Monday, January 7, 2013

Downton Abbey Sewing: Episode 1

Season 3 of Downton Abbey aired in the U.S. yesterday.  I never finished showing all the costumes from Season 3 last year so I thought it would be a great idea to revisit the episodes from Season 3 (and rewatch them myself) but to highlight not just the costumes but to feature closely matching vintage patterns!

Here are a few of the outfits from last night's show...

Cora's Taupe Dress:
We see pointy collars such as this one three times in this episode including on Cora's taupe dress.  We also see it on Mrs Crawley's burgundy dress and on the Dowager Countess's velvet dress.

Butterick 5978 features a similar design that includes a belted version:

Pattern available at: The Blue Gardenia

Lady Edith's Blouse:

We've seen this blouse before in seasons 1 and 2 and a similar version worn by Lady Mary.  Lucky for us, Steph at 3 Hours Past the Edge of the World has designed this very blouse into a pattern called 'Sisters of Edwardia'.

Sisters of Edwardia blouse available for purchase here

Lady Mary's Black Dinner Gown:

I love this scoop neck, floor length dinner gown worn by Lady Mary.  Butterick 5622 fits the bill quite nicely in version c with view a's hemline:

Reproduction pattern from Past Patterns, available for purchase here

Lady Mary's Walking Suit:

Alas, I could not find a pattern to match the beautiful jacket from the walking suit but found what would probably be a similar skirt and attached camisole:

Image from the Vintage Pattern Wiki

Lady Mary's Bow Dress

Lastly, one of my favourite outfits from the episode is Lady Mary's bow dress.  We only see it very briefly in one scene but I just love it so...

I was super excited to come across Butterick 1700.  While the bow in Lady Mary's dress is made with beading, I think Butterick 1700 provides a similar neckline and bow effect:

Which is your favourite?  What did you think of the episode?


  1. OMG such beautiful costumes! I think I love the taupe dress best but this era definitely had some gorgeous styles. Thanks for the eye candy! 

  2. What a helpful public service announcement! I often drool over the designs on Downton Abbey and now I know where to find patterns. I'd love to let this era sneak into my wardrobe. thanks for sharing!

  3. I think about 75% of the time I am drooling over the costumes rather than enjoying the storyline and I love it when blogs capture images and that you have added actual period patterns is fab!

  4. Debi_myhappysewingplaceJanuary 07, 2013 11:53 AM

    I'm with you! I'm hoping to make something up from this era as well!

  5. Debi_myhappysewingplaceJanuary 07, 2013 11:54 AM

    Me too!  I have to go back and rewatch the episodes because I was so busy looking at the costumes! lol.

  6. You know it's because of you that I have taken more notice of the clothes in this Series. Pre-Debs I used to just focus on the story, the characters and the setting. Post-Debs I watch every female character as she turns, stretches her arm for a drink, and walks, just so that I can take in all the costume details! Thanks so much for adding a whole new level of enjoyment and interest to my TV watching! I too loved the walking suit neckline details!

  7. Beautiful garments, I'd love to be able to wear some of these! I didn't quite understand: in Lady Mary's walking suit is the camisole really attached to the skirt or does it mean that both patterns are included?


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