Folkwear 220 Garden Party Dress



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Buy the 220 Garden Party Dress sewing pattern from Folkwear. Although the fashions of 1910-12 incorporated a new straight, slim silhouette as a departure from the Edwardian S-curve and full, swishing skirts, there seemed to be a reluctance to abandon the lovely lacy detailing of that earlier period. This type of dress was sometimes referred to as a ‘lingerie dress’ on account of the sheer, white delicacy of the fabric and trim with which it was made.

The bodice of the Garden Party Dress reflects the less constricting tailoring of the post-Edwardian era. Soft gathers below a square yoke and at the waist provide a comfortable fit. Two wide flanges emphasise the princess line. These were typically made of lace or eyelet as in View B.

View A, the contemporary interpretation, has a self-bias bound jewel neckline, self-fabric flanges, and a gathered mid-calf length dirndl skirt. View, B, the traditional version, has a lowered square neckline. The ankle-length skirt is darted into the waistline for a lovely fit; purchased lace or eyelet on the flanges, cuffs, front yoke, and back add elegance and femininity. Both views feature three-quarter length sleeves eased into wide below-the-elbow cuffs and a buttoned centre back opening.

The straight cut of the skirt makes this dress a natural for border prints and eyelet.

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: Soft, sheer to lightweight fabrics such as cotton batiste, voile, lawn, gauze, or eyelet; rayon challis; silks; wool challis or blends.

Fabric requirements: Yardages given are without nap, pile or one-way design. Note layouts are not included for fabrics with border designs; extra fabric required.

View A: 45″ (115 cm) wide fabric: 4 – 4 7/8 yd (3.7 – 4.5 m) // 60″ (150 cm) wide fabric: 3 1/4 – 3 3/4 yd (2.9 – 3.4 m).

View B: 45″ (115 cm) wide fabric: 4 3/4 yd (4.34 m) // 60″ (150 cm) wide fabric: 3 – 4 3/4 yd (2.7 – 4.34 m).

Sizing: XS – 2XL (approx. UK 4/6 – 24/26, based on our standardised size chart). Please also check the designer’s size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: Thread; 3/8″ (1 cm) buttons, six for View A or five for View B; 1/8 yd (11.5 cm) lightweight interfacing for waistband; three pairs of hooks and eyes or snaps // View B also: 3 3/8 yd (3.09 m) of approx. 3 1/4″ (8.1 cm) wide single edge border lace for flanges, cuffs, and yoke.

PDF pattern includes: Sewing instructions; print-at-home pattern (40 pages); 36″ wide copy shop pattern (1 sheet); A0 copy shop pattern (2 sheets).

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Additional information


Cottons, Drape, Wools

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, UK 24 / US 20 / EU 52, UK 26 / US 22 / EU 54

Pattern format

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

PDF Printing

40 Pages

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