Frequently Asked Questions

Are Folkwear patterns easy to sew?
Yes. The patterns range from very easy to advanced, with most falling into the easy-to-intermediate category. Nearly every pattern includes an easy-sew version. The authentic detailing and handwork of the more advanced versions are always optional.

How are Folkwear patterns different from others?
Our styles are truly timeless and represent the fashions of other times and costumes of other places. They are perfect for putting together a look that is as individual as your needs, from historical reenactment and theater costuming to dramatic wearable art and unique everyday wear. Each pattern embodies a tradition and tells a story. In many patterns, you will find fascinating historical lore as well as instructions for authentic handwork and embellishment.

What about the knitting and crochet instructions in some Folkwear patterns?
In several patterns, you will find instructions for a coordinating garment or accessory designed especially for Folkwear. Specific yarns are recommended, but may not be available in your area. Therefore, we've included weight, yardage, and gauge information so you can choose other appropriate yarns.

How are Folkwear patterns sized?
Folkwear patterns are made for women, men, and children, so be sure to use the appropriate sizing chart on the back of the pattern envelope to match your measurements to the correct size for that garment.

All sizes are included in the pattern envelope, so you can easily combine them for a custom fit. For example, on the pattern pieces with cutting lines for different sizes, you might use the cutting line for Medium in the bust and waist area, but gradually move over to the Large cutting line for the hip area. Additional alterations are easy on Folkwear patterns, because many of the pattern pieces are squares or rectangles. Therefore, you can often add to the vertical seams to achieve greater width and adjust the horizontal seams for length.

Many of the older Folkwear patterns are sized to a Misses 16, which is quite small these days. We plan to gradually go back and re-size the most popular old Folkwear patterns up to size XL (46" bust).

All patterns released between 1998 and 2001 are sized Extra Small to Extra Large. All patterns released after 2002 are sized up to 2X (50" bust) for looser styles and 3X (54" bust) for fitted styles. See the charts below for women's and men's size measurements.


Women's Sizes
XS
(6-8)
SM
(10-12)
MD
(14-16)
LG
(18-20)
XL
(22-24)
2XL
(26-28)
3XL
(30-32)
Bust
30.5-31.5
32.5-32.75
36-38
40-42
44-46
48-50
52-54
inches
78-80
83-87
92-97
102-107
112-117
122-127
132-135
cm
Waist
23-24
25-26.5
28-30
32-34
37-39
42-44
46.5-49
inches
58-61
64-67
72-77
82-87
92-97
102-107
118-124.5
cm
Hips
32.5-33.5
34.5-36
38-40
42-44
46-48
50-52
54-56
inches
83-86
89-94
97-102
107-112
117-122
127-132
135-142
cm
Back Waist
15.5-15.75
16-16.25
16.5-16.75
17-17.25
17.5-17.75
18-18.25
18.5-18.75
inches
39.5-40
40.5-41.5
42-42.5
43-44
44.5-45
46-46.5
47-47.5
cm
Men's Sizes
 
Small
Medium
Large
XLarge
XXLarge
Chest
34-36
87-92
38-40
97-102
42-44
107-112
46-48
117-122
50-52
127-132
in.
cm
Waist
28-30
71-76
32-34
82-87
36-38
92-97
40-43
101-109
45-48
114-122
in.
cm
Hip
35-37
89-94
39-41
99-104
43-45
109-115
47-49
119-125
51-53
130-135
in.
cm
Back Waist Length
18 1/2
47.5
19
48.5
19 1/2
49.5
20
51
20 1/2
52
in.
cm

 

Folkwear
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Barnardsville, NC 28709-0189 U.S.A.

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