As the Victorian age drew to a close at the beginning of the 20th century and the Edwardian age dawned, women entered the arenas of sports and the workforce. Women need a more practical and casual wardrobe. The combination of skirt and shirtwaist (blouse) was born to meet these changing needs of the early 20th century American woman. This was the skirt they wore, because it was comfortable and yet unencumbered by bustles and hoops.
Our gored Walking Skirt sewing pattern is smoothly fitted in front and flares from a narrow waistband to street or full length. Our original is made of linen and decorated with cutwork embroidery, also known as Broderie Anglaise. Even though the Victorian bustle was passé by this time, the voluptuous s-curve shape was still desirable, so tiny gathers below the back waist provided the fullness that gives this characteristic shape. The skirt is finished with a button placket at center back.
The pattern includes a typical design motif of the time, along with instructions for optional cutwork embroidery.
This is the paper pattern version. For the PDF (digital version), go here.
Suggested fabrics: Medium to heavyweight cottons and blends, linen, silk, lightweight wool, thin wale corduroy, or velvet.
Era: Victorian, Edwardian, 1800s to 1900s