Folkwear Retro 1918-1920 Paris Promenade Dress & Handbag Sewing Pattern #261 Sizes XS-XL


Folkwear sewing pattern number 261
Paris Promenade Dress
Pattern includes sizes X-Small, Small, Medium, Large and X-Large
Pattern condition: Uncut, factory folded and complete with instructions.

~ Item for sale is a sewing pattern, not a finished garment ~

In the second decade of the 20th century, a revival of 1700s Directoire fashions produced loose, flowing gowns reminiscent of Classical Greek costumes. Simple voluminous gowns like this Paris Promenade Dress were shaped by wrapping them to the body with decorative cords and sashes. The accessories of choice were long strands of pearls and cords with tassels or beaded pendants.

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 in the back. A length of decorative cord can be used instead of the sash, to suggest the wrapped waist of ancient Grecian gowns.

The uncomplicated design creates perfect areas for creative embellishments - around the lower skirt, on the shaped overdress, or along the front and back of the bateau neckline. The different sections of the dress are also great for putting together interesting fabric combinations, such as coordinating prints and/or colors, striped fabrics running in different directions, and contrast effects such as matte and shiny or smooth and textured.

For the perfect period accessory, make the drawstring handbag included in the pattern. This charming tote features 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.

Add a favorite vintage touch with decorative tassels or beaded pendants at the elbows of the dress and the bottom of the handbag. Instructions for making your own tassels are included in the pattern.

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