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Topic: Edwardian bolero. But NO fleurchons. **Now with basic pattern**  (Read 40910 times)
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« on: October 03, 2006 07:53:09 AM »

Salvaged this fabric from the sleeves of a reconned sweatshirt.  This doesn't keep any of the structure of the sweatshirt, so I'm putting it in the "original" section.

There wasn't much of a pattern to this.  Just basic front panels and a back panel, added some little sleeves, the collar, darted a little.  The scraps were small, so I adopted a frankenstein aesthetic, and took the "use all fabric" mantra from the recent Runway challenge.

I'm proud of this, because it's the first thing I've made with sleeves (woohoo!) to say nothing of gathery poofy ones.  So.  Voi-la:







Edit 2:  I have put together a picture of the pattern pieces here, with instructions.  Because of the size limits, the picture isn't totally clear, but hopefully you can see what's going on here, and read the instructions.  If you want a larger image file with the instructions, pm me and I will send it to you via email.  Or else try to save and zoom.  


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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2006 08:02:07 AM »

Really cute!
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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2006 08:07:34 AM »

That's great, I really like it!
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2006 08:11:26 AM »

i really love this. and i know you said that it's not really a pattern
i do'nt really follow you so when you ge the chance plz post a tut.
i've been look for the exact bolero(without colar) in the stores
but i could'nt find any ( on my budget).

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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2006 08:22:46 AM »

Very cute - so much better without fleurchons!  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2006 08:45:40 AM »

oh my!! I love it!!!!
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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2006 08:48:23 AM »

I'm not sure if I can do a very good job explaining....
But it's basically a pattern for a vest, but shortened and fitted (that is, with a deep diagonal in the side seems and darting in the back).

Mostly it was just trial and error.

The sweatshirt fleece is a very forgiving material to sew with.  It has enough stretch to be moldable, but doesn't pull or gather the way jersey does.  You can sort of just start pinning stuff together and it seems to come out all right.

If you want to try to make one of these, I'd say try to combine these patterns:

http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/voguepatterns/shop.cgi?s.item.F9838=x&TI='vest'&page=1

http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5181.htm?tab=tops_vests&page=1

http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/butterick/shop.cgi?s.item.B4801=x&TI=10004&page=1

I'm afraid that's about as much help as I can be.  Or if you have a couple of shirts in your closet that are a similar style or shape, use them as pattern and modify accordingly.

Thrift store sweatshirts are cheap, so you can practice a couple times without too much cost.

Good luck!  Post pics if you make one!
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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2006 09:23:58 AM »

Angela should take lessons from you. ;-)
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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2006 09:28:07 AM »

Very nice done! The sleeves looks good.
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« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2006 09:28:25 AM »

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