E-Pattern- Early 1920s SEWING PATTERN Knit Cardigan Sweater -Wearing History PDF 1900 Vintage Historical Costume Sewing Pattern 20s Flapper

E-Pattern- Early 1920s SEWING PATTERN Knit Cardigan Sweater -Wearing History PDF 1900 Vintage Historical Costume Sewing Pattern 20s Flapper



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Wearing History Archive Couture Pattern #AC116
Download and PRINT AT HOME on US Letter or A4 size paper.

Cardigan Sweater

This pattern was designed in the period to be sewn from knit fabric such as jersey. I have not tried in this in woven fabric.

This is not available as a printed pattern.

***** EXPERT DIFFICULTY**** (read more below)

One Size Only- Size 42" Bust

**About This Pattern**

This e-pattern has been remastered from an original Pictorial Review pattern. We estimate this pattern to be from 1921-1922. Also works well for 1919-1925.

Archive Couture patterns are an exercise for one’s skills, and an adventure into understanding sewing from antique patterns. Please read more details about this pattern below.


****Size and Yardage****

This pattern is available in one size only. Size 42" Bust.

You may be able to cut from less fabric on modern widths. Test pattern placement on a modern width to estimate yardage.


-A clean, computer drawn pattern of the basic pattern shapes needed to create the garment illustrated.
-Very basic original text-only sewing instructions

- - What Is NOT INCLUDED With This Pattern - -

As per the "About Archive Couture Patterns" paragraph below, what is not included is standard of patterns of this age.

-NO sewing illustrations. You must be familiar with how to put a garment together using pattern shapes and garment illustration.
-NO finishing techniques
-NO in depth sewing instructions or technique

This pattern is exactly as given in the period in terms of pattern pieces and perforated markings. THIS PATTERN HAS NOT BEEN TESTED for fit or construction and has not been trued up. But we offer it because of it's rarity and because it is important to preserve our dressmaking history and make them available to use and learn from.

Included are the original period instructions that are text only and very, very sparse. A knowledge of period sewing techniques is recommended. Free books for period sewing are available on Archive.Org and Google Books, and you'll most likely want to cross reference those when constructing this garment.

- - About Archive Couture Patterns - -
Archive Couture patterns are of Advanced Difficulty and recommended for those who are familiar with putting patterns together with little to no instruction, and who are familiar with pattern alterations for fit. These patterns are have been taken from original historical source materials. These sources may include diagrams, overlapping patterns in magazine issues, early tissue paper patterns, or other period source material. The source material was used by experienced home sewists, dressmakers, or tailors of the period from which they are derived. These patterns were only available only in single sizes, with details such as grain lines or buttonholes most often unmarked. Wearing History has clarified markings (where given) and supplied tips for working with these historical patterns. You may choose to have a modern or period sewing book on hand to help with construction and fitting. Archive Couture patterns follow the period shapes of the original period source material, maintaining the historical accuracy and fit of the completed garment. Fitting a muslin mockup is strongly recommended, as all garments were meant to be worn over period foundation garments or corsetry. Fit and proportion of these patterns are different than modern costume patterns and may require alteration to fit your modern body, even when wearing period style foundations. Several mock ups may be required to achieve ideal fit. We believe these patterns should not be lost to time or languish in historical archives, but be made available for historical sewing enthusiasts of today.



This pattern is formatted for USA Letter Size and A4 sized paper. You will need to print this pattern to 100% scale. Open the "READ-ME-FIRST" File for instructions on printing and piecing your pattern.

This pattern is tiled into letter sized paper. This pattern file is formatted to fit on both sizes of paper, and there will be varying thicknesses of white border, which will be cut off, according to pattern instructions.

You will print these documents on your home printer, cut, and tape them together, to form a larger pattern layout. Then you cut and use your pattern just as you would a normal home sewing pattern.

This pattern comes in a ZIP folder that must be decompressed to use, and uses a LOT of paper.

*****The pattern uses 47 pages of paper*****

-1 for the e-pattern "how to" sheet.
-35 pages for the sewing pattern
-5 pages for the instructions

41 total sheets of 8.5" x 11" sized paper or A4 sized paper are needed to print this pattern.
You can read the sewing instructions on your computer to reduce paper use.

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