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...Presents Four Period Clothing Pattern Lines

Dancing Leaf Designs, Inc. is a printing house for patterns created by both in-house and other drafters who wish to bring their patterns to market.

Patterns are printed on 20lb weight paper, with multiple sizes each uniquely color coded on the pattern. All materials are shipped in a resealable bag for your convenience.

The spiral bound sewing instructions contain both period construction methods and modern construction methods, which are succinct and take into account modern sewing machine methods.

Fig Leaf Patterns®

The Fig Leaf Patterns® product line is created and produced solely by Mackenzie Anderson Sholtz and consists of patterns taken from original garments in museums and private collections. As much of the original size and detailing is maintained while the pattern is graded to current industry standards.

Peachtree Mercantile™

Sponsored by the Atlanta History Center and in conjunction with Fig Leaf Patterns®, this line is based upon clothing in the museum's collection.

KayFig Patterns©

Originals by Kay and Fig Leaf Patterns© have joined together to create a line of patterns, KayFig, for the living history and reenactor market. These patterns are designed to fit the modern figure while creating the period look and proportions. These patterns are based on extant garments and original patterns and emphasize commonalities rather than idiosyncrasies of one specific garment.

Instead of one base size which is then mathematically graded for the other sizes, each size has its own block derived from actual people. This approach to creating a pattern is similar in the manner of how patterns were developed in the 19th century.

KayFig II: Research Patterns©

Kay and Mackenzie have created a second pattern line called KayFig II: Research Patterns which is based on single sized extant garments and/or original patterns. These patterns have limited sewing instructions and are meant more for research and study of period shapes. They certainly can be adapted to other sizes by skilled sewers.