50s Reverse Bolero by Edith Head

By on October 4, 2014

Edith Head Bolero


I just finished this reverse bolero, from a 50s pattern by Oscar-winning costume designer Edith Head, in time to wear it to an event at the Motion Picture Academy’s “Hollywood Costume” exhibit.


Here’s the pattern I used:

Edith Head Pattern








I made it from raw silk, and lined it with rayon challis. The rolled neckline was very tricky to figure out:

Bolero Neckline







I used vintage Bakelite buttons to fasten the back.

Edith Head Bolero Back






You can find more construction details on my blog: JetSetSewing.com.

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