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Fantail Skirt: Historical

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Fantail Skirt: Historical


This a digital PDF download.  See 'About Your PDF' below for more details.


Sizes 30-56 (Hips 34"-60")

Difficulty: Intermediate  

The Fantail Historical skirt is a classic 5-gore, A-line skirt accurate to 1890 - 1910. The skirts feature a waistband that sits at the natural waist, a fan of six pleats falling from the waistband at center back, and a center back placket that fastens with hooks and domes/snaps, or inward-facing buttons.

The skirt is designed to be the perfect foundation for a whole range of late Victorian and Edwardian looks, from the skirt portion of a formal 2-part gown in lush silk, to the bottom half of a tailored suit in crisp wools.

The instructions include Notes on Historical Accuracy, with tips on fabric choice, construction techniques and interior finishes, to help you achieve a more period-accurate reproduction.

Buy a combined pattern with the Historical Fantail and its sister pattern, the Modern Fantail here.

Recommended Fabrics:

The skirt well in light-midweight fabric with moderate draping qualities, such as: plain and twill weave cottons, linens and wools and silks.

Stella is wearing the Historical Fantail in Size 36 in lilac 100% worsted wool twill.

Leimomi is wearing the Historical Fantail in Size 38 in dark blue 100% wool plain weave


About your PDF:

This pattern is a digital download. Once you complete your purchase you’ll be sent an email with a link to download a zip file containing your printable files. You’ll need to open it on a computer: the zip file will not open on phones and tablets.

The Fantail Historical Skirt zip contains the following files:

  • Full Historical Instructions: 10 pages
  • Streamlined Historical Instructions: 5 pages
  • Print-At-Home Pattern: 45 pages
  • Copyshop Pattern: 3 A0 pages
  • Printing Instructions: 1 page

Sizing Chart

Paper Patterns:

A paper version of the Fantail Skirt pattern is available through Virgil's Fine Goods in the USA.


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