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These cover-ups are ideal for sleeveless dresses or strappy blouses. The first bolero is lined, has long sleeves, cuffs, and a stand-up collar, but can be made unlined with short sleeves. Next is a fitted, lined bolero with an oversized yoke, cape-like shoulders, and a button closure. The last two tops are basic stoles. The first is lined, has two tucks on the right side, and has a large buttonhole to thread the left end through. The other is an unlined rectangular piece with a self-fabric flower. Our tester recommends extending this stole’s main pattern piece to its full length before laying it out on fabric. All seams match nicely, and directions are well-illustrated. For the boleros, choose lightweight brocade, velvet, lace, taffeta, and jersey fabrics. Make the stoles in crepe, novelty, tissue-weight, and sheer fabrics. The sample bolero is in metallic mattelassé from Mood Designer Fabrics.
(Sized 10-24 for busts 33-45.75 in.)
Sewing Tip: Understitch the bolero facing for a polished look.
-Tested by Sandy Hulshizer, Georgetown, Texas
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Sewing tip: Understitch the bolero facing for a polished look.