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Announcement    I sell both E-PATTERNS to download and PRINTED PATTERNS mailed to you! Find pre-printed patterns under WH PRINTED PATTERNS tab or at http://wearinghistory.clothing
Sewing tutorials available at http://wearinghistoryblog.com and WearingHistory on YouTube
Started adding A0 options to e-patterns in 2021! So now you can print and home OR send to a copy shop! Message me for prior purchases.
Please check our FAQ for additional info. Thanks!


Last updated on Sep 2, 2021

I sell both E-PATTERNS to download and PRINTED PATTERNS mailed to you! Find pre-printed patterns under WH PRINTED PATTERNS tab or at http://wearinghistory.clothing
Sewing tutorials available at http://wearinghistoryblog.com and WearingHistory on YouTube
Started adding A0 options to e-patterns in 2021! So now you can print and home OR send to a copy shop! Message me for prior purchases.
Please check our FAQ for additional info. Thanks!


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About WearingHistory

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About Wearing History

A short little bit of backstory:

Wearing History is all about reclaiming the fascinating past of clothing and fashion and creating it in a new way while we make our own mark on history during our lifetime. We make something old, make something new, and learn a lot about handcraft, creating, slow making, and lost arts in the process.

In this shop I sell both PDF download and printed sewing patterns. Most are multi-sized mostly originating from rare antique and vintage originals. I'll sometimes add my notes, sketches, and sample/mock up photo, depending on each individual pattern's need. I also sell patterns I have drafted myself that are inspired by fashion's past.

Because these patterns are a glimpse a the past through primary sources, the sizing standard across pattern styles are not universal. Each originated in a different time period when there were different standard sizing depending on undergarments worn, foundation garments or corsetry, etc. Expect to make some changes to fit your own unique figure in a way that's comfortable and flattering for you <3. You can read the FAQ section for more info.

About Me:
I'm second generation Californian, third generation antiquer and history buff. I have a small family, including two cats, and we love creating these fun patterns for folks to sew and learn from in a hands-on way. I believe greatly in handcraft as a form of self expression, and a way to celebrate joy, help in hardship, and weather all the paths of life.

I have a degree in fashion design with an emphasis on costume design. I've been sewing since I was eight years old and studying historical fashion through primary sources for over twenty-five years. Before doing patterns full-time I worked in San Diego area in theatre costume– as a stitcher for the San Diego Opera and as a stitcher and first hand at the La Jolla Playhouse.

I call myself a "historical fashion specialist" because of my life-long fascination and inexhaustible research of fashion's past. My primary eras of interest are the early 20th century through the 1910s, and the 1930s. I love collecting antique garments and periodicals and incorporating that research into my works. Rest assured, every pattern you can find in my shop has been well researched and meets criteria for works based on public domain materials, with additions by me.

You can find me on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook all with the same name: WearingHistory. I share original garments, fashion history, antique magazine articles, sewing tutorials, and other resources to help with your personal creative works and research.

Thanks and Happy Sewing!

Shop members

  • Lauren

    Owner, Designer

    I love vintage fashion, especially the Edwardian era through the 1950s! I sew up a storm, and am always making myself clothing from vintage patterns. I am also a pattern designer and sell my patterns on my off-etsy website.

Production partners

  • Local Cut and Sew Factory

    Oceanside, CA

    I chose this local based business that is family owned because they have excellent quality and knowledge, and promote our local economy. The partner I chose is ethical and meets all of our local and state requirements.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 16, 2019
If you have a question, please allow up to 48 hours for a response. Please allow time for me to get back to a computer to check my messages :o)


My name is Lauren, and Wearing History is a one-woman run small business that strives to make fashion of the past available today.

I have a passion for historic fashion, and love to share this with my friends and customers. I have a degree in fashion design and have studied costume design on an academic level. I love to combine the knowledge I’ve accumulated with my passions in order to make the best quality patterns and ready to wear clothing I can, in a variety of styles that are hard to find elsewhere.

Please read the FAQ for more information about the patterns I offer here.

---- Pattern Use Policy ----

The main focus of Wearing History Sewing Patterns has always been making patterns available for individuals to sew garments for themselves. This has not changed. We believe in your creativity and investing in yourself, your skills, and talents, and watching them grow. This still holds true, and this is the main intent of why I make these sewing patterns available.

Up until this point, Wearing History Patterns were for non-profit personal use only. Such as- for making garments for yourself, a family member, or friend. They could also be used for church bazaar fundraisers or charitable work. But the time has come for us to revisit our intent, and as such, the use policy has been changed.

We believe in small makers supporting one another. We also believe in community among small makers.

In light of this, our new policy allows personal home sewing use INCLUDING creating objects for sale on a small scale.

This new policy means you personally can use the pattern to make things to sell for craft fairs, maker fairs, Etsy shops, and other small home based business uses, PROVIDED you mention Wearing History in the product listing or tag, and give us a link back (or hashtag and tag Wearing History on social media where you can't post links such as Instagram). I support you, you support me.

---The Nitty Gritty Details--

If you chose to use Wearing History patterns to make items for sale we ask that you please comply with the following:

-If you use Wearing History Patterns to create a garment for sale, please mention us and link back to us. That way we support each other as makers.

-We ask that you do not use our images. If you chose to create a garment for sale from Wearing History Patterns, you must provide images of a garment you have made yourself. You may not use our pattern cover images or our sample images. Our images are protected under intellectual property rights.

-The new use policy does NOT allow commercial production using Wearing History sewing patterns. Commercial production means having others sew garments for you on an industrial scale (whether small or large scale, whether in home or outside the home). Our patterns are not intended or drafted for commercial industrial use.

-Wearing History is not liable for your compliance with regional, local, or state laws pertaining to small business. It's up to you to check if you are allowed to create garments in your home and comply with any legal business requirements.

-Wearing History is not liable for your compliance with laws pertaining to ready made children's garments. We create patterns based on period originals or new patterns drafted to evoke historical time eras, but the creation of the end product is up to you. There are laws in place for children's garments and the fabrics, notions, and trims you use that you must research and comply to.

-Our patterns are blueprints to a style. Since the main intent is for individuals to create garments for themselves, it is assumed a mock up will be made to check fit and proportions and then tailored to your needs. If you use Wearing History Patterns to create a garment for sale, it is suggested you test the fit and construction of different size fit models and adjust as needed. We're not responsible for the fit or size of your final garment.

-All Wearing History Patterns themselves, whether printed patterns or e-patterns, are protected by intellectual property rights and are all rights reserved. You cannot forward, copy, or distribute Wearing History patterns as this is against the use policy. Please support small business by telling your friends they can purchase their own copy of Wearing History Patterns through this website.

All patterns bought prior or after October 2016 now fall under the use policy regardless of when the pattern was purchased or what is stated on the pattern itself.


- - - ~More About Original Period Vintage Sewing Patterns~ - - -
Vintage sewing patterns will have age wear and use that are common with antique paper, including the "old paper" smell, which most vintage folks love! Vintage sewing patterns do not handle as modern patterns as they are quite old and in most cases were previously used. If you are worried about damaging your pattern you may choose to trace it off prior to use on different paper. Most pre-1950s patterns were made of unprinted tissue with perforations (or holes) for markings.

***Vintage patterns had different sizing than patterns of today. *** Bust, waist, and hip measurements are given in inches. Please go by your corresponding measurements instead of the pattern size number.

- - - ~More About Original Period Vintage Clothing~ - - -
Vintage clothing and accessories can be more fragile than modern clothing and are not new should be expected to have some wear and age issues, so please keep that in mind when ordering. Fit of vintage clothing can be quite different than modern clothing, as ease and cut were different than today's standards. Please compare your measurements with the flat measurements given, and allow extra room for ease of wearing. Two inches extra is recommended in the bust and hips, and 1/2" to 1" extra are recommended for the waist.

- - - ~Things to Keep In Mind About Your Vintage Purchase. Read Before Ordering~ - --
All vintage items are previously used, unless otherwise noted, and I try to disclose any major issues. Even if a vintage item was unused or unworn, minor flaws should be expected from age wear and storage from past decades. I receive all items listed here from various places and in most cases do not know their prior "life" before I receive them. Please do not expect vintage items to be in new condition- they do have a bit of a history, which most vintage lovers find adds to their charm and mystery!

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Returns and Exchanges are not allowed on sewing patterns. Sorry!

VINTAGE ITEMS- If you have received an item in error, or an item you haver received is defective, contact us immediately, by filling out the refund request form, so we can rectify the situation.

If you believe that you receive an item that was misrepresented, or you find there is a problem with your item upon receipt, please contact me ASAP so we can work on a resolution. Most vintage items listed are one of a kind, so items will not be able to be substituted or exchanged. I do value each of my customers and want you to be happy with your purchase!

Regarding original vintage patterns: If I made a mistake on counting vintage pattern pieces, or if you purchase a pattern that is in factory folds and when you open it you find it is missing pieces contact me and return within 3 business days of receiving it and the original cost will be refunded after the pattern is sent back. This, of course, does not apply to patterns that are noted in the description as missing pieces.
I accept Paypal payments and payments via Credit Card.

I charge 8% Sales tax for California residents, per California regulations.

Your transaction will show up as "Wearing History" in your paypal account, which is my legal business name.

EU Vat for Digital Product-
As of 2015, EU residents will need to pay VAT on digital purchases. Etsy handles all collection and remittance of tax. You will see the charges at checkout for your digital purchases if you are an EU resident.

I will do layaway for vintage items over $150 each. The cost can be split up into 3 bi-weekly payments of the item price, with the first payment to have the shipping cost added. Layaway payments are non-refundable, so please be certain of your purchase decision before requesting layaway.
All E-patterns are digital files that are available immediately after checkout. They do not require shipping.

For physical items that may be listed in my store, the following shipping terms apply:

****PLEASE ALLOW UP TO 7 DAYS FOR ITEMS TO SHIP**** If you need an item quicker, please check with me before purchase to see if I can accommodate your request PRIOR to ordering. Thank you!

Unless otherwise noted, all items ship via USPS First Class Mail. First class mail can take up to a week to reach locations within the USA, and can take from three weeks to a month to reach locations outside of the USA. Please contact me if you wish to upgrade to a faster shipping method.

While I do my best to give accurate shipping quotes, in the event that shipping was underestimated and more funds are needed, I will message you and let you know any additional amount owed.

Please be aware that international packages can take quite a while to reach their destination. Unless otherwise noted in the listing, all packages are shipped via First Class International, which usually take from three weeks to over a month to reach their destination. If you would like to upgrade to a faster shipping method, please contact me before purchasing the item so I can adjust your item total.

Depending on your country, customs charges may be applicable for purchases on your end. Customs charges vary from country to country- please check with your post office to see which charges may apply. Please note I do not mark items as "gift", and put the actual item price (excluding shipping) on forms according to US laws. I do not cover customs charges, so please be sure to factor in any fees which may be incurred by your country's postal system.

If you live outside the USA and want tracking for your purchase it will need to be upgraded to Express Mail (which also includes insurance)- please message me for shipping quotes if you would like your items shipped this way. Be aware that Express mail is very pricey, and once it leaves the USA it will often not update where the package is until it is delivered.

Etsy now allows us to insure first class mail international packages through a third party shipping insurance agency. If you would like insurance for your purchase, please contact me, as shipping charges listed do not include insurance fees.

If your order weight goes over 4 lbs when it's packaged, the package can not be shipped via First Class mail or via Priority Flat rate. Because of that, packages weighing over 4 lbs will be VERY expensive to ship- $50 and higher. If your package shipping was underestimated by the Etsy shipping calculator I will send you a message letting you know so that I can tell you what additional amount is owed, or you can let me know if you'd like to edit your order because of the high shipping costs.

I do not ship to destinations of Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria, via USPS regulations. Sorry!

As my items listed here are one of a kind and cannot be replaced, I do not cover damage in transit, stolen packages, or packages lost in transit. If you're concerned that this may occur to your package, please send me a message after purchase and let me know to add shipping insurance to your purchase. This service is an additional fee from based on item value- usually between $1-$5, but for valuable items it's a good way to protect your investment.

Unless otherwise noted, all items ship via USPS First Class Mail. First class mail can take up to a week to reach locations within the USA, and can take from three weeks to a month to reach locations outside of the USA.

Holidays, weather, mis-routed packages, and other unforeseen things may occur once the package is in the hands of the shipping agent which may delay the arrival.

If you are an international customer and have not received your package, and it has been longer than two weeks, please contact your local post office. It may be being held for customs duty and customers have informed me that occasionally their post offices do not notify them of this.

Paypal should forward you a tracking number through email on all orders within the USA, and if it doesn't you can find the number in your Paypal transaction record on the Paypal site. If you have paid with a Credit Card, I will note your tracking number on Etsy. Tracking numbers are not available for international packages except in the case of Express mail, but customs form numbers are noted which will update occasionally en route, including when they leave the United States and when they reach the international destination. Customs numbers can also come in handy if you need to visit your local post office in order to inquire about a late package, as they are sometimes held for customs duty and the post office neglects to notify the customer.

If you live outside the USA and want tracking for your purchase it will need to be upgraded to Express Mail (which also includes insurance)- please message me for shipping quotes if you would like your items shipped this way. Be aware that Express mail is very pricey, and once it leaves the USA it will often not update where the package is until it is delivered.
Additional policies and FAQs
Printed and mailed versions of patterns are available at http://wearinghistory.clothing

More information

Last updated on Jun 9, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Tell me how Wearing History patterns differ from vintage patterns.

**Note in the description if you're purchasing an original vintage pattern or a Wearing History pattern**
--You do not have to be afraid of harming a delicate original vintage pattern.
--They cost a fraction of the price of purchasing an original rare vintage pattern.
--The patterns are easier to understand and clearly marked pieces instead of holes or dot markings.
--Most patterns are multi-sized so you can cut the size you need. Original vintage patterns were only single size in a packet.
--E-patterns are downloadable and printable at home. You can buy and start sewing in a weekend!
--Several Wearing History patterns are drafted by me and/or have new instructions (These are the Signature Styles patterns).

What sort of fit or ease can I expect with these patterns?

--Very little ease is included in comparison to modern standards, and most run true to size.
--Armholes and sleeves fit higher than tighter than modern standards. You may need to alter your sleeves & armscyes if you prefer modern fit with more ease.
--Resto-Vival patterns are based on original period patterns and were meant to be worn with period foundations- Girdles, period bras, etc may make a difference in fit. A Victorian or Edwardian garment will be sized to fit over a corset.
--All patterns are based on Misses or Women's patterns. Petites, tall, juniors, and & sizes will most likely need adjustments
--ALWAYS make a mock up before cutting into your final fabric.

What type of patterns are your "Signature Style" patterns?

New patterns based on original period sources or brand new designs with new step-by-step illustrated instructions, improved fit, and new cutting layouts and yardage requirements for modern fabric widths. These patterns can either be based on period originals with changes that improve the original pattern fit and instructions, or a unique draft to Wearing History that has been drafted by me personally and heavily researched to be period correct. These patterns also include instructions that are hand drawn or digitally drawn and composed by me personally.

What type of patterns are your "Resto-Vival" patterns?

Resto-Vival patterns are restored and revived based on historical pattern source material. Original patterns are usually available only in single sizes, precut from tissue paper and totally unprinted, with details like grainlines and darts indicated only by small perforations. Resto-Vival™ patterns are clearly marked with drawn and labeled markings. Resto-Vival™ patterns follow the period shapes of the original patterns, maintaining the historical accuracy of the completed garment. Original period instructions are included, the complexity of which can vary from pattern to pattern. Older patterns may have text only instructions. Intermediate to advanced sewing knowledge is recommended. We suggest keeping a sewing book handy.

Why do you say to make a mock up? Can't I just cut it out and start sewing?

I ALWAYS suggest to make a muslin mock up to check fit and construction before cutting into your fashion fabric. Every body is different, even if measurements are similar, and making a mock up of inexpensive fabric is the only surefire way to make sure your garment will fit your unique figure and have the ease you want. Don’t make a garment out of your final fabric without testing and expect it to be perfect- it’s just not feasible. It’s kind of like going shopping at the mall– you don’t expect every item on a hanger to fit you perfectly and it requires some trying on. Not all sizes run the same between all the stores and brands. The same is true of sewing patterns, so make your mock up!

Do you offer pattern making or pattern grading services? Do you do custom sewing?

I'm sorry, I do not offer pattern making services, pattern grading services, or custom sewing.

Sizing details

Please view each individual pattern for size information, as size can vary from pattern to pattern.
Please keep in mind that patterns are based on misses or women's sizing. Plus size, juniors, petites, and tall sizes will most likely require additional alterations so I highly suggest making a mock up before sewing your final garment.

Will I receive a diagram I need to draft, or a full size pattern?

All patterns are full size, unless otherwise indicated. They may use a LOT of paper to print, but are already sized and graded for you.

Tell me more about e-patterns. What kind of format are they, and how do I assemble?

When you buy an e-pattern from me, you receive a multi-page PDF file you download to your computer and print at home. The patterns are formatted to fit on both 8.5 x 11 sized letter and A4 paper. All pages are tiled to make it easy for home sewists to print at home and then assemble into a larger pattern sheet.
You print the patterns at 100% scale or "actual size", and then cut and tape the dotted lines together.
All pattern pages are numbered, so you can keep track of you process. An additional file is included to help with assembly- make sure you read it before you print your files.
I have been told by many customers that my e-patterns are some of the easiest to assemble, and I'm thankful for their high praise!

Do you sell wide format, printed patterns that can be sent in the mail?

Yes, I do. These are not currently listed in my Etsy store.