1800’s Child’s Pinafore Dress Sewing Pattern

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie!

Today’s freebie will take us back to sewing in the 1800’s. Unlike the wonderful sewing patterns we have today, the patterns used in the 19th century were diagrams in magazines such as Peterson’s or Godey’s Ladies.

This is a dainty pinafore dress for a child. The material suggested to sew this pretty pinafore is Mull Muslin, Diaper or Holland.  Each of these is a thin plainwoven, opaque linen or cotton fabric. 

Childs Pinafore Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

The pattern pieces include back, front, side fronts, sleeve, shoulder and trimmings. Measurements are given in inches for each pattern piece. The dotted lines on the pattern pieces represent a fold. You’ll also notice letters and asterisks to match the pieces when sewing. The trimming is your choice and could be lace.

Antique Childs Pinafore Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

You’ll need to draw the pattern using the measurements noted. Probably on wrapping, freezer or shelf paper, taping portions together as necessary. The instructions below suggest using some old muslin rather than paper.

In a May 1877 Peterson’s Ladies Magazine volume an instruction on how to enlarge their diagrams was written. It’s assumed that most ladies of this day knew the fundamentals of sewing, but there must’ve been a few questions about copying the diagrams into a sewing pattern.

Enlarging our Diagrams - May 1877 Petersons Ladies Magazine

This explanation is included with the pattern in the PDF format file link below:

1800s Child’s Pinafore Sewing Pattern

To read a file in PDF format you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

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Vintage Traveling Slippers and Espadrilles Sewing Pattern

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Welcome to VTNS Fan Freebie Friday! These slippers and espadrilles will be a fine addition to pack for your upcoming summer travels.

The patterns today come from a 1940s sewing book that was found in many women’s homes during this era. Called an Encyclopedia of Modern Sewing it does cover almost every aspect you would need to learn the craft. Along with the many teaching tools in this book are patterns for sewing.

Vintage Crafts and More - Traveling Slippers and Espardrilles Sewing Pattern

The two we’ve chosen today are for slippers and ribbon espadrilles. The patterns are on a 1 inch grid and will need to be enlarged. We’ve included instructions from the book for doing that. Also there are a couple illustrations in the book that the patterns point to that are included below.

Traveling Slippers Pattern and Instructions

Espadrilles Pattern and Instructions

You’ll notice that these patterns and instructions refer to several illustrated figures on the book. You can find them here:

How to Enlarge a Pattern, Turn and Whip Stitch

On these pages is a great illustrated tutorial on Bias Strips:

Slippers Figures 48 to 54 Bias Strips

The patterns are in pdf format so to download it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link below and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

Enjoy!