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silver screen bolero

Added Sep 6, 2010

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






this vintage velvet is a fabric i’ve had and adored for a long time. when my grandmother died, my mum and i got all her sewing and craft things as we’re the only females on that side of the family. this rich royal blue velvet was one of the pieces she had. i have no idea how old it is, but it has to be at least a few decades old, because i’ve had it since 1997 and my grandma was not well for a lot of years before then. the velvet has an amazing feel, it has a long pile, rich colour, and is exquisitely soft. because it is such a fancy fabric, and because it was a few pieces rather than a whole, it took me a long time to have the confidence in my abilities, and then to find a suitable pattern.
the pattern is from the 1930s and very delicate – i had to retrace the pattern pieces in order to use it – and can be found here: http://vintagepatterns.wikia.com/wiki/Hollywood_1336 i made view 5. it was surprisingly easy to make, taking under a week. i had to hand sew the facings in which took a while to make it neat, but was not too difficult. handling the velvet was a bit hard because the fabric can slip, but wasn’t as scary as i thought it might be.
i also made a practice version first in calico which i like so much that i’m planning to dye it and have it in my wardrobe to wear. this velvet one will be reserved for special occasions, though.
the fabric isn’t quite as shiny as it looks in the photos, but velvet isn’t the easiest thing to photograph.

Material Notes

vintage velvet




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Mar 19, 2011, 02.01 PMby harrietbazley

    You should insert some of these photos on the wiki!

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    Sep 21, 2010, 02.33 PMby BlancheOfArts

    Can you post the pattern so we can download it? Or maybe mail it? :)

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      Sep 22, 2010, 03.16 AMby pambox

      i’ll see what i can do. i’m very busy at the moment, so it might be a while though.

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    Sep 7, 2010, 05.57 AMby olystyrene

    PS. Did you download the pattern from somewhere on the website, or did you draft this yourself based on the pictures? I’d love to try and make this one but my drafting skills ain’t that well honed…

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      Sep 9, 2010, 01.12 AMby pambox

      i bought the pattern online, it is an original late 1930s pattern (i had to retrace the pattern pieces because they were too delicate). the pattern number is hollywood 1336, but i’m not sure if there are any other copies to be found.

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    Sep 7, 2010, 05.45 AMby olystyrene

    This is gorgeous!!! You have done a fabulous job! I can really see this number with a black evening dress…

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    Sep 6, 2010, 07.45 PMby katensew

    I like this and would like to make something similar — however the link doesn’t appear to work ?? I found it eventually — is it downloadable ? Do I have to create and account ???

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      Sep 7, 2010, 12.18 AMby pambox

      i’d accidentally put in and extra backslash – i’ve fixed it now so it works.

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    Sep 6, 2010, 12.35 PMby josephina

    This is so lovely. What a wonderful way for you to connect with your grandmother!

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