator” originally mailed out their patterns on thin cardboard, so please consider that as well.
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