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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”.

    Recommended Fabrics

    Crepe, Shantung, Taffeta, Faille Sheer or Lightweight Wools, Linen, Pique, Cotton Broadcloth. 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 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.