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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 ePattern
  • 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.
  • Available for instant download!
  • This pattern is rated intermediate.

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

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25 comments on “1909 Edwardian Dress Pattern”

  1. 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!

    • 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. 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.

  3. 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.

    • 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!

  4. 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?

  5. 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

  6. 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”.

    • 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!

    • 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. 🙂

  7. 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.

    • 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!

  8. Hi Jenny, I just found out that I’m expecting another child and I’m looking for good maternity patterns. Could the front panel of this dress be adapted to maternity, or would it be better to look elsewhere? Do you have other pattern suggestions? Thank you!

    • Hi, Alice!

      Congratulations on the expected little one. Wonderful news! You could certainly double the central skirt panel on this pattern to create room for a baby bump. I’ve used my Elegant Lady’s Closet pattern for maternity, since it already has a gathered skirt front (and you can widen it if you need more fullness–I usually add six inches). If you don’t want a full Regency look, you can shorten the drawstring dress option to hip length for a lovely tunic. 🙂 I hope this helps, and happy sewing!

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