Started in California in the 1970s, Folkwear provides sewing patterns that are based on authentic ethnic and vintage garments. Our patterns are flexible enough to be used for costuming as well as making unique every-day-wear.
These patterns lend themselves well to embellishments from smocking to embroidery to quilting. They can help you expand your sewing skills and creativity. Each pattern comes with a short explanation of the historic or cultural context of the garment, and how the garment would have been traditionally worn and embellished.
Folkwear is located in western NC, near Asheville, and is run by Molly Hamilton - a sewer, wife, mother-of-four, and entrepreneur.
Our ethnic sewing pattern collection includes patterns from around the world - from six continents and 32 countries! These Folkwear patterns are based on authentic and historic garments worn by "folk" in these countries collected over the last 40 years. Folkwear ethnic patterns make wonderful and unique clothing that is versatile, practical, and beautiful. Patterns come with historic and ethnic lore and information, and most come with information on embellishment and handwork or hand sewn details. You can make a culturally and historically accurate outfit, or a garment for every-day-wear. These patterns are fun and easy to use!