Outlander Costumes and Folkwear

By Molly Hamilton
on September 19, 2017
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Outlander Costumes and Folkwear

Have you been watching the Outlander series on Starz?  I have read most of the books by Diana Gabaldon, and I have seen a few episodes of the show.  I enjoyed the books and the shows that I watched, but I know there are a lot of huge fans of Claire and Jamie out there.  Outlander is getting a lot of interest and press lately as a new season has just started.  What has struck me most, when watching the shows and reading about the shows, is the costumes.  They are well done and beautiful!  I found a few articles recently about the costumes from Outlander and how they were made.  You can read about them here and here.  And you can read more about the costumes and what goes into making them on the costume designer, Terry Dresbach's blog.  Very interesting!   

All of this also made me think of Folkwear patterns and creating some of the looks from the Outlander shows.  Of course, 152 Scottish Kilt would be perfect - kilt, Prince Charlie Jacket, vest - to get Scottish Jamie's look.  The 102 French Cheesemaker's Smock or the 116 Shirts of Russian and Ukraine are also a great shirt patterns for the time period. Also, 267 M'Lady's Corset and 207 Kinsale Cloak are iconic of the time and place, respectively. For the 1940's, tailored-Claire-look, our 133 Belgian Military Jacket, 250 Hollywood Pants, and 263 Countryside Frock Coat (for Frank too) would work well.  And, of course, for such a steamy show, 219 Intimacies is appropriate!

What do you think of the Outlander costumes?  Which patterns would you use to create an Outlander look?

Folkwear's 2017 Fall Costume Guide

By Molly Hamilton
on September 06, 2017

Folkwear's 2017 Fall Costume Guide

Our guide to help you find the perfect costume to sew for yourself and everyone in your family. 

We have set out a few themes below, some with patterns for women, men, and children to fit those ideas.  So, if you like, your whole family (or friend group) can dress up together!

Ren Flair

Austrian Dirndl

123 Austrian Dirndl – a classic Renaissance outfit, or for an Oktoberfest beer maiden

108 Turkish Dancer – gorgeous flowing sleeves with a vest – perfect made from tissue silk

102 French Cheesemaker's Smock – classic men's shirt for any Renaissance theme

144 Tribal Belly Dancer – pieces from this pattern make fun Ren Fair wear

267 M'Lady's Corset – great and relatively simple corset – such a great costume piece

20's Classy Act Couple

Dress up like F. Scott and Zelda for a night on the town

Monte Carlo Dress

264 Monte Carlo Dress

238 Le Smoking Jacket


So many of our patterns can be made into fabulous Steampunk costumes.  A great fabric choice, then add your own flair to finish the following, and you'll be set!

M'Lady's Corset

230 Model T Duster

133 Belgian Military Chef's Jacket

209 Walking Skirt

267 M'Lady's Corset

216 School Mistress' Outfit

American Western Family

This is an easy costume – a western shirt (212 or 218) with jeans and cowboy boots.  But, if you want it a little more involved, try the Big Sky Riding Skirt or add some fringe to the Rodeo Cowgirls Jacket and Skirt.  So fun!

Big Sky Riding Skirt

212 Five Frontier Shirts

218 Child's Frontier Shirt

231 Big Sky Riding Skirt

242 Rodeo Cowgirl Jacket

243 Rodeo Cowgirl Skirt

Child's Frontier Shirt

Forest Friends

Harkening back to Celtic Britain, these patterns would be perfect in natural colors and fibers, or with nature themed fabric – eco-printed silk or wool, or naturally dyed muslin, or beautiful tweed.

Kinsale Cloak

207 Kinsale Cloak

208 Kinsale Cloak for Young Maidens

110 Little Kittel (for the young ones)

148 Black Forest Smock

Kinsale Cloak for Young Maidens

Welcome to Folkwear's new website!

By Molly Hamilton
on March 08, 2017
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Welcome to Folkwear's new website!

Welcome to Folkwear’s new website! We are so excited to have this new website, shop, and blog in order to share with you Folkwear patterns, and information on sewing, costuming, embellishing, and the history and culture of all our sewing patterns. The new on-line shop is fabulous!  It will be easier to navigate, easy to place your order, and (maybe most exciting for you!) most shipping prices will be lower than ever before!

The shop is organized by categories, and each pattern has illustrations, pictures, and line drawings.  We plan for the blog to showcase our patterns, provide sew-alongs and tutorials, and feature relevant news and events in fashion and sewing. There should be fun things to check out here on a regular basis! And, you can subscribe to our newsletter by entering your email address at the bottom of our page. Thanks for joining us!