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      Dawn & Gill

        Vintage Bolero Dress Pattern

        TWO SKIRTS. Combined for flattery: an Empire bodice, bateau necked front - deep U back. (A) Below-elbow sleeved sheath. (B) Lace trim, short sleeves. (C) Full skirt, below-elbow sleeves, contrast collar. (D) Cap sleeves, rick-rack trim.

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

        Size Guide

        Size: 12 (Vintage size)
        Bust: 32” (81cm)
        Waist: 25” (64cm)
        Hip: 34” (86.4cm)
        Finished back length of skirt from natural waistline – 2” hem allowed: 30” (76.2cm)

        Sewing Notions

        VIEWS A, B & C: 1 1/8 yds. 1” Belting, Purchased Belt if desired. VIEWS A & B: About 2 7/8 yds. Seam Binding. VIEW B: 3 Buttons. VIEWS C&D: 5 1/8 yds. Seam Binding.

        Fabric Amount Guide

        VIEW A
        35” FABRIC (No Nap), 3 ½ yds.
        41” FABRIC (No Nap), 3 yds.
        54” FABRIC (No Nap), 2 1/8 yds.
        VIEW B
        35” FABRIC (No Nap), 3 1/8 yds.
        44” FABRIC (No Nap), 2 ½ yds.
        ½” LACE EDGING, 2 ¾ yds.
        VIEW C
        35” FABRIC (No Nap), 5 1/8 yds.
        44” FABRIC (No Nap), 4 1/8 yds.
        *Bodice Cut Crosswise
        35” FABRIC (No Nap), ½ yd.
        VIEW D
        35” FABRIC (No Nap), 5 3/8 yds.
        44” FABRIC (No Nap), 4 yds.
        Rick Rack, 2 ¾ yds.
        Note: This design is not suitable for fabrics with diagonal stripes or a decided diagonal weave. The above yardage does not allow for shrinkage or for matching stripes or plaids. Lower Edge Measurement of Dress: Size 14” – Views A & B, 46”; Views C & D, 130”.

        Some common imperial to metric fabric conversions:

        35" (89 cm) , 36" (91.5 cm), 39" (99.1 cm), 44"
        (111.8 cm), 45" (114.3 cm), 1 yd. (91.5 cm)

        1” (25.4 mm), 3/4” (19 mm), 3/8” (9.6 mm), 1/2” (12.7 mm), 1/4 “ (6.4 mm)

        Recommended Fabrics

        Crepe, Shantung, Taffeta, Faille Sheer or Lightweight Wools, Linen, Pique, Cotton Broadcloth. See our Fabric Partners

        Skill Level


        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.