205 Gibson Girl Blouse - PDF


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Misses Small to 3X.

The Gibson Girl was the ideal of feminine beauty at the turn of the 20th century.  She often wore a soft, loosely fitted blouse of light cotton or silk with a high collar to accentuate her slender neck. A blouse worn with a skirt became the American woman's favorite fashion.  By 1905, the Sears Roebuck catalogue offered 150 versions of this blouse, from cotton to lace and taffeta.

The high-collar, back-buttoning yoke style is still just as flattering today. This blouse is lovely over a skirt or it can be cut longer to tuck in. Instructions for optional tucks and lace insertion included.

Our versions feature full shaped front gathered into a rounded yokes, in View B with clusters of tucks and lace insertion. Three-quarter length sleeves are gathered at the shoulders and into narrow cuffs.

In View A , the high collar and yoke are finished with lace; in View B, rows of stitched lace replace the collar, as was the fashion.  Tucks and lace insertion on the body of the blouse are optional.  Instructions are given in View B for a traditional bias bound cuff.  The back opening and cuffs fasten with tiny buttons or hooks and eyes; clusters of gathers at center back are held in place by narrow ties, which encircle the waist and tie in front. 

Suggested fabrics: Soft lightweight fabrics such as batiste, lawn, muslin, silk, gingham, or calico.

Era: Edwardian, late 1800s to early 1900s

Yardage chart (.pdf)

To learn more about the history of Gibson Girl blouses, read our blog post here

This pattern is available as a paper and a PDF downloadable pattern.  This is the PDF version (for the paper pattern, go here).  Several files are included in the PDF pattern:  sewing instructions (17 pages), copyshop files (for 36inch paper and A0 paper), and a print-at-home tiled file (43 pages for A4 or 8x11in. paper).  You will receive a link after checkout to the files to download to your computer.