Brown Paper Patterns are pattern packages that offer simple style and easy construction. Each package contains patterns for five classic garments. The packages have a unique format of instructions which includes a "Methods Dictionary" and separate "Steps of Construction" for each garment. Brown Paper Patterns are a collection of basics for those who enjoy simplicity and easy elegance in the clothes they wear. Enjoy!

This pattern package contains five skirt patterns, each in two lengths. The Basic Straight and Basic A-Line skirts have a center back zipper and facing. The Slip-On Princess and Slip-On A-Line skirts have a separate casing. The Six-Gore skirt has six equally sized panels, zipper, and facing. All skirts can be made with a natural or lowered waistline.

Misses Hip 32" - 50" included

Ease Measurements:
Basic Straight: 1/2" waist, 2" hip

Length of Skirt:
Short: 20", Long 38"

Diameter at Base of Skirt:
Basic Straight: Short 41", Long: 41"
Slip-On Princess: Short 41", Long: 41"
Basic A-Line: Short 48", Long: 59"
Slip-On A-Line: Short 49", Long: 60"
Six-Gore: Short 54", Long: 72"

Suggested Fabrics:
Cotton & cotton blends, linen & linen blends, lightweight denim or pinwale corduroy, rayon, double knits. For a less structured look in the a-line and gore skirts, use rayon or soft cotton that has a good drape. For optional lining: Bemberg rayon or soft cotton.

Basic Straight, A-Line, and Six-Gore Skirts - 9" zipper, 1/4 yard interfacing, thread. Slip-On Skirts - 3/4" non-roll elastic cut to waist measurement plus 1", 1/4 yard interfacing, thread.

Methods and Instructions


This pattern package contains five top patterns. The Basic Shell has two side darts and a button and loop back neck opening. The Button Shell has two side darts, a scoop neck and front button opening. The Slip-On Top has dropped sleeves and side darts. The Button Top has dropped sleeves and side darts, a bottom band and front button opening. The Hooded Top has dropped sleeves, hood, and front kangaroo pocket.

Misses Bust 30" - 48" included

Finished Length of Top - Bust 36:
Basic Shell: 22"
Button Shell: 22"
Slip-On Top: 21"
Button Top: 23 "
Hooded Top: 24 "

Suggested Fabrics:
Cotton and cotton blends, linen and linen blends, rayons, dupioni silk, silk noil. Slip-On Top and Button Top sleeves drape well when made with rayon. The Hooded Top may also be made with a firm stable knit or microfiber, but is not suitable for fleece.

Thread. All garments except Hooded Top: 1/2 yard interfacing. Basic Shell: one 3/8: button. Button Shell: seven 5/8: buttons. Button Top: six " buttons. Optional: rayon seam binding and double needle for hems.


    This pattern package contains five slip-on pant patterns. The Slender Pant is close fitting with a tapered leg and separate casing. The Loose pant has a straight leg and foldover casing. The Boxers have a slightly flared hem, faux fly, and foldover casing. The Shorts are in three lengths, have a foldover casing and optional skort panel. The Evening Pant has eight front pleats folded toward the center, and a separate casing. All pants can be made with a natural or lowered waistline.

Methods and Instructions