D-A-H 1950’s Day or Cocktail Dress #7081

7081 dress
$9.50 black
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This is a digital draft-at-home pattern for a stunning French day or cocktail dress from the 1950's. The dress is fitted closely to the figure in the "wiggle" fashion until it reaches the hips. At the hips the bodice forms lovely a lovely petal shape that fits into a full circle skirt shape. The bodice also features kimono sleeves with an underarm gusset for ease of movement while dancing!
This dress could be sewn for day wear in lovely cotton prints, or in a beautiful silk or satin for a more formal look.

Fabric: this pattern requires approximately 1.5 meters solid fabric (about 1 3/4 yards) and about 2.5 meters print (2 3/4 yards) as illustrated.

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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" chest to as large as a 60" chest 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 - advanced seamstress will most likely have little trouble.

For a complete tutorial on drafting your pattern including photos, check out this blog post. It really takes something a bit intimidating and makes it quite easy!


For frequently asked questions about this type of pattern, click here.

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