RH919P – 1830s-1900 Trousers for the Prosperously-Bellied Gent




Big belly?  No problem!  Get our pattern for the Prosperously-Bellied Gentleman and make yourself proper Victorian trousers.

In the 19th century, trousers went from the simple leg coverings of farmers to the proper evening wear of the aristocracy.  This is our full-size paper pattern with complete instructions and historical notes for men’s trousers circa 1830-1900 based on extant examples and period tailor’s manuals.  Pattern includes the early version’s instep strap and the later shaped bottoms.

Our newly-redrafted pattern fits waists 44″-62″. All sizes included in one envelope. Embellishment suggestions included.

Suggested Fabrics: 

wool, heavyweight silk
lightweight silk or linen for lining 

Yardage Requirements:
outer material & interlining: 4 yds at least 60″ wide
lining: 4yds at least 60″ wide

2 – 7/8″ buttons for waistband
2-5 – 5/8″ buttons for fly closure
buttonhole floss

Let us help you! At Reconstructing History, we want to see you wearing the best garments you are capable of making. Email us at and we will answer any questions you might have.

Additional information

Weight 0.63 g
Type of Product

Paper Pattern, Downloadable


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