Fabric, in search of a pattern

by LadyD on April 14, 2012 · 9 comments

in 1950s,Vintage Sewing

I have the most gorgeous fabric and I have a plan…all I need is a pattern.

Here is my fabric.

 

And here is my ideal design….
design for bodice and jacket

 

Looking for a vintage/retro inspired sweetheart neck bodice and a little matching bolero jacket.

Can anyone help me in locating a pattern? I can find dresses with that neck but no separate bodice. I’m going to make a circle skirt in complimentary colour (blue or pink) to go with it…or some crop jeans.

My last attempt at drafting a pattern ended in disaster…so I really need a pattern to follow.

Hope you can help!

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Таня April 14, 2012 at 9:43 am

If you want, I suggest this pattern-
http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/6206/102597467.11/0_ee413_96e10ddf_XXL.jpg
I’m sewing this blouse now.

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sorbetsurprise April 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

This one is a sweetheart bodice – http://sewing.patternreview.com/patterns/8186

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karen April 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm
CuriousRaven April 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Another thing might be to just crop a dress pattern. If you’ve found a dress pattern that has the exact neckline you want it might be the easiest option for you.
Hope you find what you need! :)

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velosewer April 16, 2012 at 12:41 am

Now that’s a lovely retro idea.

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LadyD April 16, 2012 at 3:28 am

Thanks. :)

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LadyD April 16, 2012 at 3:27 am

Thanks for all the replies. I shall have to check out some dress patterns now. I wish I felt more confident about drafting my own pattern.
Would it be tricky to adjust a bodice with a straight front into a sweetheart?

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Molly May 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Just a case of redrawing the neckline on the pattern front to be one half of a sweetheart shape, so easy :) Now you have found your pattern, try overlaying the sweetheart neckline over the scoop neck vest piece and seeing how you could redraw that neckline.

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LadyD April 18, 2012 at 3:19 am

I’ve found a pattern…or near enough Simplicity 4990
http://www.simplicity.com/p-3533-missesmiss-petite-evening-wear.aspx
I’ll make the straps thick enough and use the sweetheart neck front.
The skirt pattern is quite handy too.

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