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RH708 – 1690s-1710s Mantua

3 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)

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Product Description

Buy our pattern and make yourself the versitile dress of the Golden Age.

Full size paper patterns for 1680s-1710s Mantua based on extant English examples. Upper class and lower class, closed front and open front, and trained and non-trained versions included. Fits busts 30½”-48″ and waists 23″-41″. All sizes included in one envelope. Embellishment suggestions included.

Suggested Fabrics:
silk, linen, or wool

Yardage Requirements:
Mantua (no train) 4 yds at least 45″ wide
Mantua (with train) 6 yds at least 45″ wide
Petticote (no train) 3 yds at least 60″ wide
lining (optional) 3 yds at least 60″ wide
Petticote (trained) 4 yds at least 60″ wide
lining (optional) 4 yds at least 60″ wide

(optional) metal rings
(optional) cord & buttons or hooks & eyes for looped back

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Additional Information

Weight 0.81 lbs
Type of Product

Paper Pattern, Downloadable

1 review for RH708 – 1690s-1710s Mantua

  1. 3 out of 5


    Not criticisms, just a few watch points…

    Please note that the slits by point C either side of the Mantua body are different lengths on the pattern for back and front, so that you end up having to extend the front one by about 2 1/2″ for the underarm & side seam to work properly.

    Also, it would be very helpful if it was a little clearer which seams were right-to-right sides etc. It was only after I’d looked carefully at my Janet Arnold book that it became apparent. Same applied to hems, please! (The JA book also reassured me that your slits were incorrectly drafted as well, and not my error!)

    Also, some advice regarding working with patterned fabric would be helpful – showing grain direction is all very well, but grain can work 2 ways and the pattern pieces don’t make it clear enough whether that’s also relevant to patterned fabric as well. Would make life very difficult for someone making this from striped material, for instance!

    Perhaps a revision of the slit-lengths and to the instructions would be helpful to anyone else using this pattern?

    Otherwise, pretty good and thank you!

    • :

      The above issues have been corrected in the current version of the pattern. Thanks, Molly, for bringing them to our attention. — Kass

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