Historical Sewing Patterns

The Mantua-Maker

The pattern includes 22 pages of instructions with historical tips and quotes, and 3 pattern sheets. It is printed on bond paper, and enclosed in a reclosable plastic bag.

All sizes 2 - 30 are included.

1870 - 1890 You Bet Bodice Pattern

This bodice is ideal as a formal dinner or ball gown bodice, and perfect for dressy daytime visiting or reception wear, all of which were favorite activities amongst upper class Victorians. These pursuits naturally required a special type of clothing: beautiful and alluring clothing.

This bodice pattern has a pointed front and back, and can fit over any size bustle or bustle pad. It has options for two lengths of puffed sleeves (as well as a sleeveless option), and three styles of necklines, and may be made with a front or a back opening.

No. 1880-22
Ideal as a formal or ball gown bodice.
Perfect for a dressy day time or reception bodice.
Pointed front and back.
Fits over any size bustle or bustle pad.
Two lengths of puffed sleeves, three styles of necklines,
including the curved You Bet neckline.


The skirt shown is the 1880-19 Broadway Walking Skirt.