clothing patterns for the modern costume artist
The Mantua-Maker is a historical sewing pattern company,
specializing in women's clothing. All patterns are multi-sized, and are based on actual garments, pattern drawings, or engravings
and photographs made during the time the garment was worn.
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
build between the time the garment was
originally worn and modern times.
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.
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
a little advanced sewing knowledge, but even
there, with persistence and patience even a beginner can make a corset.
of my patterns have been used in Masquerade competitions. A variation
on 1879 - 1884 Shirred Over skirt with Flounces won Best of Master Class
at CostumeCon XV.
For those of you doing costume research or competition, I include a
bibliography of all the sources I used in the pattern at hand. Besides
using period photographs and original garments, some of my sources are
vintage magazines and patterns, crumbly but fascinating. Many of my
sources are reprinted magazines and catalogs, others are wonderful books
by people who have studied individual garments and collections. These
sources are usually easily available once you know what to look for.
Please feel free to write to me with any questions, suggestions, or
corrections. I want my patterns and instructions to be clear and
accurate, even perfect, if I can manage that. I value your input and
opinions. I'll get back with you as soon as I can.