Added Sep 15, 2012
Lodon, United Ki...
I overheard a bride to be saying that the bolero she wanted to order would not come in time for her wedding in 7 days. I mentioned that I had made one a few years back. Bride went out and bought £40 a yard fabric on Tuesday and I made a calico, to check for size.
She approved and so I went ahead with the project.
I used an old Vogue pattern (V2237 that I already had in my stash) tracing each piece twice. There are 4 pieces to the pattern. I pinned the pieces placing the hems onto the scalloped edges. I already planned with Bride which part of the scallop would be the actual hemline.
I pinned the back and side back pieces together and cut them as one piece. this made 6 seperate pieces, 1 back+side, 1 front and 1 sleeve, 3 pieces but I traced and cut them individually instead of using double fabric so 6 pieces. That’s the best explaination I can give, sorry if it’s a bit confused!
I maneuvered the front pieces so that the front edge was placed on the scallop. This meant that the shape of the front was not quite the shape of the pattern piece but not so as you’d notice.
I used 1.5cm seams and stitched a scant 2mm away from the first stitching and then trimmed approximately 1.2 cm excess seam. I did not line the bolero.
Sewing was straighforward but I had to remove some of the pearls and sequins around the seams ‘cause I dont have a foot that can cope with such things ’tho I know one exists. I did this by simply snipping a few threads on a couple of sequins and the threads through the pearly beads and the individual flower patern came away.
I finnished by Thursday evening. Bride collected on Friday, as pleased as punch.
I saw photo’s of Bride in bolero and she was beautiful.
And tips from old sewing books!
Scallop edge lace with small pearl type beads and pastel irridescent seqiun flowers. I did’nt measure the fabric width. Bride bought the fabric from Silkhance fabrics in Tooting, London SW17. It was £40 yard but they stock a wide variety of fabrics and lace, habberdashery and notions.
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