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Dawn & Gill

    The 50s Skirt Pattern

    This “Simple to Make” skirt is cut in two sections. View 1 is evening length and features a cummerbund. View 2, shown in quilted fabric, is street length. Vie w3: the lower edge of skirt is scalloped. Braid outlines the scallops when the skirt is made of felt. Net pleating trims the lower edge when the skirt is made of plain fabrics.

    Offered here as: Paper Pattern. This pattern is also available as a PDF download.

    Size Guide

    Waist Size: 26” (66.1cm)
    Hip: 35” (88.9cm)
    Finished Length of View 1: 42 ½” (107.9cm)
    Finished Length of View 2 and 3: 29 ½” (74.9cm

    Sewing Notions

    VIEW 1, 2 AND 3: - 2 spools of Thread; Bias Seam Binding (Optional); 7” Zipper for side opening. SKIRT VIEW 3: - BIAS Fold Tape (Optional).

    Fabric Amount Guide

    VIEW 1
    35” fabric, 4 5/8 yds.
    39” fabric, 4 1/8 yds.
    44” fabric, 3 5/8 yds.
    50” fabric, 3 ¼ yds.
    VIEW 2
    35” quilted or other fabrics, 2 3/8 yds.
    39” quilted or other fabrics, 2 ¼ yds.
    54” fabric, 2 ¼ yds.
    BIAS FACING FOR LOWER EDGE OF QUILTED SKIRT – ½ yd. of 35” plain fabric.
    VIEW 3
    35” fabric, 3 5/8 yds.
    39” fabric, 3 yds.
    72” felt, 1 1/8 yds.
    Width Around Lower Edge of View 1, 160”
    Width Around Lower Edge of View 2 and 3, 119”
    7” zipper for side opening.
    VIEW 3 – BRAID FOR FELT SKIRT – 5 yds. of ½” width.
    3 ½” wide, 3 3/8 yds.

    4 pieces pattern

    Recommended Fabrics

    View 1: Cotton, chintz, silk, rayon, taffeta, faille. View 2: cotton, rayon, silk, taffeta; cotton, denim, rayon, silk, wool. View 3: Cotton, pique, rayon, silk, taffeta, felt. See our Fabric Partners

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    What You Will Receive

    You will receive a true to scale reproduction sewing pattern printed on A0 premium paper, along with instructions and a full colour front cover. Your pattern will arrive in a clear re-sealable envelope for easy storage.