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Dawn & Gill

    50's Sunback Dress & Bolero

    A ribbon tie is worn under the long pointed revers of the sunback bodice. The flap pockets of the slim skirt terminate in back panels which form pleats at lower edge and are buttoned trimmed. The contrasting bolero is very brief and has short kimono sleeves. Version B: The tie is omitted and the bolero matches the dress. A self or purchased belt may be worn.

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

    Size Guide

    Bust: 36” (91.4cm)
    Waist: 30” (76.2cm)
    Hip: 39” (99.1cm)
    Finished Back Length from Base of Neck to Hem of
    Sunback Dress: 47 ½” (120.6cm)
    Finished Back Length from Base of Neck to Lower Edge of
    Bolero: 15” (38.1cm)

    Sewing Notions

    DRESS VERSION A AND B: - 3 spools of Thread; Belt – (Optional); Buckle – prong-type – (Optional); 9 Buttons; 12” Neck Type Slide Fastener for neck opening; Hooks and Eyes; Seam Binding. BOLERO VERSION A AND B: - 2 spools of Thread; Seam Binding – (Optional); Rounded Shoulder Pads – (Optional); 1 Button.

    Fabric Amount Guide

    Bust: 36” (91.4cm)
    VERSION A – Without Nap
    Sunback Dress and Bolero Facing
    35”, 4 ¼ yds.
    39”, 3 ¾ yds.
    44”, 3 ½ yds.
    35”-39”, 1 yd.
    44”, 7/8 yd.
    VERSION B – Without Nap
    Sunback Dress and Bolero
    35”, 5 1/8 yds.
    39”, 4 ½ yds.
    44”, 4 yds.
    VERSION A and B
    Interfacing for Dress and Bolero
    35”, 1 yd.
    Ribbon Belting
    1”, 7/8 yd.
    Sunback Dress LOWER EDGE, 72” (182.9cm)

    12 pieces pattern

    Recommended Fabrics

    Version A: Dress: Shantung, faille, cotton, denim, linen, rayon crepe. Bolero: Any contrasting fabric. Version B: Same as Version A except bolero is matching. 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.