1909 Edwardian Dress Pattern


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The 1909 Edwardian Dress was the winning pattern from the first Young Designers’ Contest! Rachel Franklin Hurd took her inspiration from an original gown, creating a versatile pattern that can be used for a variety of occasions. The dress can be made up in everyday fabrics like linen or cotton, or you might opt for a luscious evening gown of velvet. Finally, you can use a sheer overlay to create an ethereal version fit for tea!

  • Sizes 6-18 all included in one envelope
  • Flowing princess lines make for a very forgiving, flattering fit.
  • Instructions included for dresses with a sheer overlay (as shown in the last two photos).
  • Over size 18? Just see the instructions for resizing patterns!
  • Click to download the 1909 Edwardian Gown yardage chart.
  • Now available in ePattern format for instant download!

Note: If you purchased a copy of this pattern prior to August 26, 2004, click HERE for corrections/revisions.

22 Comments on 1909 Edwardian Dress Pattern

  1. Josie D'Aubigne
    May 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm (7 years ago)

    This is one of my all time favorite patterns! It fits like a dream, is quite easy to make and I feel just like a princess wearing it…but it looks modern enough to ensure no odd looks!

    • Jennie Chancey
      May 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm (7 years ago)

      Oh, I am so glad you have enjoyed it, Josie! You should consider sharing Show and Tell photos! At any rate, I’ll be passing this note along to the original designer, Rachel F., who won the 2002 Young Designers’ Contest with this dress!

  2. V Kable
    December 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m wondering if this could be adapted to accomodate a nursing baby?

    • Jennie Chancey
      December 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm (6 years ago)

      Hello! I had a customer modify this for nursing by making the center front “V” area snap in. She was then able to unsnap it for nursing access. Hope this helps!

  3. May Flower
    February 27, 2011 at 5:15 am (6 years ago)

    This looks like such a wonderful, pretty dress.I am just learning to sew, but hopefully, eventually I will be able to sew this lovely dress with my Mom. By the way, I am so glad you have this website. All of my sisters,my Mom, and I love old-fashioned clothing. ”Sense and Sensibility” is one of our favorite movies’. Thank you.

  4. Bluebird
    August 27, 2011 at 10:37 pm (5 years ago)

    This is a beautiful dress Miss Franklin designed. Quite lovely! I was wondering if this pattern was going to be made in a little girls/girls size up to 16? My daughter really likes this dress but she is currently in a size 14. She’s nine but tall (like her Daddy) for her age.

    • Jennie Chancey
      August 28, 2011 at 10:07 pm (5 years ago)

      There are no plans for Rachel to turn this into a child’s pattern, but you could easily modify it down for your daughter, using my tutorial at “How to Resize a Pattern.” Hope this helps!

  5. Barbara
    January 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm (5 years ago)

    Would this be an appropriate ‘tea’ dress for the 100th Anniversary Celebration Event in April?!

    • Jennie Chancey
      January 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm (5 years ago)

      Hello, Barbara! This would definitely work for the 100th anniversary. I’ll be putting up a detailed post on how to recreate the look of this era for the 100th Anniversary of Titanic very soon, so watch for that!

  6. Barbara
    January 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm (5 years ago)

    Can’t wait for your post! I’m not the best seamstress, but our family will be attending the event and I want to dress “in style!” (Will your post include men & boy’s fashion as well?) I need to get started soon, because I am a perfectionist and I don’t like ripping, which means I sew s l o w l y 🙂

    We are looking forward to the event. Will you be attending?

  7. Jennie Chancey
    January 7, 2012 at 7:08 am (5 years ago)

    Hi, Barbara! We won’t be able to attend the big celebration, as we live in Kenya, but I’m really looking forward to seeing photos! The post will include information for men, women, and children, so stay tuned! Hope to get it up in the next week or so. Warmly, Jennie

  8. Athena
    February 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm (5 years ago)

    Hello. I was just wondering, is there any chance that this pattern will be available in pdf format in the future?
    Thank you in advance,

    • Jennie Chancey
      February 12, 2012 at 10:54 am (5 years ago)

      Hi, Athena! I am formatting it now and hope to get it online in the next day or so. 🙂

  9. Athena
    February 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh, this is great news. Thank you Mrs Chancey for such a quick response.

  10. Lyric
    March 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm (5 years ago)

    One thing I am enjoying about getting “old” in this society is that I give no thought (or less thought) to other’s ignorance and “odd looks”.

  11. Lyric
    March 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh, I was replying to Josie’s comment from last year. I clicked on the “reply to” but my comment didn’t show beneath her’s. Duh.

  12. May flower
    January 8, 2013 at 11:22 am (4 years ago)

    Hello,I was wondering if it is possible to sew a sash on this dress?thankyou!

    • Jennie Chancey
      January 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm (4 years ago)

      Yes! It’s very easy to add a sash to any dress, in fact. You can make a long sash that ties over the dress, or make a shorter sash that you sew in place with a few tack stitches. Hope this helps!

  13. Elisabeth
    March 3, 2013 at 10:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi, do you think a beginner sewer could complete this in a week?

    • Jennie Chancey
      March 4, 2013 at 12:04 am (4 years ago)

      Hi, Elisabeth! If you are truly a rank beginner, I wouldn’t recommend this one as a starter project. The inset and the waistline construction are definitely advanced. But if you have someone who can come alongside you and help walk you through the more difficult steps, I’d say you could complete it in a week. 🙂

  14. Mary
    June 18, 2016 at 3:35 am (7 months ago)

    I’ve had this pattern for a couple of years, but I haven’t sewn it yet. I was wondering, can I enlarge the inset at the neckline? I want to raise the neckline, and I want to leave plenty of room to embroider that piece.

    • Jennie Chancey
      June 23, 2016 at 1:44 pm (7 months ago)

      Hi, Mary! Yes, you can make the inset larger to hit you closer to the collarbone if you like. Just keep in mind that it will also have to be slightly wider at the top. You can use a ruler to draw the line upward from the original top, which keeps the angle the same. Happy sewing!


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