The following list consists of commercial patterns that have been reviewed and checked for accuracy of fit, method of construction, directions and documentation. NWTA members who have used patterns not listed here and are satisfied that the documentation and interpretation of evidence is correct are encouraged to contact me so that I might add that pattern to the list.
Additional documentation has been provided when there has been a question as to the authenticity of an item, as well as research articles that will help both new and long term members.
STANDARD DISCLAIMER: Simply because something is listed here does not mean it is appropriate for your persona. Do your own research and check with your unit commander before investing a lot of time and money into something you may not be able to use.
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Caps and Hats
- Woman’s Cap and Bonnet Fourth Quarter of the 18th century
By Kannik’s Korner, #KK-6601. Both items correct for the period. Primary documentation included in pattern
- Woman’s and Girls Caps 1740-1820
- 18th Caps and pockets
- Caps and Coif Mid 18th century NFF18101 by la Fleur de Lyse
- Mill Farm Woman’s Caps: 1720-1800
- Burnley and Trowbridge 18th C Wired Cap
By Kannik’s Korner #KK6602 Documentation included in pattern. All caps are correct for the period. Great instructions for hand sewing a cap, hidden seams may also be machine sewn.
By Patterns For Period Impressions #815. Original cap in the collection of the Historical Society of York County (PA). original pocket in collection of Schwenkfelder Museum. Both shown in Rural Pennsylvania Clothing by Ellen J. Gehret (York, PA: George Shumway, 1976), cap p. 66-67; pocket p. 78-79
Three styles of caps styled with French influence with bonus pocket pattern included. Documentation included.
Four styles with variations offered in one pattern. Documentation included.
Although no examples of this cap remain many examples are seen in contemporary portraiture and are cited in the documentation included. Pattern also contains wire needed in its construction.
- Woman’s Shift
Second half of the 18th century by Kannik’s Korner # KK6102 includes sizes S-XXL and has detailed instructions. Documentation included. Plain neck made without drawstring, Shift necklines either had a very narrow drawstring or none at all. The drawstring gathered the neckline just a little for a closer fit.
- Basic Six Piece Wardrobe
- Canadienne de la Nouvelle-France circa 1740-1760
It includes patterns for the short gown and pockets and instructions on how to measure and construct shift, petticoat, apron and handkerchief. Available in size S through XXL(bust 32-50). Documentation of most items except the shift and petticoat may be found in Linda Baumgarten’s Eighteenth Century Clothing at Williamsburg (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA, 1986). The shift is a very modest variation of one worn by Catherine, wife of Edmund Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham, in the early 18th century, which is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum and may be seen inside the back cover of Nancy Bradfield’s Costume in Detail (Plays Inc, Boston, 1968, 1981). Construction of the petticoat is as one from the Snowshill Collection, 1775-1780, also in Bradfield, page 63. All the basics for the beginning re-enactor, just add a cap to complete the outfit.
Research on Shortgowns by Mara Riley
By La Fleur De Lyse. Multi sized, includes patterns for Mantelet (jacket), French and English style shifts with instructions for petticoat, neckerchief and apron. Dated early for the revolutionary war period but little had changed and is correct for those interpreting a person from a predominantly French community. Documentation included.
- Robe a L’Anglaise or English nightgown
- Woman’s Gown A Robe Polonaise 1770-1785
- #285 The Polonaise, the Round Gown & the Levite 1770-1790
- Open Robe 1771-1785 #101
- 1770 Polonaise and Petticoat
- **A Dress of the Revolution
- Northern Society of Costume and Textiles #02
By JPRyan. New pattern, in 2004 includes sleeve flounces and instructions for the petticoat. Available in sizes 8-18, one size per pattern. Documentation included. It may be made as a Robe à l’Anglaise a la polonaise as an open robe with petticoat or the Robe à l’Anglaise en fourreau as round gown with attached apron front.
By Mill Farm Patterns. Includes directions for petticoat and hip pads. Documentation included. An open robe with options for a plainer gown for daywear or a fancily trimmed gown for dress. One size per pattern 8-18.
By Rocking Horse Farms. Includes petticoat instructions. No documentation included. Both gowns, the polonaise and the round gown appear to be taken from Arnold’s Pattern of Fashions but that information is not given. The Levite is not correct for pre 1783 wear.
By Fig Leaf Patterns. In two multi sized patterns 8-18 (bust 32-42) & 18R-22R (bust 41-51)The updated (2003) documentation contained in this pattern is extensive including photographs of the original from the collection of the Sumter County Museum. Clear detailed instructions but as always make a muslin of the bodice to adjust for fit before cutting your good fabric. Also includes instructions for the petticoat.
By Patterns For Period Impressions #420. Original in the collection of Snowshill Manor. Shown in Patterns of Fashion Vol. I, 1660-1860 by Janet Arnold (London: Macmillan London, 1977; New York: Drama Book Publishers, 1972), p. 37 and 39. Also shown in Costume in Detail: Women’s Dress 1730-1930 by Nancy Bradfield (Boston: Plays, Inc. 1983), p. 5758.
worn for escape- 1793
Not a pattern but a cutting diagram and instructions. This is a jacket and petticoat based on an original and although the style is not correct for the period 1775-1783 it is included here for the detailed description of the construction method. The outfit has been altered several times and the cloth was carbon dated to be about 60 years older than the known provenance.
- 760-1770 Jacket By Patterns For Period Impressions #421
- A Fine Collection of Women’s Jackets for Undress wear
- Research article
- 18th century Caraco
- Lined Jacket or Caraco
- **Woman’s bodice
Original in the collection of Snowshill Manor. Shown in Patterns of Fashion Vol. I, 1660-1860 by Janet Arnold (London: Macmillan London, 1977; New York: Drama Books, 1977), p. 26-27, figure C. Also shown in Costume in Detail: Women’s Dress 1730-1930 by Nancy Bradfield (Boston: Plays, Inc. 1983), p. 45. Please note: the original has a one-piece sleeve and the pattern a two-piece sleeve. correct, the pattern sleeve should be altered. Check Arnold’s or Bradfield’s books for the shape of the sleeve
By JPRyan Documentation included
A Timeline of Women’s Jackets 1550-1800’ by Mara Riley http://www.marariley.net/jackets/jackets.htm
byJPRyan Documentation included. A long jacket designed to be worn over 18th century strapless stays. Four pattern sizes 6-8, 10-12, 14-16 & 18-20(bust 32-46)
By Fig Leaf patterns. This usual jacket pattern is taken from an original in Cora Ginsburg’s collection believed to have been remade from a man’s waistcoat ca. 1770. The historical notes are an interesting read. Two grouped sizings 8-18 (32.5-41)in one pattern and 18Q-28Q (41-51)
By Eagles View it cannot be documented except as underwear and when adjusted for the side seams to be toward the back and made to fit to give support for the body. These were often quilted and worn for warmth under a shortgown or other outer clothing. Not to be worn as outer clothing or away from camp area or home. When in the street, clothing considered underwear was covered.
See “The Mythical bodice” by Ingrid Schaaphook
and “An Analysis of an 18th Century Woman’s Quilted Waistcoat” by Sharon Ann Burnston
- Woman’s Bedgown “Manteau de Lit” 1730-1770
- Manteau de Lit (Bedgown)
- European Bed Gown
By Kannik’s Korner documentation included with original text from Garsault alongside the English translation. Garment commonly worn as day wear by working class women.
By JPRan Available in sizes S(32-24) through XXL (48-50).
By Mill Farm Patterns All sizes 12-18 in one packet. Documentation included.
Stays and Jumps
- 18th C. Strapless Stays
- 18th Century Woman’s Jumps or Leather Stays
- Research articles about stays
By Janice Pence Ryan. Includes instructions for making leather stays. Original in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Shown in An Elegant Art by Edward Maeder (NY: Abrams, 1983), p. 179-180. One size per pattern 6-24, bust sizes 32-50
By Mill Farm. Documentation included. Jumps are partially boned with shoulder straps. Sizes 8-18 one size per pattern
‘A Timeline of Women’s stays 1600-1800’ by Mara Riley – http://www.marariley.net/stays/staystimeline.htm
- Woman’s Short Cloak, Second half of the 18th century
- Long or Short Cloak
By Kannik’s Korner #KK 6901. Documentation included with pattern. Multi sized S-XXL
This pattern is also available for girl’s KK-8901 includes sizes 4,7 & 10
By Mill Farms designed by Sharon Ann Burnston, one size fits all. Not a full size pattern, cutting diagram and directions only. May be made short or long, with or without collar and offers two sizes of hoods. Based on a cloak in the collection at Colonial Williamsburg. Pattern is correct except that advice includes using a metal cloak clasp as one of the choices for the front closure but this is a 19th century item. This was confirmed by Ms. Burnston, she said after the pattern was published she then discovered that there is no evidence at the present time for metal cloak clasps in the 18th century.
- Stockings, Pockets and Mitts #KK6001
- Mitts and Flounces
By Kannik’s Korner. Has detailed instructions for the construction of cloth stockings documented from 1660-1800. Elbow length mitts similar to extant pairs held by the Connecticut Historical Society and pockets of several styles: English, Scottish, Italian and American based on originals in the Los Angeles County Museum. Details included in pattern.
By Mill Farm Includes three sizes and whitework instructions for the ruffles. Documentation included.
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- Man’s Shirt (KK-401) and Boy’s Shirt and work shirt (KK-8101)
- *Men’s Work Shirt By Patterns For Period Impression #756
In the English style, both of the Second Half of the 18th Century, by Kannik’s Korner. The Man’s Shirt comes with sizes XS through XXXL in one package, the Boy’s with sizes 4 through 14. Documentation is included with the patterns.
Originals in the collections of the Germantown (PA) and York (PA) Historical Societies. Shown in Rural Pennsylvania Clothing by Ellen J. Gehret (York, PA: George Shumway, 1976), p. 98, 11 O-124. The shirt cited here is 19th century style to adapt it for the 18th century cut the cuff piece so the finished cuff is 1” wide and the finished width of the collar should be no more than 2” wide.
By JPRyan Three sizes per pattern. This pattern incorporates features from 18th century shirts in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Museum of American History and Gunston Hall Plantation Museum. The method used for finishing the front opening is incorrect, it should be a rolled hem and reinforced at the lower end with a faggoting stitch.
- Broadfall Drop Front Breeches
- *18th Century Breeches
- Men’s Drop Front Breeches
- Men’s Gaitered Trousers
- Man’s Outer Breeches “Slops” 1750-1820
By JPRyan based on breeches in the collections of Colonial Williamsburg, The National Museum of American History, and the Museum of the City of London. Excellent pattern made to fit low on the hips in front and higher in the back as with any breeches pattern the legs have to be individually fit to give them the correct tightly fitting leg for late 18th century.
By Eagle’s View (PM/73). Waist sizes 30 through 42 included. A relatively simple breeches pattern with no pockets. They are the correct normal waist height style of the later 18th century, but need to be tightened in the leg to be correct to our era, and loosened in the crotch to fit a man. See the Breeches Notes for instructions on how to do this.
By Patterns For Period Impressions #776 Original in the collections of the Germantown (PA) Historical Society. Shown in ‘Rural Pennsylvania Clothing’ by Ellen J. Gehret (York, PA: George Shumway, 1976), p. 138-147. Not correct The pair of breeches cited here is clearly marked with the date 1812 and you can see where the waistband is beginning to rise in the front.
By Mill Farm Patterns Common or dress breeches with an option for workingman’s overall’s. Instructions also include an option for workingman’s overalls. Two sizes per pattern 28/30, 32/34, 36/38. Documentation included.
y Smoke and Fire. Correct for the period but the instructions are not good and be aware that the pattern offers an alternative for pockets but doesn’t adjust the body pattern to accommodate the change.
By Kannik’s Korner Waist sizes from 32-52 in one pattern. Documentation is included with the pattern. They are a protective garment worn by Sailors, Fishermen, Farmers, Fieldworkers and Laborers. Usually made of tight canvas or sailcloth and may be oiled or varnished to make them waterproof. Outer breeches were worn on top of knee breeches and have many names ascribed to them.
“Slops” actually describes the entire outfit worn by sailors not just the outer breeches.
- Men’s Waistcoat ca. 1770 and Shirt
- Waistcoat and Vest Pattern
- 1776 Men’s and Boys Wasitcoats
By JPRyan This original waistcoat pattern is fashioned after three extant examples, one in the collection of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, one in the collection of The Smithsonian Institution, and another in the Cut of Men’s Clothes, by Norah Waugh. The shorter version is correct for 1775-1783 either with or without sleeves.
By Mill Farm Patterns Two sizes per pattern 36/36, 38/40 and 42/44. Documentation included.
By Eagle’s View (PM/68). Includes sizes 36 through 50. Waistcoat approved, but not the vest. Styled well to Rev War, not earlier. Makes a good military waistcoat. Move the pocket line down to be on a line from the top of the v-cut in the front to the top of the center seam in back.
By Pegee Of Williamsburg. Original in the Williamsburg collection. Shown in 18th Century Clothing at Williamsburg by Linda Baumgarten (Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1986), p. 57-59.
Coats and Jackets
- BAR Regimental Coat
- Man’s Double-Breasted Short Jacket 1770-1800
- Frock Coat
- Great Coat
- Great Coat, C 1780-1800
- Man’s Banyan and Cap
Sizes 40, 42, 44, 46, and 48. patterns This pattern may be under revision at this time.
Buy this pattern at least two sizes larger than your usual size. There are no instructions. The pattern has standard length body, facings, sleeves, etc. These may need to be altered to make your coat fit properly. If your unit wears a uniform coat, be sure to check with your unit commander that this is the correct style for you.
By Kannik’s Korner KK-4551 Documentation includes primary sources from paintings and extant garments. This is a workman’s jacket worn by farmers, sailors, laborers, apprentices and others.
By JPRyan Sizes 40-48, one size per pattern and includes adjustments for long and short sizes. Documentation included.
By Mill Farm One size for chest 44. Double Breasted outerwear with choice of collar and shoulder cape options. Documentation included.
Pattern in chart form in the book Fitting and Proper by Sharon Ann Burnston, Made from an original the instructions are detailed and include photographs. It fits about a chest 36. Dated a little late for the Revolutionary war period but when looking at paintings and engravings where great coats are shown this is a good example of a coat for use during the American Revolution. The capes from this pattern also fit onto the pattern in Beth Gilgun’s book Tidings from the 18th century.
By Mill Farms Patterns. Worn at home as loungewear and at times in public as un-dress. Chest sizes 34-44 included on one pattern. Documentation included.
- Common Items used by Men of all Classes c. 1740-1830
KK-4401 by Kannik’s Korner includes instructions for a linen neck stock, sizes 13 1/2 thru 19 ½; Common apron in four sizes; Mittens 3XS-4XL; Hood; night cap, one size; Pocketbook, both folded and tied styles; and directions for making a wallet.
The authenticity of the hood has been questioned but it was copied from an extant example of the period in a Danish museum and it may be presumed that it would have traveled in the luggage of Danish immigrants but up to the present time no known documentation can be found of it’s use on this side of the Atlantic.
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- Infants Clothing 2nd Half 18th C.
- Infants Gown 1750-90
By Kannik’s Korner. Documentation included. Contains patterns for shirt, Bedgown, Robe Blanket, Frock, Cap and under cap, Boy’s cap or night cap. Also includes directions for Diapers, Rollers, Squares of flannel and suggestions for Pilches/diaper covers.Sizes newborn, 6,12, 18 months. Taken from original pattern when babies were smaller, adjust for today’s larger infants.
By Mill Farm Patterns. Included are diagrams and instructions for shirt and petticoat. Sizes 3-9 months. Documentation included.
- Girl’s cap and bonnet, last quarter of the 18th C.
- Girl’s Short Cloak 2nd Half 18th C.
- Child/Girls Gown
- New France Girls
By Kannick’s Korner, #KK-8601. In three sizes.
By Kannik’s Korner Documentation included All sizes in one pattern
By Mill Farm Patterns includes cutting diagrams and instructions for shift. Two sizes per pattern 2/3 –10/11. Documentation included.
By La Fleur de Lyse Includes patterns for shift and pockets, two styles of lined bodices, Instructions for neckerchief, collar, petticoat and apron, ruffled cap (18th C.) and cape. Documentation included. Only those items noted as for1750-1760 would be appropriate styles for lower sort children didn’t change considerably into the 1770’s.
- Boy’s Shirts second half of the 18th C.
- Boy’s Drop Front Breeches 1770-1800
- Boy’s Frock Coat 1760-1780
- Boy’s Waistcoat ca 1770
- New France Boys
By Kannik’s Korner. Contains full size patterns of an English Shirt and Work Shirt. Multiple sized pattern 4-14 Work shirt sizes 6-14
By Mill Farm Patterns. Two sizes per pattern 20/21, 22/23, 24/25. Documentation included.
By Mill Farm Patterns. Two sizes per pattern S- 4/5 (chest 23/24), XL-10/11(29/30). Documentation included
By Mill Farms Patterns includes diagram and instruction for shirt. Documentation included. Two sizes per pattern S-4/5 (chest 23/24), M-6/7 (chest 25/26) and L-8/9(chest 27/28)
By La Fleur de Lyse includes Shirt. Two styles of waistcoat, two styles of breeches. Cap and instructions for cravat and handkerchief. Documentation included. Only the styles noted for 1750-1760 would be appropriate. Children’s styles did not change much into the 1770’s except perhaps for the children of the gentry.
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- Woman’s Knitted Stockings (knee-high)
- 18th C. Knitted Mittens
- 18th C. Knitted Women’s Mitts
- Scots Bonnet
- Knitted 17th C. cap with Brim
By Mill Farms patterns. Instructions for using sport weight yarn with an option for silk and cotton. Documentation included.
By Mara Riley includes a full range of sizes for adults and children. Made with out ribbing, documentation included.
By Mara Riley. One size. No extant ones known but designed after a 1748 advertisement in which Elizabeth Boyd of New York offered “All sorts of stockings newly grafted and run at the hells, and footed; also Gloves, mittens and Children’s Stockings made out of Stockings,” Three years later she advertised again “….to graft Pieces in Knit jackets and Breeches, not to be discern’d, also to graft and foot stockings, and Gentleman’s Gloves, Mittens or Muffatees and made out of old Stockings, or runs them in the heels.” ‘What Clothes Reveal’ page 185.
By Mara Riley Documentation Included.
Designed by Noel M.R. McGonigle and produced by Plimoth Plantation.
No documentation given although the style appears to be correct for a cap commonly worn into the 18th C. except for the design on the brim which I cannot vouch for. I’ve made it in all stocking stitch and also made it considerably longer to replicate a French toque.