Bumper thread of free kids' kit patterns

Presenting the bumper thread of free kid’s kit patterns!

I sew a lot, for myself and my family. And while trawling the web I’ve found a lot of free patterns for kids that made me think either, ‘hmmm, that’s a nice generic bit for field larp’ or ‘oooh, that would be good for [Nation] if we ever play it’. So here is a collection of some of those links.

It’s important to note that fabric and colour are much more important than garment shape when kitting up small children. Most of these pieces could fit in almost any nation made with the appropriate colours, fabrics and trims! But some of them struck me as a particularly good fit for a particular nation and in that case I’ve noted it.

The really obvious thing this list doesn’t have is a free pattern for a generic tunic/shirt in a woven fabric in children’s sizing. Despite a lot of looking, I just can’t seem to find one! I tend to make t-tunics with square underarm gussets in much the same way as the tutorial on the Empire wiki:

https://www.profounddecisions.co.uk/empire-wiki/How_to_-_Make_a_simple_tunic

The drawback of this method is that the underarm gussets get to be very fiddly in small sizes. A simpler method is to cut the gusset and sleeve all as one with the body, as in this tutorial:

https://rosaliegilbert.com/tutorial_ttunic_cheaty.html

(Many of the other tutorials on this site would make particularly good kit for Dawn and Highguard and most are drafted from an existing shirt or t-shirt, so easily adapted for children)

Now, on to the patterns!

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Sunny hat

  • Age 0-large adult
  • Generic round brimmed sunhat
  • Free pdf pattern+instructions if you subscribe to their newsletter
  • Download is then emailed to you so you can unsubscribe straight away
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Walk the Plank pyjama pants

  • Age 3m-14
  • Straight leg trousers with elasticated waist
  • Generic base layer
  • Free PDF download at the link
  • Adult sizes PDF also available for free on the site
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Twig + Tale Petal wrap dress/tunic

  • Ages 0 to 5
  • Sleeveless lined tunic/dress with overlapping fronts
  • Free pdf pattern+instructions if you subscribe to their newsletter
  • Download is then emailed to you so you can unsubscribe straight away
  • Extension pack for ages 5-10 available to buy.

Particularly appropriate for Varushka and Urizen.

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Shannon’s bonnet

  • Ages 0-7
  • Brimmed sunbonnet with ties
  • Instructions at ink with pattern to download

Particularly appropriate for the Marches and Dawn.

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Eura dress

  • Dimensions for ages 0-3 and instructions on the website
  • Can be easily drafted for any age, including adult
  • Simple pull-on tunic/dress with long gussets
  • Deep neck opening accommodates large heads - ideal for babies and toddlers
  • Very economical of fabric

Particularly appropriate for Wintermark, Imperial Orcs and Navarr.

See here for drafting guidance for other sizes: Cut and Construction of the Finnish Eura Underdress | In Pursuit of Medieval Excellence

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Red Riding Hood cape

  • Ages 1-adult
  • Slightly tailored hooded cape
  • Shaped shoulders sit better than the classic half- or full-circle cloak
  • Instructions specify felt or fleece outer and jersey knit hood lining, but any suitable-weight fabrics could be substituted
  • Instructions at link with pattern download at the end. Lots of ads so click carefully
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Baby salwar

  • Drafting and making instructions only - no pattern pieces
  • Could be made for any age
  • Full at top narrowing to ankle

Generous fit around bum is good for kids still in nappies, particularly reusable nappies.

The same site has drafting and sewing instructions for several types of salwar/trousers for adults:
https://www.aminacreations.com/search?q=salwar

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Gathered chemise [i.e. Flannel nightgown]

  • Age 4-9
  • Fitted bodice with full skirt and sleeves, gathered neck and cuffs
  • Instructions at link with pattern download at the end. Lots of ads so click carefully

Make this in a light cotton for a flouncy chemise/underdress.

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High-waist gown

  • Age 1-8
  • High-waist sleeveless dress with lined bodice and gathered skirt
  • Instructions at link with pattern download at the start

High waist gown with sleeves

  • Age 2-10
  • High-waist dress with neck facing, long sleeves and gathered skirt
  • Instructions at link with pattern download at the start

Make either of these in a fancy fabric and layer over a gathered underdress (see previous reply for a suitable underdress pattern) for a Leaguish look. Sleeves would be best made narrower then slashed or modified to tie on for the League.

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Peasant Tunic

  • Age 12m - 14 years
  • lots of variations of the peasant tunic on the site, but I like this one for the non-elastic neck
  • Requires registering an email address to get patterns
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How to draft a child’s doublet using a t-shirt for size reference.

http://cardinal-creations.com/classes/drafting-a-bodice-doublet-pattern

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