Ecclesiastical Vestment Pattern Making

There has been a lot of talk about Ecclesiastical Embroidery here on Ecclesiastical Sewing. For today, it is time to turn my attention to the actual sewing part of Ecclesiastical Sewing.  I have been working on a long distance project for several months.  Today it was time to take a new step in the project. It was time to draft a new Ecclesiastical Vestment garment pattern from scratch.

The project is recreating a monk habit pattern. Why should a pattern need to be recreated? Doesn’t the Monastery have their own patterns?  Patterns are often handed down, traced off, modified, changed by someone not familiar with the “rules” of pattern making and the like. Over time, the patterns can become distorted, pattern seamlines can be modified so that they are in no longer in the correct place. Curves can be traced incorrectly, and the pattern becomes a mess. Trying to create a garment from these patterns becomes a nightmare for the tailor.

Ecclesiastical Vestment Pattern Book and Tools
Ecclesiastical Vestment Pattern Book and Tools

And thus, my task today was to take an historical monk habit pattern from an old pattern book and recreate the pattern.

Vestment Pattern Making First lines for Reference lines.
Vestment Pattern Making First lines for Reference lines.

The process is quite simple. There are reference points, lines and measurements. The process is somewhat reminiscent of an interesting dot-to-dot where I not only get to draw the lines, I also get to place the dots!  Now that is a fun change of pace.


The Ecclesiastical Vestment Pattern in process
The Ecclesiastical Vestment Pattern in process

Only a few more lines to go, and the back piece of this Ecclesiastical  Vestment Pattern is finished.

The Completed Back Pattern
The Completed Back Pattern

Before I knew it, the back pattern for the Ecclesiastical Vestment was completed. Time to move on to the front pattern piece. Until next time, and thanks for reading along.

Solo Dei Gloria

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  1. Thank you very much. I did find a copy available for download so I am having a look at that. I too am starting some ecclesiastical embroidery and sewing techniques – mainly to make myself vestments. Thanks for the blog, I love what you are doing. Fr Andrew


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