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Added May 30, 2010

by giunta

Reggio Emilia, I...






ok, here you’ve got the pattern! i scanned the small image on the book " Patterns of fashion 2" by Janet Arnold, i resized to make it wearable for a scandinavian 38-40 ( in italy is 42). it was a really hard work with photoshop and posterazor, but in the end i got a real bolero from that little image! i admit, i made some changes in the one you see in the photos: smaller sleeves, larger shoulder holes and neckline, but i decided to upload the original 1863 pattern so you can use it for costumes too! anyway, it’s very very easy to make, you just have to sew together the pieces and then you can add bows, lining, buttons, braid..as you like!

Material Notes

quite heavy fabric




Garment Type
Bohemian, Evening Wear, Victorian
Coating, Denim, Leather/Fur, Taffeta

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    Dec 17, 2011, 11.21 PMby garriganbd

    Just finished putting this pattern together in the 9th hour before a party where I had planned to wear it and the arm and neck holes are tiny, like for a doll or maybe a monkey. Had to make some major adjustments. Was I supposed to enlarge the pattern? What did I do wrong?

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      Dec 19, 2011, 04.19 PMby giunta

      you didn’t do nothing wrong! only, the pattern was the original ‘800 one, and probably that period’s fashion had different measures…like i wrote in the description, i had to enlarge arm and neck holes too to make it wearable…

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    Jun 3, 2010, 02.00 AMby emeraldsuze

    Thanks from me aswell, Just made a mock up, I decided to cut the back piece in one rather than have 2 pieces. And now tomorrow i’ll re-do it in satin as it looks lovely with my daughters prom dress. :D

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    Jun 2, 2010, 05.09 PMby nehmah

    Thank you, so much, for taking the time to reconstruct a pattern from the 1800’s. Should I finish the backlog of grandchildren dolls, this will be a good change for me to try. It won’t fit as I am of operatic soprano size. But I do have smaller fiends. Cordially, Nehmah

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