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Folkwear Patterns




Vintage | Special Interest | Retro | Costume

Folkwear provides sewing patterns that are based on authentic ethnic and vintage garments collected during travels to other countries.  All the patterns are flexible enough to be used for costuming as well as making unique every-day-wear. 
So many different types of people use Folkwear patterns. There are historic re-enactors, Renaissance Faire participants, theatre costume designers, and lovers of creative art-to-wear. Residents of historic neighbourhoods and members of antique auto clubs use the patterns to dress to the appropriate historic period for their annual events.These patterns lend themselves well to embellishments from smocking to embroidery to quilting.  They can help you expand your sewing skills and creativity. 
Each pattern comes with a short explanation of the historic or cultural context of the garment, and how the garment would have been traditionally worn and embellished.
Japanese Field Clothing - Folkwear Patterns
(Code: FWP112)
Versatile and comfortable garments include the hippari (jacket) for men and women, monpei (pants) and padded jacket for women. Beautiful in traditional ethnic prints or coordinating new-age fabrics. Instructions included for traditional folded and stitched ties.
Suggested fabrics: For Hippari and Field Pants, choose medium-weight tightly woven...
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Japanese Kimono - Folkwear Patterns
(Code: FWP113)
The timeless simplicity of this elegant garment is still enchanting. Our unlined informal kimono (yukata) can be worn in various lengths, as a dress, coat, or robe. Pattern includes instructions for shibori dyeing, sashiko embroidery, and for making an informal obi or sash.
Suggested fabrics: Light or medium-weight cotton, rayon, or silk. Yukata...
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Sarouelles - Folkwear Patterns
(Code: FWP119)
Three comfortable and timeless pants designs from Turkey, Africa, and India, with elastic or drawstring waist and ankle variations. Full and flowing easy-sew styles are perfect for casual wear, yoga, belly dancing, or costuming. Historical lore and traditional embroidery designs included.
Suggested fabrics: The Turkish pants look best in...
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Hong Kong Cheongsam - Folkwear Patterns
(Code: FWP122)
This classic exotic dress in two lengths is synonymous with Oriental elegance. Simple to sew, it has only two main pattern pieces and an appealing side-front opening topped off with a mandarin collar. Pattern includes instructions for custom fitting and authentic embellishment.
Pattern is for dress with facings at front opening, hem, and side...
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Japanese Hapi & Haori - Folkwear Patterns
(Code: FWP129)
For formal occasions or everyday layered dressing, either jacket offers a special touch to any wardrobe. Simple rectangular shapes are great for inventive color and texture combinations. A pattern for the tabi, the traditional split-toe slipper socks, is included.
Suggested fabrics: For the Hapi, choose light to medium-weight soft or crisp...
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Jewels of India - Folkwear Patterns
(Code: FWP135)
A grouping of truly versatile garments with a tailored kurta overshirt for men and women, kamiz tunic and bias-cut churidar pants for women. The simple shapes of these garments make it easy to vary them creatively. Top everything off with the Gandhi hat. Pattern includes historical information about Indian dress.
Suggested fabrics: For the Kurta,...
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Vietnamese Ao Dai - Folkwear Patterns
(Code: FWP139)
This feminine ensemble of flowing Tunic and wide-legged pants is considered the traditional costume of Vietnam. The easy-sew Tunic features front and back waist shaping darts, mandarin collar, front neckline/armhole opening, tapered long sleeves with elbow darts, and long free-hanging front and back panels. The Pants have an easy full-legged fit,...
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Old Mexico Dress - Folkwear Patterns
(Code: FWP142)
This 16th-century Spanish colonial style is quick and easy to make, with just four pattern pieces. Make it as a below-knee dress or a top-of-the-thigh blouse, then fancy it up with the embroidery stitches on your sewing machine, or with other fun and colorful decoration.
Suggested fabrics: Woven cottons and cotton blends, such as muslin,...
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Scottish Kilt - Folkwear Patterns
(Code: FWP152)
The romance of the Scottish Highlands is alive and well in this authentic kilt, kilt skirt, and Prince Charlie jacket and vest. To complete the ensemble, knit the lacy vest for women and the argyle socks for men. Pattern includes complete instructions for measuring, pleating, and constructing the Kilt and Kilt Skirt; pattern pieces for cutting out...
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Victorian Shirt - Folkwear Patterns
(Code: FWP202)
This bib-front dress shirt was fashionable for men in the 1870s and is still elegant today. A perfect companion with a vest or as a woman's oversized tunic or nightshirt. Pattern includes instructions for finishing touches.
Suggested fabrics: Shirting weight fabrics such as broadcloth, gingham, muslin, or lightweight cotton flannel.
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Empire Dress - Folkwear Patterns
(Code: FWP215)
This high-waisted dress known today as "empire" was worn in the period following the French Revolution in the late 1700s. The revealing style, requiring few undergarments, reflected a desire to return to simpler, classical Grecian dress after the excesses of the European nobility. Narrow bodice is gathered into a skirt that is slim in front and...
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Glamour Girl Dress - Folkwear Patterns
(Code: FWP233)
Glamour oozed in Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s, and this is the daytime dress the starlets wore. It emphasizes curves, drapes elegantly, and lends an air of discreet sexiness. The close-fitting bodice is visually cinched in with front waistline ties, and fits smoothly into a flared skirt. Shoulder pads lend that commanding air to any aspiring...
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Le Smoking Jacket - Folkwear Patterns
(Code: FWP238)
Smoking jackets symbolized sophistication during the 1920s and 1930s, both on the silver screen and in real life. Our classy version features contrasting or quilted lapels, cuffs, and pocket trim. Pattern includes instructions for women's knitted tank top to wear underneath.
Suggested fabrics: Medium-weight fabrics such as velvet, velveteen,...
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Blonde Bombshell - Folkwear Patterns
(Code: FWP239)
Celebrate your femininity in this full-skirted, dramatic style from the 1950s. Make it in colorful cotton for a summer sundress or shimmering brocade for an evening party any time of the year. Pattern includes instructions for knitted bolero sweater to wear on top.
Suggested fabrics: Light to medium-weight fabrics such as cotton, silk, or blends.
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Rosie the Riveter - Folkwear Patterns
(Code: FWP240)
The heroic working women of World War II inspired this factory wardrobe of camp shirt, pleated slacks, and overalls with sweetheart bib. Pattern includes historical information and instructions for knitted sweater and crocheted snood that keeps hair in place.
Suggested fabrics: For Shirt, choose medium-weight cotton, rayon, silk, or blends.
For...
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Swing Coat - Folkwear Patterns
(Code: FWP254)
This easy, breezy coat is a snap to make, with just four main pattern pieces. The front pieces have neck extensions that stitch together at center back to form the collar. The back is stitched into a back yoke and features a deep pleat for maximum "swing." Sleeves are narrow at the wrist so you can push them up for a casual look, and they stay...
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Metropolitan Hat - Folkwear Patterns
(Code: FWP269)
This hat dates from the early 20th century and represents a transitional period in millinery history -- following the oversize Victorian confections of veiling and stuffed birds, but before the head-hugging cloches of the 1920s. Fast and easy to sew, it has a casual and slightly slouchy look, with a modest brim and fabric flowers at center front....
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Poiret Cocoon Coat - Folkwear Patterns
(Code: FWP503)
This fully-lined Cocoon Coat was designed around 1913-1919 by Paul Poiret, a renowned early 20th century designer. It features bat wing sleeves, one-piece front/back body, neckband, and hobble skirt. The easy-sew Reticule (drawstring bag), typical of the same period, is fully lined and closes with decorative cording; it is embellished with a...
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