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  • Model wearing 1950s one-piece afternoon dress made from Simplicity 8135 pattern
  • Line drawings of dress
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      Dawn & Gill
        Sewing Instructions are in English

        1950s Opulent Drama Dress

        The versatility of this dress is shown in Versions A and B. The rich fullness over the bust cut in one with the sleeves is gathered into the tight fitting diaphragm. The square decollete as in Version B for dinner wear can easily be changed for street and afternoon wear by means of the attractive gilet shown in Version A.

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

        Size Guide

        Bust: 30” (76.2cm)
        Waist: 25” (63.5cm)
        Hip: 33” (83.8cm)
        Finished Back Length from Base of Neck to Hem of
        Dress: 47” (119.4cm)

        Sewing Notions

        VERSION A AND B: - Belt – (Optional); Buckle – prong-type – (Optional); 10” Slide Fastener OR Snap Fasteners and Hook and Eye for dress side opening; Hook and Eye; Seam Binding – (Optional). VERSION A: - 5 spools of Thread; 4 Small Buttons for gilet. VERSION B: - 4 spools of Thread.

        Fabric Amount Guide

        Vintage Size: 12
        Bust: 30” (76.2cm)
        VERSION A and B
        (Version A even plaid fabric)
        Dress Without Nap
        35”, 5 ½ yds.
        39” -41”, 5 1/8 yds.
        54”, 3 7/8 yds.
        VERSION A
        Gilet and Facing (of lightweight fabrics)
        35”-39”-44”, ½ yd.
        Gilet (of heavy fabrics)
        35”-39”, 3/8 yd.
        Gilet Lining (when heavy fabrics are used)
        35”-39”, ¼ yd.
        VERSION A and B
        Ribbon Belting
        1”, ¾ yd.
        LOWER EDGE, 135” (342.9cm)

        12 pieces pattern

        Recommended Fabrics

        Dress- lightweight woolens (plain or fancy); silk or rayon crepes; cottons; tie silks, taffetas; lightweight failles; jacquards. Gilet – organdie; mousseline de soie; pique and linen. 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.