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This tailored “Beatrix” jacket pattern was inspired by the styles of the late Edwardian era — and by Beatrix Potter, who wore sturdy walking skirts and fitted jackets while working and sketching around her farm in England.

  • Sizes 8-18 all included in one envelope (instructions for sizing below 6 and above 18 are available on my pattern resizing page)
  • Single-breasted and double-breasted options.
  • Flattering princess-line construction and lapel collar make this a timeless style.
  • Combine with the “Beatrix” Skirt to create an authentic Edwardian riding habit!
  • Photo Instructions online.
  • Yardage chart available for download.
  • Also available as an ePattern in PDF format!
  • This pattern is rated advanced, due to the fitting and tailoring.

Note: If you purchased a copy of this pattern prior to January 15, 2008, click HERE for corrections.

8 comments on “1909 “Beatrix” Jacket Pattern”

  1. I *LOVE* this jacket and skirt combo. I see the instructions you have for sizing it up(which ,as a plus size woman, I will surely need) but, I was wondering- do you think there is any possible way to alter this for maternity? I had all these wonderful plans to make some lovely outfits for this winter but then I found out I was pregnant. I wanted to make this up in a nice winter weight fabric but by then I will be quite large in the belly area, as my due date is in January. Would adding some kind of panel work perhaps?

    • Hi, Sarah! A princess-line jacket doesn’t really work for maternity, but if you check into fashions from the mid 19-teens, you find jackets that are princess-line all the way around to the side front. Then they have a “belt” section (like a wide horizontal strap, really) across the front (on either side of the closure) at the empire waistline. Below this, the front panels are gathered to allow for a pregnant belly! Basically all you’d need to do is to cut the center front pattern piece horizontally across the middle just below the bust. You will insert a two-inch-wide “belt” at that point (remember to add a 5/8″ seam allowance on both sides). To the lower half of the “belt,” you will attach the “skirt” panel that gives room for the belly. To create the panel, take the lower half of the jacket front that you cut away and double it in width. Also subtract two inches from its length, as you now have the belt in place. Gather the panel into the lower edge of the belt and stitch. Stitch side front to front as you would normally. Finish the jacket front so that it buttons to just below the bust. The rest remains free. Hope this makes sense! Congrats on your expected blessing!

  2. Hi Jennie!

    I’m pretty sure it doesn’t need to, but I was wondering if this jacket has to be worn over period clothes and underthings?


  3. Hi, I am a plus size person and was interested in buying this. However, I noticed that your link to the resizing page is not working (it says: 404 – File Not Found) Does this link work only after purchase or is it broken? Thanks.

    You make great patterns by the way!

  4. Do your patterns follow off-the-shelf sizing conventions or pattern sizing? Alternately, do you have measurements listed for completed garments? I wear a size 16-18 in US off-the-shelf clothes, but in most pattern brands I wear a 26-28, which means either this pattern will work for me with little to no resizing, or I’m so far out of range of the resizing possibility that there’s no point. 😉 Thanks.

    • Hi, Brenda! My patterns run true to measurements, and you definitely want to check those rather than “size.” Because this is a jacket meant to be worn over undergarments and a shirtwaist, the ease is a full 1.5″ unless you take it in tight to fit over a corseted silhouette. So it’s forgiving and can easily be tailored to look just right. Hope this helps!

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