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      Dawn & Gill
        Sewing Instructions are in English

        1950s Rockabilly Dress

        This is the pink gingham dress by Jacques Esterel that Bridgette Bardot wore on her wedding day in the summer of 1959. There are three versions of necklines, with buttons to the front and 3/4 sleeves, cinched in waists and gathered knee length skirts. Known mostly for the Dorothy-association and its place at a picnic, the checked print has received a sexy-cool upgrade for todays modern woman and is widely copied and helped gingham to become fashionable once again.

        To see @missariettita for a very informative video tutorial on how to make this dress please click here

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

        Size Guide

        Size: 11 (Vintage size)
        Bust: 31 ½” (80cm)
        Waist: 24 ½” (63 cm)
        Hip (about 7” below natural waistline): 33 ½” (85cm)

        Back length – neck base to waist: 15 ¼” (38.8cm)
        Finished back length of dress: 43” (109.3cm)

        Sewing Notions

        Thread, seam binding, buttons, buckle, and 1” belt backing or grosgrain ribbon or novelty belt.

        Fabric Amount Guide

        YARDAGE REQUIRED
        Extra fabric is required for matching plaids, stripes or one-way design fabrics.
        VIEW - DRESS (plaids, stripes or other fabrics)
        35"-36" fabric without nap, 5 ¼ yds.
        44"-45" fabric without nap, 4 yds.
        25" 37" Interfacing for fabrics, other than shears – 5/8 yd. All Sizes.
        2 ½” or 3 ½” Eyelet embroidered edging for ruffles – 4 yds. All Sizes.
        NOTE: If ruffles are desired of dress fabric an additional ¾ yd. more will be required in 35" - 36" fabric and 5/8 yd. more in 44"-45" fabric. All Sizes.
        VIEW 2-DRESS (plaids, stripes or other fabrics)
        35"-36" fabric without nap, 5 ¼ yds.
        38"-39" fabric without nap, 5 yds.
        44"-45" fabric without nap, 4 yds.
        CONTRAST COLLAR, CUFFS AND POCKET BANDS
        35"-38"-39" 44" fabric without nap, ¾ yd.
        25"-37" Interfacing for sheer fabrics – 5/8 yd. All Sizes.
        25"-37" Interfacing for other fabrics--1 yd. All Sizes.
        VIEW 3-DRESS (plaids, stripes or other fabrics)
        35" 36" fabric without nap, 5 ¼ yds.
        38"-39" fabric without nap, 5 yds.
        44"-45" fabric without nap, 4 yds.
        25"-37" Interfacing for fabrics other than sheers – 5/8 yd. All Sizes.
        CONTRAST BANDS FOR NECK, SLEEVES, POCKETS AND SKIRT
        35"-38" 39" fabric without nap, ¾ yd.
        44”-45" fabric without nap, 5/8 yd.
        2" Hem allowed for dress
        Width at lower edge of dress, 108" (274.4cm)

        Recommended Fabrics

        Cotton satin, novelty cottons, gingham, calico, dotted swiss, voile, cotton broadcloth, blends. Silk crepe, shantung, damask, surah, taffeta. Listed fabric for contrasts also. See our Fabric Partners

        Skill Level

        Beginner

        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 resealable envelope. If you choose to purchase the Original pattern, you will have bought a piece of history!