Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Introducing Larkin & Smith Historical Patterns: English Gown

Ever wish you could attend a gown workshop but couldn’t travel to where it was being held or fit it into your schedule?  Have you put off making an en fourreau/stomacher front English gown because you have no idea how to translate the gridded diagrams from the books in your library into something that resembles a real garment?  Our new pattern will solve your dilemma!

Introducing the first gown pattern from "Larkin & Smith" – and it’s an English Gown.  The gown workshop offered by Hallie Larkin and Steph Smith has been transformed into a pattern along with a 34 page instruction manual with color plates and illustrations.  It is truly a workshop in an envelope.

The instructions will take you through the step by step process of making a reproduction gown using period techniques. We think you will find, as we have, conducting this workshop through the years, that even the novice seamstress, with little to no experience, can create a well fitting and authentically constructed gown.

The pattern is taken from an original in a private collection and is typical of many English gowns made from the 1760s to the end of the 1770s.

The pattern can be purchased through At the Sign of the Golden Scissors website. www.atthesignofthegoldenscissors.com and is available in sizes 34 – 43 (these are bust measurements in stays).  Coming shortly are sizes 45 - 51.

We hope you enjoy using the pattern as much as we enjoyed making it for you!

It's available now at http://atthesignofthegoldenscissors.com/products/18th-century-english-gown

As a thank your for ordering, we'll include 12 longs pins for use in closing your finished gown. Each pattern also includes a documentation card.

Next: About developing the pattern

1 comment:

  1. It is now June 2015, are the large size patterns ready yet?