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Dawn & Gill

    1950s Variety Dress

    For variety…wear it with a contrasting Capelet with a Peter Pan collar, a whirl-wide sheer overskirt, or a wide cummerbund sash that ties in back. Lined to edge capelet, darted at the shoulders, collar and button closure. Fitted dress, darted bodice, waistline seam, square faced neckline, pleated skirt front with back zipper closure & back slit. Gathered waistline over-skirt, contrast hem band with back zipper and button closures. cummerbund sash with front tucks and gathered drape. Belt with purchased buckle.

    Offered here as: Paper Pattern and the Original pattern. This pattern is also available as a PDF Download.

    Size Guide

    Size: 14
    Bust: 34” (86.4cm)
    Waist: 26” (66.1cm)
    Hip: 36” (91.4cm)
    Finished back length from natural waistline of skirt – 2 ½” hem allowed, of overskirt,
    8” hem allowed: 30 ¼” (76.8cm)
    Finished length from back of neck to lower edge of cape – no hem allowed: 14” (35.6cm)

    Sewing Notions

    DRESS: About 2 yds. Seam Binding. Purchased Belt if desired. CAPE: 1 Button, 3/8 yd. 25” Interfacing. OVERSKIRT: 1 Button

    Fabric Amount Guide

    35” ALL FABRICS, 3 1/8 yds.
    44” FABRIC (Without Nap), 2 3/8 yds.
    35” FABRIC (With Nap), 1 7/8 yds.
    35” FABRIC (Without Nap), 1 7/8 yds.
    44” FABRIC (Without Nap), 1 ½ yds.
    35” FABRIC (Without Nap), 4 ½ yds.
    44” FABRIC (Without Nap), 4 3/8 yds.
    35” FABRIC (Without Nap), 1 5/8 yds.
    44” FABRIC (Without Nap), 1 3/8 yds.
    Note: This design is not suitable for fabric with a diagonal stripe or a decided diagonal weave.
    The above yardage does not allow for matching stripes or plaids. Lower Edge Measurement of Skirts: Size 16 – 48”; Overskirt, 136” (345.5cm)


    16 pieces pattern

    Recommended Fabrics

    DRESS & CAPE: Linens, Rayons, Sturdy Cotton, Velveteen, Corduroy, OVERSKIRT & SASH: Cotton or Silk, Organdy, Sheers, Chiffons. See our Fabric Partners

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    What You Will Receive

    If you select a Paper Pattern, 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. If you choose to purchase the original pattern, you receive a piece of history which may include age related wear and tear.