1500 - 1630 French Gown Pattern

The Mantua-Maker

Historical Sewing Patterns

The photo shows a shortened French Gown
over a Round Kirtle .

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.

No. 1500-5
Fastens up the front, the back, or the back sides.
Low neckline may be scooped, flat across, or upturned.
Round or pointed waistline.
Detached sleeves, or sleeveless.
Optional shoulder rolls or wings.
Variations and decoration idea.
 $22.00

The basic dress for the wealthy was the French Gown. Yards of expensive fabric were arranged over a farthingale, conspicuous consumption at its highest. When the widest Spanish farthingale gave way to the French farthingale, the extra length was pinned up around the drum edge.

The gown is designed to fit over a 2 ½’ to 4’ diameter farthingale. Because the design is intended for a custom fit, the final hemline measurement will depend on the garment size and length. It may be made with a front, side back, or center back opening. The neckline may be up-curved, straight across, or low and round. Sleeves and shoulder wings or rolls are optional.


This pattern includes 15 pages of instructions with historical tips, and 5 pattern sheets. It is printed on bond paper, and enclosed in a reclosable plastic bag.