This is a digital draft-at-home pattern for a stunning French costume outfit from the 1950's. The mermaid costume is composed of a fitted gown with pleated side fins and a pleated "tail" at the hem. The pattern also includes the fins that can be stitched to gloves if you so desire. (We have included a free download copy of our glove pattern so that you have everything you might need!).
The gown doesn't necessarily have to be sewn as a costume either! Just leave off the fins and you have a stunning, fitted evening gown! Replace the bottom fins with a tulle ruffle and you have a completely different dress!
This is a pattern from a French pattern drafting system fairly similar to the Lutterloh golden rule patterns. You will be able to draft a pattern to your exact size from the miniature pattern template and specially designed rulers. To draft any of these special patterns to doll, children, and adult sizes is easy. Rulers are available to draft the pattern as small as a 5 1/2" bust to as large as a 60" bust and the pattern will be scaled perfectly every time. ALL RULERS ARE INCLUDED WITH THESE PATTERNS.
The pattern includes basic markings and notches that show you how they fit together, and indications such as dotted lines for cutting on the fold. I have included several pages of drafting instructions that I have translated from the original French personally. The illustrated instructions show you how to easily draw your pattern pieces from the miniature pattern template using your special ruler.
These patterns were marketed originally to both home seamstresses and professionals alike and assume that you have a basic understanding of clothing construction. The original patterns DO NOT include any sewing instructions. To sew these, you should have a basic understanding of how pattern pieces should fit together. The pattern pieces are illustrated in such a way that you can see how they are supposed to be sewn to each other.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: These patterns might be a bit difficult for the beginner but an intermediate level home seamstress will most likely have little trouble.
What you will need:
Paper (I use large tracing paper but butcher paper, muslin fabric, wrapping paper etc all work great!)
Fabric: this pattern requires approximately 3.5 meters (about 3 3/4 yards).