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Dawn & Gill

    50s Wiggle Dress Pattern

    SOFTLY-BLOUSED ONE-PIECE SHEATH DRESS:
    Make it with sleeves or sleeveless for a variety of occasions! New open neckline edged with rolled collar. Slender skirt has shallow pleats at waist front…center back walking pleat. Self contour or novelty belt; side zipper. (V1)  Softly pleated sleeve…band has button closing. (V2) Sleeveless 5/8” Allowed For Seams  - 13 Pieces

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

    Size Guide

    Bust: 34” (86.4cm)
    Waist: 26” (66cm)
    Hips (about 7”(18cm) below natural waistline): 36” (91.5cm)

    Back waist length (neck to waistline): 16 1/4” (41.3cm)
    Back length (neck to lower edge), 16.5” (41.9cm)


    Bust: 36” (91cm)
    Waist: 28” (71cm)
    Hips (about 7”(18cm) below natural waistline): 38” (97cm)

    Back waist length (neck to waistline): 16 ½” (42cm)
    Back length (neck to lower edge), 47” (120cm)

    Sewing Notions

    Matching thread, Bias seam binding, Buttons, 12” Dress placket zipper, Buckle or Contour novelty belt, Optional.

    Fabric Amount Guide

    Bust 34"
    VIEW 1 – DRESS WITH SHORT SLEEVE
    35” Fabric (without nap), 3 3/4 yds.
    44” Fabric (without nap), 2 7/8 yds.
    54” Fabric (without nap), 2 ½ yds.

    VIEW 2 – SLEEVELESS DRESS
    35” Fabric (without nap), 3 1/2 yds.
    44” Fabric (without nap), 2 7/8 yds.
    25” or 37” Interfacing – View 1, 1 yd.
    25” or 37” Interfacing – View 2, 3/4 yd.
    2 ½” Hem allowed
    Width at lower edge, about, 1 3/8 yds.

    Bust 36"
    VIEW 1 – DRESS WITH SHORT SLEEVE
    35” Fabric (without nap), 4 yds.
    44” Fabric (without nap), 3 1/8 yds.
    54” Fabric (without nap), 2 ½ yds.

    VIEW 2 – SLEEVELESS DRESS
    35” Fabric (without nap), 3 5/8 yds.
    44” Fabric (without nap), 2 7/8 yds.
    25” or 37” Interfacing – View 1, 1 yd.
    25” or 37” Interfacing – View 2, 7/8 yd.
    2 ½” Hem allowed
    Width at lower edge, about, 1 ½ yds.

    Recommended Fabrics

    Cotton, Novelty Cotton, Linen. Silk or Synthetic: Shantung, Crepe, Faille, Surah, Novelty Weaves. Lightweight Wools or Synthetic: Crepe, Jersey, Novelty Weaves. See our Fabric Partners

    Skill Level

    Beginner / Intermediate

    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.