Quality Historical Sewing Patterns

1841 Sales


Quality Historical Sewing Patterns

1841 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Deb Salisbury

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Ramblings of a Mantua-Maker

In 1986 my boyfriend took me to BayCon and my first costume contest. I've been addicted to costuming ever since. My boyfriend married someone else (a wonderful woman), and I 'married' my sewing and craft room. ;-)

My costumes -- historic and fantastic -- have won awards at Costume Con, organized by the International Costuming Guild, WesterCon, BayCon, and WorldCon.

I create sewing patterns for historical clothing from the skin out - underwear, corsets, skirts, and bodices. It seems important to me that we remember how clothes used to be made, especially because clothing has changed so much, from the cloth to the styles we choose.

All Mantua-Maker patterns are designed, drawn, and written by me, then printed in small batches by local print shops.

I also run three other Etsy shops:

Shop members

  • Deb Salisbury

    Owner, Mantua-Maker

    I'm a long-time costumer and historical clothing lover. I also enjoy creating fantasy costumes, such as a centaur or a demon goddess. :-) I love to create historical sewing patterns and write books on historical costuming topics.

  • Churchill

    My Boss

    The sweetest cat in the world, Churchill supervises all my work, and he even tries to help with the typing.

Production partners

  • printer

    Waco, TX

    Print and copy shop

  • large-paper printer

    Waco, TX

    A former blue-print printer that now prints bond copies.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 21, 2018
Welcome to the Mantua-Maker, a historical clothing sewing pattern company, specializing in ladies' clothing. All patterns are multi-sized, and are based on actual garments, pattern drawings, engravings or photographs made during the time the garment was worn.

Each pattern is carefully researched and tested, so that any garment made from a Mantua-Maker pattern will be historically accurate, but with allowance made for the changes in women's physical build between the time the garment was originally worn and modern times.

Sewing should be fun! I try to simplify my pattern pieces to the most basic - but historically accurate - shapes. No fussy details - unless they are unavoidable to create an authentic costume. No bizarre concoctions - unless a period woman really wore it. Lots of options, variations, and decoration ideas.

I personally draft and describe my patterns: corset patterns, general underclothing and underpinning patterns, skirt patterns and bodice patterns. I work hard on creating instructions that are interesting, as well as useful. The instructions are geared toward someone who knows a little about sewing, but not necessarily a lot. Corsets need a little advanced sewing knowledge, but even there, with persistence and patience even a beginner can make a corset.

My apologies for shipping costs, but postage went up outrageously in January. I'll refund any excess postage costs over $1.00.


Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and cancellations
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
Request a cancellation: before item has shipped
I don't accept exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Please contact me if you have any problems with your order. I'll be happy to help you.

Refunds must be requested within 7 days of delivery (14 days in the EU), and will be issued after the item has been returned in salable condition. If you choose to return an item, outgoing and return postage will not be refunded.
I accept PayPal, and credit cards through Etsy and PayPal. I'll include an invoice, marked paid, in your package.

Texas residents must pay state sales tax of 8.25%
I ship all orders ASAP -- usually the next business day -- by USPS Mail, and I'll send you a shipping confirmation email. My apologies, but because I use Etsy & PayPal's shipping tools, I can only ship to the address on record.

I can ship to any country that accepts USPS deliveries. Please note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred. I cannot change the value on the customs record.

Feel free to email me for a quote on shipping multiple patterns. I can weigh your order and ask the Post Office for exact charges. If I can ship it cheaper than my posted rates, I'll refund any excess postage over $1.00
Additional policies and FAQs
My other shops here on Etsy are:
MagicSeeker, MomNDadsJewelry, and MumsParlor

For a long list of FAQs, please see

FYI 1 - All instructions are in English.

FYI 2 - I do have a cat (allergy warning; my cat has such fine fur I find stray hairs in places he could *never* get to!) but he has little contact with my patterns. My home is smoke-free, but vintage books and trim may carry their own distinctive odors.