Costume Patterns

What do we mean when we say "costume patterns"?  Do we mean patterns to make things for Halloween?  Or do we mean patterns for clothing worn on the stage and in the movies by actors?  Or do we mean patterns to help us make the clothing and accessories of another era?

At Reconstructing History, we make patterns that help you make clothing from another time period.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines costume as:  “A style of dress, including garments, accessories, and hairstyle, especially as characteristic of a particular country, period, or people.”  The word “costume”1 comes from the French word costume which is from the Italian, style, dress, from Latin cônsuçtûdô, custom.

1.  costume. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved June 25, 2009, from website:




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