Welcome to Folkwear

Express your creative style with the clothes you make and wear! Since the 1970s, Folkwear patterns have been used by individuals who want to reconnect with their culture, as well as film, theatre and dance costumers, historic reenactors, art-to-wear aficionados, and anyone who enjoys sewing and dressing in classic clothes. Our detailed patterns help you to create clothing that is timeless, unique and useful. We include historical and cultural information in all patterns, tips and tricks for construction and ideas for customizing your Folkwear pattern to suit your body, lifestyle and fabric choices. We have many patterns available in downloadable PDF versions, and are adding more every month. Whether you are an enthusiastic beginner or an experienced sewist, you'll find something to love in Folkwear sewing patterns.

Our extensive blog posts concerning our patterns and sewing history or tips is a resource we are proud to share. Visit our blog here.

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From the Blog

Color Theory for Embroiderers

Color Theory for Embroiderers

June 30, 2022

by Victoria Watkins What makes color look good? Particularly, what makes colors look good in relation to one another? Having spent nearly...

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Part Two: Add a Zipper to the 220 Garden Party Dress

Part Two: Add a Zipper to t...

June 18, 2022

In 1851, the first attempt at a zipper was patent and named the "Automatic Continuous Clothing Closure." This device would...

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Illustration of the Folkwear 220 Garden Party Dress

Part One: Prepare the 220 G...

June 17, 2022

The buttoned back of 220 Garden Party Dress is part of the charm (and authenticity) of this historic dress.  It...

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