My name is Lauren, and Wearing History is a one-woman run indie enterprise that strives to make fashion of the past available to sewing enthusiasts of 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 acedemic level. I currently am employed at a well known theatre's costume shop. I love to combine the knowledge I've accumilated with my passions in order to make the best quality pattern I can, in a variety of styles that are hard to find elsewhere.
Here's a little more about the patterns offered on my website:
Wearing History Patterns vs. Original Period Patterns
About Pattern Fit & Ease
Most patterns are based on a vintage block or historical original or in order to retain the historic look of the garment (for more information about vintage block vs modern block, please see the F.A.Q. page). Some patterns are based on our modern block and altered to a period shape, but retain period fit and styling.
"Signature Styles" vs "Resto-Vival"
Wearing History offers both new patterns and patterns that are often called "reproductions", which we call "Resto-Vivals".
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.
Recreations based on original historic patterns that have been restored and revived. 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 printed on sturdy bond paper instead of tissue and clearly marked with drawn and labeled markings. These markings aid the modern sewer in understanding the markings of the original pattern and the construction of the garment. Resto-Vival™ patterns follow the period shapes of the original patterns, maintaining the historical accuracy of the completed garment. Original period instructions are included. These instructions vary from pattern to pattern, and may be text only (unless otherwise noted) or include illustrations. Instructions are fairly minimal, especially compared to instructions for modern patterns. At least an intermediate knowledge of dressmaking and a good familiarity with pattern construction is suggested. You may choose to have a modern or period sewing book handy to help with basic construction methods that the pattern instructions do not cover in detail. As a rule of thumb, the earlier the pattern in date, the more difficult the construction and minimal the instructions. Because of this, patterns from the early 1930s and before may be best suited for upper intermediate to advanced seamstresses, or someone brave enough to tackle the project and expect a little trial and error and several mock ups.
Please read each individual item description carefully before purchase, as patterns can vary depending on the needs of the original source material to make it more comprehensive to today's sewers.
The following is a guide to Wearing History patterns, to simplify for you which are newer releases and which are closer to original source materials, as described above.
Signature Styles Patterns
"Resto-Vival" Patterns with Updated Cutting Charts
Pattern Use Policy
Wearing History Patterns are for personal home sewing or non profit use ONLY. These patterns may not be used to make clothing for sale or profit*.
In the above, each of the terms means:
Personal Home Sewing= an individual creating clothing for themselves, their family, or their friends, without financial profit.
Non-Profit Use= Creation of clothing for something of which there is no financial gain. This includes creation of clothing for charity work or charity auction, such as to aid a church group. If you use a pattern for a non-profit activity, such as an education use, please have each of your students purchase a pattern for themselves. Making copies of Wearing History pattern is not allowed. If you are teaching a class, please contact me, as I may be able to make a discount for your group to use if a certain amount of patterns are needed.
*These patterns may be used for custom clothing, provided one pattern is purchased per client, as per industry standards. Buying one pattern and making multiple garments in which you recieve financial gain is not allowed.
Purchase one pattern per client, or have the client purchase the pattern from me directly. This way both the seamstress and I are compensated for our time and talents.
Why the Use Policy?
Nearly everyone knows how frustrating it is to have someone take advantage of their hard work. I've poured countless hours of work, research, and finances into making these patterns available. In addition, these aren't just copies of period materials- I work hard to make these these the best they can be, so many people can enjoy them. I do everything from start to finish- spending countless hours sewing up samples, testing patterns, photographing them on myself or a model, putting together the instructions, grading the patterns to different sizes, packaging and folding them, so it's easily recognizable to me what has been made from these patterns. Using the patterns in a way they're not intended by the person who works hard to make them available is just a mean thing to do. Please respect the time and work I put into this enterprise and help support small business. Thank you!
Other Places to Buy Wearing History Patterns
Nehelenia Patterns, located in Germany.
Kansas Mercantile, by Shelley Peters. Shelley sells at various events in the Southern California area.
For more information about Wearing History patterns please read the Frequently Asked Questions.