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Dawn & Gill

    Women's Cocktail Dress Pattern

    ONE PIECE DRESS. Four piece circular skirt joins the sleeveless bodice at waist-line. Wide, low neck-line, front and back. Shaped collar cut in one with bodice front, joins the back section at the shoulders.

    Offered here as: Paper Pattern or the Original Pattern.

    Size Guide

    Size: 16 (Vintage size)
    Bust: 34" (86cm)
    Hips: 37” (94cm)

    Sewing Notions

    Matching thread

    Fabric Amount Guide

    35” Without Nap|, 4 ¾ yds.
    39” With Nap*, 4 5/8 yds.
    39” Without Nap|, 4 ½ yds.
    45” Without Nap|, 4 ¼ yds.
    48” Without Nap|, 3 ¾ yds.
    25” Hair Canvas, ¼ yd.
    ¾” belting for inside belt, 7/8 yd.
    12” Dress Placket Fastener
    Length of Dress at centre-back from natural neck-line, 45”
    Width at lower edge of Dress in size 16 is 126 ½” (about 3 ½ yds.)
    3” Hem allowed
    *With nap, pile or one-way design.
    | Without nap or pile or with a two-way design.
    Above requirements do not allow for shrinkage.
    Yardage does not allow for matching plaid or stripes.

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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 resealable envelope for easy storage. If you choose to purchase the original pattern, you receive a piece of history which will include age-related wear and tear.