|What a mess! And I think I have a 'Miss L Fire shoes' problem...|
That was me, the day before the Fifties Fair - even after ransacking my wardrobe twice.
I was looking for the perfect jacket, bolero or cardigan to match my 1940's rayon dress, and everything was either the wrong colour or the wrong cut.
I had Pauline 2217 sitting on my sewing table to make up shortly, and thought it might solve my bolero-emergency.
I love all the details on this bolero - the winged collar, the strong shoulders, the faux pockets. The pattern is from the later part of WW2, with the focus on the military-inspired shoulders. It's economy standard, i.e. no seam allowance, no facing pieces provided, instructions printed on the back of the packet.
Pauline sewing patterns are by far my favourite brand - I wish I could find more out about the company though.
The pattern only took 1.3 yards (1.2m) for the bolero, and I had some spare navy gabardine laying around - perfect!
Ouch, this pattern was hard to put together.
The instructions consist of two sentences, basically: sew the pocket flaps on, sew the side seams together, attach the collar, set in the sleeves, face the edges.
Not a pattern for the faint-hearted!
My first step was to make a muslin, and put it together how I thought it should go.
It fit perfectly straight from the start, so there was no need to do any adjustment mods (that's rare for me).
I used purchased shoulder pads instead of making them as I was running out of time, made self-covered buttons and lined the bolero to give it some body.
If you do decide to add a lining to an unlined jacket don't forget to add your ease pleats to the centre back, or you may have trouble lifting your arms. You can see in the photo below at the lower centre, I've stitched down an ease pleat.
I also hand-stitched the pocket flaps to the body to make them sit nicely (otherwise they stuck out strangely).
And that's it!
The bolero complemented my outfit perfectly!
Will you see this bolero pattern again? Yes indeed!
I'm about half way through sewing a 1940's Wearable Wardrobe - complimentary 1940's pieces (jacket, dress, skirt, bolero and blouse) that work well together - so you'll be sure to see it again in a different incarnation.
Hope you have a fabulous week!