About

Started in California in the 1970s, Folkwear provides sewing patterns that are based on authentic ethnic and vintage garments.  Our patterns are flexible enough to be used for costuming as well as making unique every-day-wear. 

These patterns lend themselves well to embellishments from smocking to embroidery to quilting.  They can help you expand your sewing skills and creativity.  Each pattern comes with a short explanation of the historic or cultural context of the garment, and how the garment would have been traditionally worn and embellished. 

Folkwear is located in western NC, near Asheville, and is run by Molly Hamilton - a sewer, wife, mother-of-four, and entrepreneur. 

For the History of Folkwear, click here.

To contact us, click here.

Shopping with Folkwear
Look for Folkwear patterns at your favorite sewing, fabric, weaving, or craft supply shop, or click on Stockists for the name of one in your area. If there is not a stockist in your area, you can order directly from us with our secure shopping cart or by phone, or fax.

Online ordering is fast and secure.  You can order online on our website.

Out of stock items. We try to keep all patterns in stock at all times, but sometimes we run out of something and must backorder. We will let you know when this happens, and will ship the out-of-stock item as soon as it arrives.

About shipping

  • U.S. shipping: We ship U.S. orders by First Class, Priority Mail, or UPS Ground to a street address, for delivery within 4-8 days of your order. UPS is not available to U.S. post office boxes, or to Hawaii and Alaska addresses, so these are sent by First Class or Priority Mail.
  • APO/FPO shipping: APO and FPO addresses are considered U.S. addresses for purposes of shipping. However, orders to these addresses are subject to international security regulations and may be slightly delayed in the destination countries.
  • International shipping: International orders, including Canada and Mexico, are shipped by First Class Air Mail, for delivery within 7-14 days of your order. During very busy times, such as the end-of-year holiday season, international orders can be delayed in Customs by as much as two additional weeks. Please note that our international rates do not include duties or GST taxes, which may be the responsibility of the receiver.
  • Rush shipping: We are happy to ship orders to continental U.S. addresses by UPS 2nd Day Air for an additional $18.00 charge. Note that UPS 2nd Day Air is a "business day only" service. Guaranteed Saturday delivery is an extra charge on top of the 2nd Day Air charge.

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