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FOLKWEAR Paris Promenade Dress


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This simple but elegant dress, from the 1918-1920 period, is made from just three main pattern pieces. The full dress shape is defined at the waist by a self-fabric sash that passes underneath the bib-shaped overdress in front and ties at the back. A length of decorative cord can be used instead of the sash, to suggest the wrapped waist of ancient Grecian gowns. The accessories of choice were long strands of pearls and cords with tassels or beaded pendants.

The designs created areas perfect for creative embellishment around the lower skirt, on the shaped overdress, or along the front and back of the bateau neckline. The different sections of the dress could be good for putting together interesting fabric combinations, such as coordinating prints and/or colours, striped fabrics running in different directions, and contrast effects such as matte and shiny or smooth and texture.

For the perfect period accessory, make the drawstring handbag included in the pattern. It featured free-hanging tabs that complement the airy drape of the dress.  The tabs can be embellished to match the dress or made of contrasting material for  an interesting accent.

One could add a vintage touch with decorative tassels or beaded pendants at the elbows of the dress and the bottom of the handbag. Instructions for making own tassels are included.

This is a paper pattern and is sized (American sizing) from ETXRA SMALL to EXTRA LARGE.

This pattern adjusts to fit most sizes. There is a large amount of ease that is brought together with the sash or tie/cording.  Measurements for size medium are below.

Finished Measurements (Size Medium):
Centre back neckline to hemline (all sizes) – 49¾” (126 cm)
Bust (MD): 62″ (157 cm)
Waist (MD): 81″ (206 cm)
Hip (MD): 83″ (211 cm)

Light to medium-weight fabrics with drape, such as silk, silk velvet, rayon, featherweight cotton, or jersey. For a more defined look, choose fabrics with more body, such as crisp cotton, lightweight linen, and silk taffeta.

Weight 0.2 kg

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