Folkwear 202 Unisex Victorian Shirt



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Buy the 202 Unisex Victorian Shirt sewing pattern from Folkwear. This fashionable dress shirt was featured in Harper’s Bazaar in the 1870s, and as rural people began to emulate urban trends, it was adopted in America and Europe by farmers and tradesmen, who continued to use it long afterward for everyday wear. It is handsome today on both men and women, tucked in or as a tunic, overshirt, or nightshirt. This pattern retains the longer length of men’s shirts from the 19th century, but it may be shortened if you wish.

The shaped front bib has a buttoned placket opening, finished with a horizontal tab enclosing a box pleat. The simple neckband was originally worn with a separate purchased collar. Soft pleats fall in back from a shoulder yoke; the sleeves are also pleated into cuffs.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

– PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). What is Copy Shop?

Suggested fabrics: Shirting weight fabrics such as broadcloth, gingham, muslin, or lightweight cotton flannel.

Fabric requirements: 

45″ (1.15 m) wide fabric: 2 1/2 – 2 3/4 yd (2.3 – 2.5 m). For XL only, when using fabrics with nap or one-way design, add 1/2 yd (0.5 m).

Sizing: XS – XL (approx. UK 4/6 – 22, based on our standardised size chart). Please also check the designer’s size chart and finished garment measurements.

This shirt is mid-thigh length on a 5’7″ (1.7 m) person.

Notions: Thread; four or five buttons.

PDF pattern includes: Instructions; US letter/A4 print-at-home pattern (45 pages); 36″ wide copy shop pattern (1 sheet); A0 copy shop pattern (3 sheets).

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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting

Make time

One to two days

Sewing level



UK 4 / US 0 / EU 32, UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50

Pattern format

PDF, PDF pattern + Printed copy shop (+£7.00)

PDF Printing

45 Pages

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