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Folkwear Patterns

Vintage and Specialist Dressmaking Patterns

Jacket From Basics Range by Folkwear Patterns
This simple, fully-lined jacket is the perfect piece - no matter the season. The roomy fit, simple...
Overcoat From Basics Range by Folkwear Patterns
Everyone should have a warm coat in their wardrobe, and this roomy, low-calf length Overcoat fits...
Pinafore Dress From Basics Range by Folkwear Patterns
The apron, or pinafore, is one of humanity's oldest garment forms. Whether worn to cover and...
Tunic From Basics Range by Folkwear Patterns
While the word tunic comes from the Latin tunica, the tunic was not invented by the Romans....
Big Sky Riding Skirt by Folkwear
Bring out the cowgirl in you! Equestrian women of the early 20th century, who were determined to ride astride rather than sidesaddle, wore these divided skirts. An ingenious fashion, with front panel that buttons one way for a skirt and the other way for pants. Pattern is derived from a skirt worn by legendary rancher and rodeo rider, Fannie Sperry Steele.
Edwardian Bridal Gown by Folkwear
This is Edwardian charm at its best. A perfect vintage wedding dress with high neck, leg o'mutton sleeves, and flounced train. Simplified version can be a coordinated bridesmaid dress, dancing dress, or everyday fashion. Pattern includes instructions for tucks, lace insertions, and a simple veil.
Empire Dress by Folkwear Patterns
This high-waisted dress known today as "empire" was worn in the period following the French...
Ghanaian Smock Top & Dress by Folkwear
This loose-fitting top originated in northern Ghana, but is now worn in many areas of West Africa,...
Gibson Girl Blouse by Folkwear
The Gibson Girl was the ideal of feminine beauty at the turn of the 20th century, and by 1905, the...
Glamour Girl Dress by Folkwear Patterns
Glamour oozed in Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s, and this is the daytime dress the starlets wore....
Hong Kong Cheongsam by Folkwear Patterns
This classic exotic dress in two lengths is synonymous with Oriental elegance. Simple to sew, it...
Japanese Field Clothing by Folkwear Patterns
Versatile and comfortable garments include the hippari (jacket) for men and women, monpei (pants)...
Japanese Hapi & Haori by Folkwear Patterns
For formal occasions or everyday layered dressing, either jacket offers a special touch to any...
Japanese Kimono by Folkwear Patterns
The timeless simplicity of this elegant garment is still enchanting. Our unlined informal kimono...
Jewels of India by Folkwear Patterns
A grouping of truly versatile garments with a tailored kurta overshirt for men and women, kamiz...
Le Smoking Jacket by Folkwear Patterns
Smoking jackets symbolized sophistication during the 1920s and 1930s, both on the silver screen and...
Lindy Shirtdress by Folkwear Patterns
This dress comes from the 1940's when square shoulders, narrow hips, and skirts that ended just...
Metropolitan Hat by Folkwear Patterns
This hat dates from the early 20th century and represents a transitional period in millinery...
Moroccan Djellaba Hooded Caftan by Folkwear Patterns
This loose-fitted, hooded caftan is worn everyday in the Maghreb region of North Africa....
Old Mexico Dress by Folkwear Patterns
This 16th-century Spanish colonial style is quick and easy to make, with just four pattern pieces....
Poiret Cocoon Coat by Folkwear Patterns
This fully-lined Cocoon Coat was designed around 1913-1919 by Paul Poiret, a renowned early 20th...
Rosie the Riveter by Folkwear Patterns
The heroic working women of World War II inspired this factory wardrobe of camp shirt, pleated...
Sailor Pants by Folkwear Patterns
Folkwear Sailor Pants originate from those worn by WWII Navy seamen (they actually drafted them...
Sarouelles by Folkwear Patterns
Three comfortable and timeless pants designs from Turkey, Africa, and India, with elastic or...
Schoolmistress Shirtwaist & Skirt by Folkwear
Based on the vintage uniform of the 19th century schoolmarm, this two-piece outfit features a classic "shirtwaist" or blouse with beautifully different scalloped front opening and flattering princess lines. Wear it with the sweeping seven-gore skirt with optional bias trim.
Scottish Kilt by Folkwear Patterns
The romance of the Scottish Highlands is alive and well in this authentic kilt, kilt skirt, and...
Swing Coat by Folkwear Patterns
This easy, breezy coat is a snap to make, with just four main pattern pieces. The front pieces have...
The Tibetan Chupa Skirt and Dress by Folkwear
This wrapped jumper has a centuries-long history in Tibet. The Chupa features an asymmetrical wrap...
Tibetian Panel Coat by Folkwear Patterns
A festive full-length vest or sleeveless coat still worn by Tibetans today on special occasions....
Two Middies Top by Folkwear
The Middy has been a fashion classic for over a hundred years, although it has been a part of naval tradition since the days of sailing ships.  Its popularity peaked in the 1920s when newly-liberated women wore Middies for active sports and with skirts for more dressy occasions.
Victorian Shirt by Folkwear Patterns
This bib-front dress shirt was fashionable for men in the 1870s and is still elegant today. A...
Vietnamese Ao Dai by Folkwear Patterns
This feminine ensemble of flowing Tunic and wide-legged pants is considered the traditional costume...
Vintage Vests / Waistcoats by Folkwear Patterns
In Victorian times, gentlemen were not considered properly dressed without a jacket, vest (or...
Walking Skirt by Folkwear
As the Victorian age drew to a close at the beginning of the 20th century and the Edwardian age...