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  • Model wearing 1950s one-piece afternoon dress made from Simplicity 8135 pattern
  • Model wearing 1950s one-piece afternoon dress made from Simplicity 8135 pattern
  • Model wearing 1950s one-piece afternoon dress made from Simplicity 8135 pattern
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Dawn & Gill

    1950s Opulant 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 and the Original 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.
    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

    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.