Meet Lupin - Our Romantic Academia Dress

Meet Lupin - Our Romantic Academia Dress

Meet our latest sewing pattern - Lupin and get ready for compliments when wearing this romantic academia style dress!

Lupin romantic academia historic vintage sewing pattern

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Lupin is a dress heavily inspired by a 1895 gigot sleeve blouse. Sewn in pleats in the shoulder and waist give a tailored fit and great texture. Or you can choose to sew the more relaxed version with a loose waistline and gathered shoulders, perfect to be combined with a belt for a fitted look. As always, this design includes side seam pockets, for maximal comfort.
High collar and wide button placket give a tailored couture look - a truly aristocratic design!

Style it elegantly to wear to work or relaxed to a study session with friends. Make it modern or live your best "Anne of Green Gables"- vibes. Either way it will be a great addition to your historybound-wardrobe - you decide how modern, vintage or cosplay you design your Lupin Dress!

Lucy is wearing Lupin Version B with the belt and gigot sleeves (left)

Faye is wearing Lupin Version A with the sewn in pleats (right)

Lupin's Features

  • 2 versions in 1 Pattern
  • truly historical look with details like pintucks and folds (A), or a relaxed gathered version (B)
  • accessories included : learn belt-making!
  • side seam pockets <3
    and as always:
  • Mix & Match to create your unique style

With this Pattern you will learn:

  • Pleats
  • Side seam pockets
  • Button plackets
  • Sewing collars
  • Puff sleeves with cuffs
  • Belt-Making

Perfectly dresses from head to toe - Lupin is an elegant modest gown and completed outfit


Version A

Sewn in pleats in shoulder and waist, just like the historic originals. Show your skills using this couture sewing technique. Straight sleeves with a pleat design match the bodice perfectly.

Lupin dress version a dress sewing pattern vintage history

Version B

The more relaxed version with gathered shoulders and loose waistline, perfect to be combined with a belt for a fitted look. All eyes are on the gigot sleeves!

Lupin dress version b historical gigot sleeve dress
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Mix & Match

Combine as you like, to create a unique Lupin matching your style best.

We included 2 versions in the sewing instructions to teach you all required techniques.

Choose from 2 bodices, 2 sleeves, 2 skirt lengths and wear with or without a belt.

  • Bodice: pleats / gathered (no pleats)
  • Sleeve: two-pieced sleeve + buttoned pleated hem / gigot sleeve + cuffs
  • Skirt: ankle length / midi length
  • Belt: with belt / without belt

Lupin Mix and Match vintage style anne of green gables dress pattern

See these Mix & Match ideas for inspiration on how to design your individual version of the Lupin dress. Mixing and matching also allows you to use the same pattern multiple times to create a totally unique looking dress each time you sew it - more bang for your bucks!

Mix and Match ideas for Lupin

Skill Level

Lupin is a sewing pattern aimed at "advanced" sewists - perfect if you are a confident stitcher already, or like taking on a challenge in your sewing experience with our detailed sewing instructions.

Need more information about our skill levels? Read our Guide


Sizing and Formats

A4/ US Letter + A0/ Copy Shop

Lupin is available as a PDF Sewing Pattern for you to instantly download. You will get an email immediately after purchase with a PDF to either print and assemble at home, suitable both for A4 and US Letter formats or send to a copyshop or pattern printer to print to full scale on A0.

With or without seam allowances

All Stitchmaiden patterns come in two file versions, one that includes seam allowances, which are 1 cm (3/8”) unless otherwise stated on the pattern or in the instructions and one version without seam allowances, so you can add your own. 

If you need more help, read our Guide on how to use PDF Sewing Patterns

Our sewing patterns feature clear instructions with step-by-step illustrations to guide you through the sewing process.

Inspired by historical originals, we created a asymmetrical button placket for you - look how beautiful and couture the collar closure looks
Version B is loose at the waist, so you can wear it very comfortably with or without a belt - make it fit you body shape and preferences!
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We can't wait to see your Lupin version! Don't forget to tag us on Instagram @stitchmaiden using the hashtag #Stitchmaiden so we, and the sewing community, can see your beautiful new garment!

Happy Stitching,
Lucy & Faye

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