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Dawn & Gill

    1950s Bombshell Sun Dress

    'We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle!' Some like it hot in our ever popular, retro Sun Dress with shelf bust and gathered skirt, emphasising those hourglass curves and a definitely a showstopper for any occasion, whether it's for day or night. The Marilyn Dress dress also looks amazing teamed with a bolero jacket and hat! This 'easy to sew' sewing pattern is available in multi-sizes which is ideal for the beginner sewer. The gathered bodice front attaches to your midriff which shapes up underarm and the bias-cut shoestring straps have tacked on bows. Now it's your turn to be a pinup bombshell star! The bodice is on the larger size so we would recommend a toile (mock-up first).

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

    If you would like to read an excellent blog on how The Wooly Whiskers made her dress fit perfectly, then please click here

    If you'd like to see how Scandinavian Abroad made hers then please click here

    Size Guide

    Bust: 33"- 41" (84cm-104cm), Waist: 26"-34" (66cm-86cm), Hips: 35"-43" (89cm-109cm):

    Size 8 - Bust: 33" (84cm), Waist: 26" (66cm) Hips 35" (89cm)
    Size 10 - Bust: 35" (89cm), Waist: 28" (71cm) Hips 37" (94cm)
    Size 12 - Bust: 37" (94cm), Waist: 30" (76cm) Hips 39" (99cm)
    Size 14 - Bust: 39" (99cm), Waist: 32" (81cm) Hips 41" (104cm)
    Size 16 - Bust: 41" (104cm), Waist: 34" (85cm) Hips 43" (109cm)
    Back length of dress 43 1/2 - 47"

    Sewing Notions

    Thread, seam binding, 14" neck type zipper.

    Fabric Amount Guide

    48" Wide Non-Directional Fabric - 3.25m
    54" Wide Non-Directional Fabric - 3m

    25" or Wider Non-Directional Fabric - 0.35m
    Extra fabric is required for matching plaids and one-way design fabrics.

    Recommended Fabrics

    Cotton crepe, polished cotton, challis, cotton broadcloth, gingham, chambray, linen, silk crepe, pongee, washable silks, shantung.
    Lining: Cottons, silk, crepe, tafetta

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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 will include age related wear and tear!

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