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This modernized vintage pattern is a fabulous classic style. It consists of a versatile, slimfitting, sleeveless sheath with a self-fabric belt, and a little fitted jacket with pleasant proportions. The lined jacket has chest welt pockets and two-piece, glove-length sleeves. The dress has a comfortable and flattering yoke neckline with a buttoned tab to the left of center front. Under the jacket, the simple lines of the dress are nonbinding for all-day comfort. This ensemble will take you from the office to cocktails and dinner with just a change of accessories. Our tester found that every seam matches perfectly. Almost any woven or knit fabric could work for this pattern, except for very stretchy knits. The sample suit at left features the sheath in a wool petite herringbone, and the jacket in a wool double-faced basketweave suiting. Our tester recommends this pattern for the intermediate sewer, but she can envision a beginner tackling it.
(Sized 10-24 for busts 33-45.75 in. and hips 35.5-48 in.)
Sewing Tip: There are left and right pattern pieces, so be sure to mark all match points carefully.
-Tested by Margrete Olsen, West Hartford, Connecticut
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Sewing tip: There are left and right pattern pieces, so be sure to mark all match points carefully.