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1950s Pattern Empire Style Swing Dress

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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

Sewing Skill Level: Intermediate    

Recommended Fabrics Linen, Rayon, Cotton. Not suitable for plaids. Please refer to pattern back image for more recommendations.

Fabric Amount Guideline: Fabric amounts vary between 3 7/8 yds (3.55 meters) and 6 yds (5.5 meters), depending on width of fabric and style. Please see the pattern back image for specific details.  Please see the pattern back image for specific details. Check out the extensive range of fabrics from our Recommended Fabric Partners.

Size Guide

Bust: 32” (81.3cm) Waist: 25” (63.5cm) Hips: 34” (86.4cm)

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.

Sizes

Please note that the size number (e.g. size 12) on the reproduced vintage pattern will most likely be completely different to today's sizing. The further back in time you go, the smaller the clothes get, and you may have to adjust up another size or two.

Women
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
Bust 76cm
/30″
81cm
/32″
86cm
/34″
91cm
/36″
96cm
/38″
101cm
/40″
106cm
/42″
111cm
/44″
116cm
/46″
Waist 59cm
/23″
64cm
/25″
69cm
/27″
74cm
/29″
79cm
/31″
84cm
/33″
89cm
/35″
94cm
/37″
99cm
/39″
Hips 84cm
/33″
89cm
/35″
94cm
/37”
99cm
/39″
104cm
/41″
109cm
/43″
114cm
/45″
119cm
/47″
124cm
/49″
Men
Sizes XS S M L XL
Chest (at fullest) 89.5cm / 35" 97cm / 38" 104.5cm / 51" 112cm / 44" 119.5cm / 47"
Waist 59cm / 23″ 64cm / 25″ 69cm / 27″ 74cm / 29″ 79cm / 31″
Hips 84cm / 33″ 89cm / 35″ 94cm / 37” 99cm / 39″ 104cm / 41″
Children
Sizes Age 2 Age 4 Age 6 Age 8 Age 10
Chest 53cm / 21″ 57cm / 22.5″ 61cm / 24″ 66cm / 26″ 72cm / 28.5″
Waist 52cm / 20.5″ 54cm / 21.25″ 58cm / 23″ 61cm / 24″ 63cm / 25″
Height 95cm / 38″ 104cm / 41″ 116cm / 45.5″ 128cm / 50.5″ 140cm / 55

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