Make Yourself a Winter Coat

Summer has ended.  Although the temps are still high, do you find yourself wondering what you’ll wear for a coat this winter.  Reconstructing History has a lot of vintage coat patterns that can serve your every whim.  Does a classic Chesterfield suit your fancy?  We have a pattern for that of course.  Or are you… Continue Reading

RH1008 — Ladies’ Vest for the 1890s-1910s

RH1008 — Ladies’ Vest for the 1890s-1910s

Buy our pattern for the Perfect Waistcoat! Replicate a dress from the 1890s and start here.  Make the perfect Steampunk or Edwardian (or Teens) outfit!  You need our pattern for this beautiful ladies’ waistcoat based on an original period tailor’s draft.  With its front darts and seamed back, this basic vest looks beautiful on a variety of figures and works from the… Continue Reading

RH942 — Ladies’ Vest for the 1870s-1880s

RH942 — Ladies’ Vest for the 1870s-1880s

Buy our pattern for the Perfect Waistcoat! Replicate a dress from the 1870s and start here.  Make the perfect Steampunk or Victorian outfit!  You need our pattern for this beautiful ladies’ waistcoat based on an original period tailor’s draft.  With its front darts and seamed back, this basic vest looks beautiful on a variety of figures and works from the 1870s and… Continue Reading

Steampunk Without Brown

Steampunk Without Brown

Steampunk:  When Goths Discovered Brown.  So the joke goes.  But there’s no reason your Steampunk ensemble has to be restricted to the palette of a sepia photograph.  Mid- and late Victorians were incredibly fond of colour.  Rather than wearing brown and black all the time, western people in the 19th century wore shockingly bright colours.  Some… Continue Reading

5 Reasons Why RH Vintage Reproduction Patterns Are Better

Vintage reproduction patterns have become very popular in recent years.  Even the big pattern companies like Simplicity and Vogue are reissuing their old stock to fill the demand for vintage patterns.  But all vintage patterns are not created the same.  For many reasons, they can be downright frustrating for modern seamstresses to use.  That’s why… Continue Reading

Patterns for Browncoats

The Browncoat Ball is coming up and you don’t have a thing to wear! Well, let me help you! I’m sure you’ve already read our articles No Sew Browncoat Ball Costuming and Dress Like a Companion without Sewing.  But what if you want to make your own stuff? Darlings, I don’t run a pattern company for nothing.… Continue Reading

Downloads

Downloads Frequently Asked Questions Welcome to the Downloads section! Reconstructing History takes pride in offering downloadable versions of each of its patterns. Our users find them convenient and easy to use. Should you have any questions, this FAQ should answer them. “Where the heck have they gone?” We used to have separate products for print… Continue Reading

Great for Amateurs and Professionals

I discovered Reconstructing History when I was the Assistant to the Resident Costume Designer at a Shakespeare company. At the time, I appreciated RH for their easy-to-follow instructions. Now that I am sewing recreationally for the SCA, I still appreciate their user friendliness, but also how each pattern includes the historical background to the garment… Continue Reading

Hire Kass

Hire Reconstructing History’s resident clothing historian, Kass McGann, to present lectures to your group! Kass McGann is an historical clothing researcher specializing in medieval through early 20th century clothing. Since the 1990s, she has studied extant garments in museums worldwide and made accurate replicas using only period-appropriate materials and handwork. She has given lectures all… Continue Reading