Side Saddle Lady Catalogue
Dressmaking Patterns

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NB. It is strongly recommended, particularly when making period riding habit patterns, that a mock-up of muslin, sheeting, or similar material is made (at least of the bodice), to check for fit, before cutting out your good fabric.

SAFETY WARNING/TIP: Period riding habit patterns do not have safety skirts and are constructed in the style of the era worn, before safety skirts were invented. Therefore it is suggested that if wearing period habits for horseback riding that an appropriate offside seam is either left open or only lightly fastened (e.g. with velcro), to minimise the danger of material getting caught around the pommels in the event of a fall. Disclaimer: Side Saddle Lady and its proprietor take no responsibility for any accidents occurring while wearing habits made from any of the riding habit patterns.

 

Modern habit
P1 - Women's and children's jacket patterns, with optional cutaway front for side-saddle riding. Multisized. (Women's: 30 1/2 in to 46 in bust; children's: 21 in to 33 in chest.)
£10.95 / $21.95



 

P2 - Side-saddle apron, divided skirt, and driving apron pattern. Multisized.
£11.95 / $23.95

 

 



1670 - 1720 period
P33 - 1670s to 1720s Lady's riding habit. Full-size paper patterns for a historically accurate 1670s to 1720s lady's riding and hunting outfit, also worn when travelling. Frock coat with dog-ear cuffs, sleeved waistcoat, and petticoat (skirt) with or without train, and optional train included. Multisized patterns, busts 30 1/2 to 48 inches, waists 23 to 41 inches. Gives instructions for both period and modern construction, together with historical notes. See also stays pattern below.
£19.95 / $37.95

 

 

 

 

 



P34 - 1670s to 1720s stays. Full-size paper patterns for late 17th century stays (corsets), based on extant English examples. These are the historically correct underpinnings for the above riding habit. Multisized patterns, busts 30 1/2 to 48 inches, waists 23 to 41 inches.
£13.95 / $27.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Eighteenth century

P37 - 1730s to 1760s Lady's riding habit. Full-size paper patterns for a historically accurate lady's riding habit of the period 1730s to 1760s, based on the extant one in the Snowshill collection, featured in Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion, Vol. 1. Also worn for travelling. Jacket with regular or mariner's cuffs, back waist seam or seamless back, fold-down collar or collarless. Petticoat (skirt) instructions included. Multisized pattern, bust 30 1/2 to 48 inches, waist 23 to 41 inches. Gives instructions for both period and modern construction, together with historical notes. See also stays (corset) pattern below for the correct undergarment for this pattern.
£19.95

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P38 - 1770s to 1780s Lady's riding habit. Full-size paper patterns for a historically accurate lady's riding habit of the period 1770s to 1780s, based on the extant one in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Also worn for travelling. Jacket with double-breasted turnbacks, fold-down collar, back waist seam, and matching waistcoat. Petticoat (skirt) instructions included. Multisized pattern, bust 30 1/2 to 48 inches, waist 23 to 41 inches. Gives instructions for both period and modern construction, together with historical notes. See also stays (corset) pattern below for the correct undergarment for this pattern.
£19.95

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P39 - 1740s to 1790s stays. Full-size paper patterns for historically accurate stays (corsets) from 1740s to 1790s, based on extant examples. Multisized pattern, fits bust 28 to 50 inches. Gives complete instructions, together with historical notes. Suitable for the eighteenth-century riding habit patterns above.
£13.95

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P8 - Colonial riding habit, of the 1770s era. Size medium to large.
£13.95 / $27.95
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For an example of this style made up, in the riding habit exhibits of the Side Saddle Lady
Museum,
click here

 

1790 - 1820 period
P9 - Early nineteenth-century habit. Multisized.
£13.95 / $27.95
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P35 - 1790s-1810s Lady's riding habit. Full-size paper patterns for a historically accurate lady's riding habit of the period 1790s to 1810s, based on the extant one in Salisbury Museum, featured in Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion, Vol. 1. Jacket and trained skirt with attached bodice. Multisized pattern, bust 30 1/2 to 48 inches, waist 23 to 41 inches. Gives instructions for both period and modern construction, together with historical notes. See also stays (corset) pattern below for the correct undergarment for this pattern.
£19.95

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P36 - c. 1800 stays. Full-size paper patterns for historically accurate light, short-waisted corsets or stays, c. 1800, and wrap-around 'brassiere' worn under early Regency gowns. Multisized pattern, fits bust 28 to 50 inches. Gives complete instructions, together with historical notes. Suitable for the riding habit pattern above.
£13.95

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P10 - Regency Wardrobe pattern. Contains patterns pieces to create a whole wardrobe of the Regency period, from a bodiced petticoat and chemisette, to interchangeable dress pieces and a spencer with two collar variations. To make a riding habit of the 1818 era, use the shaped skirt with train and crossover bodice, without sleeves, and the spencer with oversleeves and peplum. Trim with braidwork and buttons. Multisized.
£33.95
Sorry, this pattern is no longer available

For an example of this style made up, in the riding habit exhibits of the Side Saddle Lady Museum, click here.

Click here for a figurine in the Side Saddle Lady Museum, dressed in a similar habit.

 

1865 period
P11 - Riding habit skirt. Multisized. (See illustration below, at
P13).
£10.99 / $22.05

P12 - Corded jacket. Separate sizes: 8-10 (small), 12-14 (medium), 16-18 (large); please state which required.
£9.95 / $19.95

For an example of this style made up, in the riding habits exhibits of the Side Saddle Lady Museum, click here.

 


P13 - Plain basque. Separate sizes: 8-10 (small), 12-14 (medium), 16-18 (large); please state which required.
£9.95 / $19.95

Illustration right, shows P11 skirt pattern, and (left figure), P13 plain basque pattern.

 


P14 - Riding trousers. Separate sizes: 8-10 (small), 12-14 (medium), 16-18 (large); please state which required.
£8.50 / $17.50


 


1872
P15 - Bonnie's blue riding habit from Gone With The Wind. This child's habit is based on the design featured in the 1939 motion picture, and is not, therefore, intended to be a historically accurate girls' riding habit of the 1870s.
£14.95
Sorry, this pattern is now sold out.

For an example of this child's style, made up in the riding habits exhibits of the Side Saddle Lady Museum, click here.

 

 



1880s/90s period

P16 - Equestrienne skirt. Multisized.
£18.95
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P17 - Equestrienne bodice.
Multisized.
£15.95
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P18 - Equestrienne trousers. Multisized.
£14.50 / £29.25

For an example of this style, made up in the riding habits exhibits of the Side Saddle Lady Museum, click here.


1883

P32 - 1883 riding habit bodice and skirt. Historically correct. The double-breasted bodice has a roll collar/lapel, double points in the front and square tail with a centre back vent. The two-piece coat sleeve is very slim, with a slightly full head. The skirt is shorter on the left-hand side, longer on the right-hand side, and shaped to fit over the right knee. When in the saddle the hem hangs level. For walking, the skirt loops up and attaches to a button at the back, draping on the right hip. Multisized patterns, bust sizes 30 inches to 50 inches; waist 22 inches to 42 inches.
£24.99 / $49.99

 

 


The following habit dressmaking patterns are blue/black line reproductions from actual nineteenth-century patterns. Seam allowances, markings, straight of grain and original sewing instructions have been added (not as comprehensive as modern patterns). Instructions for sizing up and down have also been included, as the original patterns were of fixed size (as given below), and suited to figure measurements of the time. It is recommended that a muslin mock-up is made first to adjust to today's figure (particularly the waist). These patterns may be more suitable for dressmakers with a little experience.

P19 - 1873 riding habit jacket. 36-inch bust, 23-inch waist. Jacket only. There is a description of the skirt but no pattern.
£10.95 / $21.95

 

 


 

P20 - 1873 riding habit jacket. 36-inch bust, 22-inch waist. Jacket only.
£10.95 / $21.95

 

 

 

 

 

P21 - 1888 English riding habit. Consists of basque, skirt and trousers. 34-inch bust, 24-inch waist.
£24.95 / $49.95

 

 

 

 

 

P22 - 1888 riding corset. 21-inch waist.
£6.25 / $12.50

 

 

 

 

P23 - 1889 English riding habit. Consists of a short habit basque and skirt. 38-inch bust, 25-inch waist.
£23.95 / $47.95

 

 

 

 

 

P24 -1891 riding habit. Consists of a short basque with back 'tail' and a skirt fitted smoothly to waist and on the pommel side by darts and cross seams. 38-inch bust, 23-inch waist.
£22.95 / $45 95

 

 

 

 

P25 - 1891 riding trousers. 23-inch waist.
£6.25 / $12.50

 

 

 

 

 

P26 - 1891 riding corset. 22-inch waist.
£6.50 / $13.10

 

 

 

 

P27 - 1893 Berlin riding habit. Consists of belted jacket, which opens on a starched shirt front, skirt and trousers. 36-inch bust, 24-inch waist.
£25.95 / $51.95

 

 

 

 

 

P28 - 1893 riding habit. Consists of jacket, waistcoat, trousers and skirt. 38-inch bust, 26-inch waist.
£27.95 / $55.95

 

 

 

 

 

P29 - 1893 short riding corset. 20-inch waist.
£6.00 / $12.05

 

 

 

 

 

P30 - 1896 French riding habit with two skirts. Consists of bodice, trousers and two different shape skirts (one buttons up the front, the other has a curved side for the pommel); 36-inch bust, 23-inch waist.
£32.95 / $65.95

Please note that the instructions and pattern pieces given for this pattern seems to indicate that the bodice has a high neck and standing collar, and is fastened on the left side with buttons, with a corresponding row of buttons on the right side, rather than the style in the illustration. It does have the leg of mutton sleeves and a pointed front as shown, with a short tail at the back of the bodice.

For an example of this style, made up in the riding habits exhibits of the Side Saddle Lady Museum, click here.

 

 

P31 - 1877 riding habit jacket. 34-inch bust, 25-inch waist. Jacket only. The basque jacket has two darts in the front and a V-shaped neckline with a peak lapel collar.
£11.95 / $23.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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