128 Russian Settlers’ Dress



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Buy the 128 Russian Settlers’ Dress sewing pattern from Folkwear. This complete ensemble from Old Russia includes a jumper/pinafore or sundress (serafan), blouse (rukava), and apron (zapon).

The loose, full dress is gathered into a band that fits snugly around the body just above the bust. The garment hangs from shoulder straps that join at the centre back. The sleeves and body of the hip-length blouse are gathered into a narrow neckband. The apron ties at the waist. The bib, skirt and flounce of the apron are pleated in place, and a narrow ribbon ties behind the neck.

Wear the serafan by itself as a sundress, or combine it with the other pieces for a variety of looks. The pattern includes historical information about Russian peasant costume and instructions for traditional punch needle embroidery.

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: Light to medium-weight fabrics such as silk, cotton, rayon, linen, or blends in challis or crepe.

If you are planning to do punch needle embroidery, check the instructions before purchasing fabric.

Fabric requirements: Yardages given are for fabrics with or without nap, pile or one-way design.

Dress: 45″ (115 cm) or 60″ (150 cm) wide fabric: 3 3/4 yd (3.5 m).

Blouse: 45″ (115 cm) wide fabric: 2 1/2 yd (2.3 m) // 60″ (150 cm) wide fabric: 1 5/8 yd (1.45 m).

Apron: 45″ (115 cm) or 60″ (150 cm) wide fabric: 1 1/2 yd (1.4 m).

Sizing: XS – XL (approx. UK 4/6 – 20, based on our standardised size chart). Please also check the designer’s size chart and finished garment measurements.


Dress: Thread; light to medium weight interfacing, 1 yd (0.9 m) for XS – S or 1 1/8 yd (1.05 m) for M – XL // Optional: 1/4″ (6 mm) wide ribbon trim for back, 1 5/8 yd (1.45 m); ribbon or lace for hem trim, 3 3/8 yd (3.1 m) for each row desired on full version, 2 1/4 yd (2.05 m) for each row desired on narrow version.

Blouse: Thread; 3/8 yd (34 cm) of 1/4″ (6 mm) wide ribbon for wrist stays; one 3/8″ (10 mm) button for collar or 1 1/8 yd (1.05 m) of 1/4″ (6 mm) wide ribbon for necktie; 1/8 yd (12 cm) of lightweight interfacing for collar.

Apron: Thread; 1 3/4 yd (1.6 m) of 1/4″ (6 mm) wide ribbon for stay and ties // Optional: Ribbon or lace for trim, 1 1/4 yd (1.15 m) for each row desired on lower edge of skirt, 2 3/8 yd (2.18 m) for each row desired on lower edge of ruffle.

Materials for optional handwork.

PDF pattern includes: Instructions; print-at-home pattern (47 pages); 36″ wide copy shop pattern; A0 copy shop pattern (3 sheets).

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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe, Linen, Silk / Satin / Sateen

Make time

All day, One to two days

Sewing level

Confident Beginner, Intermediate


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

Pattern format

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

PDF Printing

47 pages

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