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      Dawn & Gill
        Sewing Instructions are in English

        Decadence Swing Dress Pattern

        A 50s empire line dress of pure decadence, which is a must have to any wardrobe. Both views have softly pleated full skirts and fitted empire styled bodices ending just below the bust, giving a high waited appearance. V. 1 has short set-in sleeves, mandarin collar, 3 diagonally placed buttons trimming front. V. 2 is sleeveless and has contrasting bias trim and bow at upper edge of midriff. A contrasting bias belt has a bow and fastens with a hook and eye. A definite choice to Rock around the clock in.

        Offered as: Paper Pattern

        Size Guide

        Size: 12 (Vintage size)
        Bust: 32” (81.3cm)
        Waist: 25” (63.5cm)
        Hip: 34” (86.4cm)

        Back length – neck base to waist: 16” (40.7cm)
        Finished back length of dress: 45”(114.3cm)

        Sewing Notions

        View 1 and 2: 2 spools of thread, bias seam binding (optional). View 1: 6” neck type zipper for back neck opening, 14” dress type zipper for side opening, belt, buckle (optional), tailored shoulder pads (optional). View 2: 16” neck type zipper for left side opening, 5” neck type zipper for back neck opening.

        Fabric Amount Guide

        This garment is not suitable for plaids
        Size: 12 (Vintage size)
        View 1
        35” or 36” fabric without nap, 5 7/8 yds.
        41” or 42” fabric without nap, 4 ½ yds.
        44” or 45” fabric with nap, 4 ¼ yds.
        44” or 45” fabric without nap, 4 ¼ yds.
        View 2
        35” or 36” fabric without nap, 6 yds.
        41” or 42” fabric without nap, 4 ¾ yds.
        44” or 45” fabric without nap, 4 ¼ yds.
        50” fabric with or without nap, 3 7/8 yds.
        Width lower edge of dress, 130”
        View 1 Interfacing – 5/8 yd. of 35” or 36” fabric.
        View 2 Interfacing
        35” or 36” fabric, ¾ yd.

        Recommended Fabrics

        Both views: cottons, linen, rayons, silks, synthetics’ broadcloth, chambray, polished cottons, pique, brocade, crepe, faille, taffeta, moire, cotton-blends, shantung, satin. V.2 also in: peau de soie 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.