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.

Join our Folkwear Sewing Patterns facebook group here to meet others who enjoy sewing with traditional and historical patterns.

From the Blog

Folkwear 233 Glamour Girl Dress Sleeve Muslin Test

How to Make a Short Sleeve ...

May 14, 2022

by Cynthia Anderson Today I am going to show you how to make the iconic Folkwear 233 Glamour Girl Dress a...

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Sleeve Construction and Detailing of 121 Guatemalan Gabacha

Sleeve Construction and Det...

May 12, 2022

by Molly Hamilton We recently resized and re-released the 121 Guatemalan Gabacha.  This cute dress (or apron) pattern was first...

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Photo of Wartime Men & Women marching in street with US Flag

WWII Wartime Fashion History

May 09, 2022

WWII was THE dominate force in the world in the first half of the 1940’s and fashion was profoundly influenced...

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