bolero

I’ve posted variations of this dress before, along with the gory saga of fitting the pattern.

I actually finished this version of the dress for the Fourth of July, 2013, and wore it on a day trip to Camp Hearne, but I haven’t posted it because I didn’t have the matching bolero done.

The bolero needed a little tweaking, but nothing like the dress pattern did, which is fortunate because I might otherwise be posting this for the Fourth of July, 2027.

Pardon the squinting.  This is on the courthouse square in El Dorado, Arkansas, where the weather was incredibly lovely but sunny.

This photo is also proof that not all introverts are shy.

Almost everything was closed because of the holiday, but we went for breakfast at Jimmy B‘s (I highly recommend the Western omelet) and then wandered around for awhile, just because.  There was one antique shop open.  My brother got some old Ball jars to use as samples at work (he’s an archaeologist, except in Arkansas it’s spelled “archeologist”, because you can do that when you’re the most geographically beautiful state in the Union), and I got a Napco sitting Great Dane and a Frankoma “Good Luck” trivet, which has horseshoes on it, in case I someday achieve the cowboy-themed kitchen of my dreams.

In case anyone is wondering: The buttons are decorative only, but there are two hooks-and-loops on the inside edge of the jacket to keep it closed.  I will very definitely be using the jacket pattern again to go with my sundresses–this was awesome as a coverup for sun/air-conditioning/situation-appropriateness.  Also, because people always ask, the boots are Ariat Heritage r-toes.  I also have them in brown.  They’re super comfortable.

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Hi guys and gals!

I’ve finally finished making Gertie’s Shaheen-inspired sarong dress (Butterick B6019) and I hope you like it!

The pattern:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My version:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This pattern was HARD! If you want the full story, it’s on my blog here.

The fabric is an indigenous hand-printed cotton from the Babbarra Women’s Centre, available from Spotlight (Australia).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dress definitely needed a little bolero, and Butterick 6087 (from 1952) looked like a good match.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the dress nearly drove me mad, the bolero was very easy – which I greatly appreciated by the time I came to sew it!

If you’ve been thinking of sewing this pattern, definitely give it a go but don’t get down-hearted if it’s a bit of a struggle. Unpick, resew, keep going – you’ll have a killer dress in the end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’d worn the same Christmas dress for the last few years and decided that I just needed something new this year! I didn’t have any fabric that really screamed Christmas in my stash but I did have some red with black velvet polka dot fabric that was quite festive.

I opted for a circle skirt for a 50s look. I used a self drafted pattern. Then I decided that it needed just a bit more and I whipped up a bolero from the leftovers. I used Wearing History’s Chic Ahoy pattern for the bolero. Even though the pattern is 30s, it’s a super cute pattern and I had plenty of fabric from those awkward circle skirt leftover pieces to make it up with. The only change I made was to make it 2″ shorter for more of a cropped look.

I really like the fact that this outfit wasn’t overtly Christmas-y so I can wear it all year round! I love it so much that I can’t believe I waited so long to make up a red polka dot circle skirt! More photos over on my blog. Merry Christmas!

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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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