Historical Sewing Patterns

The Mantua-Maker

No. 1500-1
Needed for the period silhouette.
Approximately 4' in diameter.
Rope or "modern" whalebone (hoop wire) options.
Fasten up the back or sides.
Variations and Decoration Ideas


Underpinnings create the shape of fashion. One of the most important shapers of the Renaissance was the farthingale. The Spanish Farthingale was cone or bell shaped. In the early years of this period, it was worn with the hoops showing and decorated. By 1550, the farthingale was rarely seen without an over-skirt.

This pattern includes 11 pages of instructions with historical tips, and 3 pattern sheets. It is printed on bond paper, and enclosed in a white paper envelope.

1480 - 1600 Spanish Farthingale Pattern

All sizes Petite – X-large are included. Fabric amounts depend more on height than on size – it is set up for someone who is 5’2” to 5’11” (marked as Petite, Medium, Tall and Very Tall). If you are shorter or taller than the marked increments, you will need to shorten or lengthen this pattern.

This costume was created for Costume Con in Australia in 2002.
It was called Desert Renaissance.