Vogue 7411: The Finished Bolero

Vogue 7411 is finished! This 1950’s bolero is made out of navy wool, lined with matching navy bemberg lining and finished off with simple navy vintage buttons. I used simple navy buttons from my collection, instead of looking for something unique. It felt like the right call, keeping the buttons subtle and tone-on-tone for this project.

Here’s the original pattern and fabric:

And here’s the finished bolero:Back view:

I have mixed feelings about this one. In my mind, this was going to be the bolero to solve all of my summer-dresses-in-winter needs. I suppose that was a lot to ask of one little bolero. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the pattern and the cover illustration! The fabric and colour are exactly right and it was easy to sew. But now that it’s all sewn up, somehow it’s not exactly how I imagined.

Here it is, worn over the Twin Spruce Dress. This was the original goal of the bolero, to be worn over this dress. Not crazy about it, but I’m sure what would make it better. Perhaps it’s time to learn to knit? I feel like a little fitted navy cardigan would be more suited to this dress. I’m not sure this will be the cover-up I reach for.

The sleeves are snug at the cuff, like they are meant to be. (It even says in the pattern instructions to make sure the sleeves are fitted tightly around the hemline!) When I move around, they ride up my arm and I need to tug them back down. It’s the equivalent of wearing a too-tight pencil skirt around my arm.

I enjoyed making it – those perforated patterns are so fun to work with! I like the holes, they make it easy to mark darts and circles. Just poke a pin through the hole! (Or make a tailor’s tack, whatever you prefer!) I loved the concept of a little fitted bolero and I liked how this pattern was unique.

I did a nice job on it – the lining is slipstitched in, the buttonhole is bound. And it does look like the cover, right? Also, the collar is a bit wimpy. I feel like it could have benefitted from some padstitching or tailoring for a nicer look.

It almost looks a little costumey or matchy-matchy. It’s too coordinated with the dress. Is that it? What about this look isn’t working? Too much midriff? Should the jacket be to the waist? Too much pouf in the sleeve? Is the dress too late-fifties and the bolero too early-fifties?

(On a completely separate note, I like these photos! I’ve taken down a painting that was on this wall, so it serves as a blank canvas. What do you think? Not bad for indoor photos!)

What do you think of this one? Do you ever have projects that fall short of your expectations, even though nothing is technically wrong with them?

One day left in 2010, as my first year of blogging comes to an end. I’m looking forward to writing a Year End post. Time to look back on the highlights of the year, the major duds, and of course, celebrate!

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72 Responses to Vogue 7411: The Finished Bolero

  1. Rachel December 30, 2010 at 6:08 am #

    It looks cute (an impeccably made as usual), but I agree with you that it’s not quite right… i think it needs to be a bit longer, matching the waistline of the dress i think

  2. karen December 30, 2010 at 6:20 am #

    I agree that you’ve done a superb job on the make, and it looks just like the pattern cover – but I think in reality you need something deeper. It’s really clinging to the bottom of your bust, isn’t it, rather than sitting on your waist? Yes, we’ve all been here, sadly. But no learning experience is ever wasted! That’s what they tell us, anyway…

  3. G December 30, 2010 at 6:20 am #

    You got it. Too much midriff. The bolero hemline should have coincided with the waist seam of the dress. Or you should wear it open, which is not how it’s intended to be worn. I think you should learn to knit. A knit bolero (to be worn open) would complement the dress very nicely. I think this bolero would look best with high-waist garments or at least with fitted garments (tube jeans with fitted top) because the “puff” of the skirt and the “puff” around the shoulders is not a flattering silhouette.

  4. Mia December 30, 2010 at 6:21 am #

    I rather like it. It gives the illusion of an empire waist (and long legs!) without the pouf that’s often present in an empire waist dress because your actual dress is fitted. You did a beautiful job on the construction and it really does look like the pic on the pattern.

  5. LDerriso December 30, 2010 at 6:22 am #

    I agree. The jacket should be longer to work with that dress. Do you think it would look better with a more fitted dress or skirt?

  6. Katy Rose December 30, 2010 at 6:27 am #

    The concept is great too! But i think you need to have a set in sleeve. There is just too much excess fabric at the armscyce making it bulky and off looking. Of course that requires a comple redesign of the pattern which defeats the purpose of the original pattern. lol.

  7. HipDroppedStitches December 30, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    The bolero is absolutely beautifully made! I agree with the other commenters in that it is the different “waistlines” that makes it not quite right. Perhaps you have an empire waist dress in your wardrobe that it might better compliment?

  8. K-Line December 30, 2010 at 6:43 am #

    That bolero is really gorgeous – you’ve done a great job and I can see wearing it with a slim stripey long(ish) Tshirt and jeans – and many other ways. I actually think you can wear the bolero with this dress – I think it comes down to how you style your legs/feet. I think you need to chunky the whole thing up / give the bottom half a bit more ballast. Then the dress will be the pop of spring in a winter outfit and not competing with the bolero. I think it could be really edgy and great.

  9. Cassandra December 30, 2010 at 6:59 am #

    Hmmm I’ve been thinking about why this outfit doesnt work (when, you’re right, I immediately think of a casual snug knitted shrug or cardigan). I think it’s the puffy sleeves.

    I mean, that dress style is very triangular and so slim on the top half and all puffy down to the knee. I think the outfit needs a slim, skin tight jacket or knit to go over it.

    Or a long jacket that’s also full only at the bottom?

    I also think a knit would be more of a contrast in texture against a cotton.

    I still like this very much! I’d wear a short jacket like that to work with a pencil skirt (eve better, a high waisted pencil skirt) and a tight fitted white shirt – no sleeves of course!

    Two great items perhaps just not together ;)

  10. Taint-Isis December 30, 2010 at 7:00 am #

    I think the bolero is adorable, but yes, maybe not totally right for the dress (although the dresses it’s pictured with have a similar waist to yours… Maybe it’s just our modern eyes that are off ;). Or it could be those crazy fifties wasp-waists. )

    Like G I want to see it over a narrow T and skinny jeans :) … I think it would be rocking. And kick ass boots. (maybe the slouchy motorcycle ones?)

  11. Karin December 30, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    It’s great! I think it looks good with your twin spruce dress, not too matchy-matchy for me! I think it would look good with lots of different outfits. Like the others have suggested.

  12. Amanda December 30, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    Yes, maybe you could try it with a high-waisted item. I think if the bolero hit the waistline of the main garment it would work better. Your bolero is really cute and it’d be a shame to hide away!

  13. Funnygrrl December 30, 2010 at 7:17 am #

    1) It is beautifully made.
    2) Your waist looks teeny-tiny!

    I agree it is a little short. On the other hand the back looks great. I’m as conflicted as everyone else. It’s so lovely just not right…

  14. Misty December 30, 2010 at 7:35 am #

    I agree with so many others that it just looks too short for that dress. Don’t worry, a knitted bolero doesn’t take as long as a sweater and there are some very simple patterns out there. :) (Here’s me trying to get you to take up my hobby as I’m learning to take up yours!) I think the bolero is beautiful and will go well with slim-fitting bottoms rather than a full skirt. I’m sure you’ll find the right clothes to wear with it, they’re probably in your closet already. This has happened to me with knitted garments before, too. I think it’s happened to all of us.

  15. Corinne December 30, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    First, beautiful style, construction, and plan. That said, I have always had problems extending the life of something with summer style. Not a sweater or jacket would work. I decided to keep some items absolutely summer. That made them special too, the first Spring wearing was something to look forward to. Recently Vogue has shown bolero’s as a tone-on-tone item with sheath style dresses. (more late 50’s early 60’s influence) Your interpretation does not in any way appear matchy.-matchy. I do think that it will work nicely with other pieces, it is beautiful. Let us know what you decide to do with it.

  16. Meghan December 30, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    I completely agree with the comments that the different waistline is the issue at hand here. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I’m rather short and frequently have trouble matching cardigans to dresses because they all hang too far too low. The other issue may be that the bolero is a bit dressy, whereas the dress – while positively gorgeous – is just a wee bit more casual.

    As for knitting, my Ravelry queue is filled with cardigans right now, so if you need suggestions I’d be happy to pass a few along! (The only caveat there being that the average cardigan does take a bit of time and know-how to knit up… so if you’re looking for a quick solution that might not be it.)

  17. alice December 30, 2010 at 8:02 am #

    i agree with everyone and you on the too much midriff. i think your bolero is so beautiful, and i see it over a sheath dress (light grey tropical wool?) with sexy boots

  18. Heather December 30, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    Yes, a jacket that was fitted and came exactly to the waist seam would have been better for that dress. The bolero would look good with a navy pinstripe pencil dress though…

  19. alice December 30, 2010 at 8:08 am #

    maybe it’ll look good with this dress that you’ve made? http://sewaholic.net/groovy-sixties-shift-dress-mccalls-7743/

    i think the difference maker is the gathered waist on the twin spruce

  20. Erica December 30, 2010 at 8:28 am #

    It’s so beautiful!! You did a fantastic job. I think part of the problem along with what the others are saying with it being too short also has something to do with the value of the navy against the value of the red dress. It’s too much of a contrast so visually it cuts you off. If you wore it with a dress that was darker, like a charcoal grey, or perhaps a royal blue it would be more monochromatic and I think you would like it better. Doesn’t solve your Spruce dress problem – maybe make a red bolero? It’s gorgeous-o nonetheless.

  21. sisters4saymoreismore December 30, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    totally get it! its a weird feeling though to look at something you made that is virtually identical to the picture you loved and yet off somehow…

    i personally love it and you did an amazing job… but maybe remix it with another dress or outfit?
    you are so talented!


  22. Mav December 30, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    You are an amazing sewer! Anyway, I agree with the rest that it might look better if it matched the waist of the dress.

  23. Ana December 30, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    The first thing that comes to mind when I see that dress is fun, girly and casual. The bolero is on the other side of the scale. It looks a bit too “heavy” for a twirly dress in such a fun, bright print.

  24. Jennifer December 30, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    It is really cute and beautifully made as usual. I do agree that it isn’t quite working with that dress though. I think if it went down to the waistline of the dress and if the sleeves were less poofy it would work better. I think it would look really cute with some jeans or trousers or a high-waisted pencil skirt.

  25. daiyami December 30, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    Agree it’s not quite working, but I don’t think it’s the waistline but the color here, myself. The bolero looks longer on the pattern, but that extra length seems to be above the bust, not below it. A jacket coming all the way down to the waistline seam on this dress would totally obscure your narrow waist—that’s why boleros are good for pear-shapes—lots of midriff is flattering. Speaking of pear-shapes, this combo totally inverts the color recommendations—they would recommend bright colors on top to balance out the full hips, instead of making the full hips the focal point by putting dark navy on top. With this dress, that would mean white, maybe yellow?, which is very not winter. Or perhaps a darker red could be both winter and call attention to the face/top.

    I’d also think you’d want full-length sleeves for winter, and like Ann says, this bolero is very tailored against a floaty frilly skirt. The pattern shows a full skirt—basically the same silhouette you have here, with just as much midriff—but one done with more formal pleats instead of gathers, and all solids.

    I don’t know if you have to go to knitting, though—I’ve got some patterns for casual shrugs (M3033 and S3921) that I hope to conquer and put into heavy rotation in my wardrobe, though haven’t started yet.

    Also—and I grew up in Sacramento and live in Oregon, so I wear summer clothes in winter all the time and have very little sense of seasonal dressing despite some east coast stints—this is a *floral* dress, which is sort of super-summer. I have some florals that I happily style for winter, but they tend to be more abstract or outlines of irregular flowers rather than this sort of regular specific flowered pattern. This particular sundress might not work for winter.

    However, all these opinions (including mine :-)) might just be irrelevant without having seen the rest of the winter styling—look at it with opaque tights and/or boots as you would wear it on a cold grey day that needs to be brightened up with a red dress, and then see what you think.

    Beautiful work!

  26. Sherry December 30, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    Isn’t it frustrating when this happens, you do a beautiful job and….it’s not quite right!

    I agree with other commenters re the waistlines, and think it would look better with this dress if it was slightly longer. I also agree with Ana, that it is quite tailored and formal looking for the pretty fun dress.

    I love it though – the proportions of the bolero are dramatic so I would emphasise that aspect. I think it would look amazing with some highwaisted wideleg trousers! Or a tea-length sheath. Or you could tone down the proportions by wearing it with matching navy garments.

    Looking forward to your end-of-year post!

  27. daiyami December 30, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    PS. I do think solving your summer-dress-in-winter needs with one piece is too much to ask. Currently I find that I plan a cute colorful outfit and then wind up wearing a neutral sweater over it throughout a party, so that the impression I leave is that I’m always wearing the same black sweater, or whatever. My current (untested) plan to remedy that is to do a bunch of simple shrugs, in bright colors, *not* neutrals, along the lines of the vintage Simplicity 3801 pattern you put in your original post.

  28. Faye Lewis December 30, 2010 at 10:17 am #


  29. Jill/laughbutnotloudly December 30, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    I love the bolero! I think you’re right that it doesn’t quite go with the dress. I think it will be lovely with a pencil skirt.

  30. The Cupcake Goddess December 30, 2010 at 10:39 am #

    I also agree with what’s been said. Gorgeously made, great fabric, excellent color, but it’s not quite right with this outfit. I’ve seen a few boleros from the 50’s on pattern covers and they were usually paired with a wiggle dress that didn’t have a waistline but instead had darts for the cinching in at the waist. I really love the beauty of it, but I think it just needs a different pairing.

  31. Sarah December 30, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    Tasia, that bolero is a triumph! As always, you amaze me with your incredible talent! I think it’s going to be a great wardrobe staple for you.

    I think it will look terrific with sheath or empire waist dresses.

  32. Mary Beth at ‚úÑ Yarn U ‚úÑ iPhone app December 30, 2010 at 10:48 am #

    Adorable…I love bolero jackets…they’re so under-rated but a great way to keep stylish and warm!

  33. Lois December 30, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    I’m in agreement with several other comments. So I’ll make suggestions. For this dress I think you need a bolero that doesn’t meet & button in the front. And it needs to be red or white. I actually think it’s not matchy enough. Or you could make a jacket that comes to the waist.

    I think the bolero would look great with a slim dress that has a fitted waist, but not a seamed waist, sort of like the body of M6201. And as others have said, a pencil skirt.

    My daughter is making M6123, but she is adding sleeves. Might look nice with it.

  34. katy December 30, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    You did a beautiful job, it’s such a nice piece. Personally, I think the problem is that it’s a bit costume-y – it’s very clearly 50s. Personally, to make it work I would play around with making it the showstopper part of the outfit… pairing it with a simple neutral dress perhaps? (Sort of like the old advice of picking either dramatic eyes or lips, but not both.) I’m sure you’ll find a way to wear it that makes you feel like a million dollars :)

  35. Lynne December 30, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    I think it’s not really the waist, but the sleeve that’s doing it. A longer sleeve would bring the darker color to your hips as well, so the colors aren’t in two big blocks.

  36. Darci December 30, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    @Rachel: agreed! But it’s STILL cute and I bet would go with MANY things in your wardrobe. Go ‘n play!

  37. Serendipity Handmade December 30, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    Amazingly cute! Love it!

  38. Nina December 30, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    I followed the link over from Sew Retro and I think the bolero looks fine. It fits like it’s supposed to and is well-made.

    That said, if you want to get rid of the pattern, I have serious pattern envy, so I’d be more than happy to take it off your hands, or borrow it and copy it!

  39. Rebekah December 30, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    Hi Tasia,

    I love your idea of a knitted bolero, even though I find your Vogue 7411 a complete success! I know that you are interested in learning how to knit so you can make your own, but I would gladly knit a bolero or cropped cardigan for you. I’ve been knitting since I was 15 (about six years ago), and I’m always knitting something for my family, myself, or doing custom orders. You can have total control over the pattern and yarn choices; just tell me what you are envisioning.

    My crafting blog is: http://www.artandneedlework.blogspot.com

    and my ravelry name is needlestohook

    Let me know if I can help you out at all!


  40. Tilly December 30, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    Hmm… it is really nice and you’ve done a great job, but as it looks a little jacket-y, maybe it needs to be longer? Or would it work better in a fabric closer (or exactly the same?) as the dress? Looks good though! I can imagine it’d look great over a black and white stripey dress or top.

  41. Uta December 30, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

    Your bolero is gorgeous, I need one right now! That said, I wouldn’t pair it with the dress either. One, I think the lines aren’t quite right together – the dark color emphasizes the cropped length of the bolero (empire), while the full skirt emphasizes the waistline of the dress (natural waist). This might work if both garments were made in a fabric of similar character, different solid-color poplin, e.g. But the character of a tailored, solid-dark colored topper and a very femimine dress in a light material and cheerful print is just too different, IMO.

  42. Susan - Knitters Delight December 30, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    I think you may be an absolute perfectionist, as the bolero looks impeccable to me. Sometimes our finished projects do not work with the outfit we have in mind, but it is still a great wardrobe staple for you to wear with other items. Well done!

  43. Angel December 30, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    I think the bolera is gorgeous and looks great with you. I don’t really care for it paired with that dress though. I think it would look much better paired with some trousers and a blouse. Especially some high waist trousers.

  44. Joy December 30, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    Oh so lovely! Agree that the pairing is off. Also what would you think about wearing your hair up? Need a little sass!

  45. Crystal December 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    I love the bolero – so many nice details, although I, too, see it with pants and a top. I am thinking a cardigan would work well with the dress. Either knitted or refashioned. Did you follow along with Grosgrain blog’s month of embellishing knits. Almost all the ideas are translated into cardigans.

  46. Louise December 30, 2010 at 2:33 pm #

    I think the bust darts are wrong. No toile? The darts should end a few centimetres short of the bust point. Increase the length of the bodice below the armhole by two centimetres. You could also lengthen the sleeves or widen the cuffs if you think the fit needs that.The collar looks longer in the diagram on the pattern packet.This garment would look fabulous with a mild colour frock. The red is fine enough however as long as you echo the blue and red combo, perhaps with a floral fabric flower. Such a strong colour close to your hair colour needs a lift.

  47. Rachel December 30, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    It is beautifully made and the waist button looks fantastic. I agree with others that it needs to be a tad longer. Then it would emphasise your tiny waist, rather than the line just under your bust. I think it needs to be at the waist to really compliment your full skirted dress — pull in your waistline and draw the eye there, and then have the nice big full skirt blossoming out underneath.

    I think Tilly is onto something – maybe wear it with a stripey shirt or dress, with some red earrings and shoes.

  48. Claire (aka Seemane) December 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    I think the bolero looks great and very well made, but for my own personal style preference I would wear/amke it 1″ – 1.5″ longer to show less midriff. Plus, I think if you try it on with a few other things you’ll grow to like it more – trousers maybe? :)

  49. Nan York December 30, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    You are your own worse critic. But I think most of us are like that! I think it came out lovely and you are so cute in it. Nan

  50. Elizabeth December 30, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    You did a superb job! You look cute as a button. You really turned that summer dress into a lovely winter outfit. Great job!

  51. Zeddie December 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    I think (like many of the commenters) that the length of the bolero is just too short to work with this dress, although it looks exactly like the pattern envelope. I agree that the contrast of the colours may be too strong, as well as the fact that the pattern envelope shows the bolero with a solid coloured dress and yours is a print so the jacket really stands out in contrast to the dress. I think the bolero would look good with jeans and with a more monochromatic outfit. BTW, I am so envious of your sewing skills (and your narrow waist)!

  52. Esz December 30, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

    I agree with the others that it’s just a bit too short. I think it would work well with a princess seamed pencil dress – something that is a bit sleeker so the bigger sleeves don’t fight for attention with a full skirt. And the princess seams would elongate your figure and remove the problem of the double waistline :-)

  53. Jessica December 30, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    Oh, Tasia – first off, I think it’s lovely! Your fabric and button choice were fantastic :-). I would so totally reach for this SO often if it was in my wardrobe! [Haha, I’d probably plan new garments around it!]

    The unfortunate thing I’ve discovered about navy is that it can make a garment formal and conservative and somber just due to the color [plus wool – not as irreverent as a swiss dot or a linen]. So I actually think the issue is matching the ‘look’ of the bolero to the garment underneath – the Twin Spruce dress is beautiful but since its summery and more playful, the styles don’t mix and look a little discordant.

    I also wonder if color value has anything to do with it. If you paired the bolero with deep, rich, vibrant colors, I think you might feel differently about it. Although it matches the blue in the Twin Spruce dress, overall the dress has a fair amount of white and a ‘lighter’ red [like imagine a deep, saturated red instead]. Like … I’m imaging it with grays … or a mustard yellow … or plum … or a deep red … or cream or white … or a rich brown …

    Just my two cents. I really like it though – and I totally think it will work with other garments that you have :-) [hm, like didn’t you make a 60’s shift dress in blues/purples?]

  54. vicki December 30, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

    I really, really like them together. It does look a little bit shorter than the pattern drawing but not enough (IMHO) for the proportions to be off. And I love matchy matchy :))

  55. Alana December 30, 2010 at 11:37 pm #

    Ooo… looks like it’s all been said already but just thought I’d pop in and say I saw this cute a href=”http://cgi.ebay.com/1953-Mccalls-9319-Short-Jacket-50s-Pattern-sz-20-38-/150540698203?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item230cecc25b” target=”_blank”>1950’s Short Jacket (the red one in the picture) on ebay today that is similar to your cute bolero but longer and nipped at the waist – it would look very sweet with the dress too!

  56. Alana December 30, 2010 at 11:38 pm #

    @Alana: Oops try this link – 1950’s Short Jacket

  57. Hat January 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    I think both elements are well-made and worth wearing but the bolero is the wrong color and proportions of the dress are wrong to wear with it. You have cut the dress off just above the knee, which is (I am sorry, but I have to say it, and you asked) a) not terribly flattering to anyone (and that includes the girl on Already Pretty who does this length all the time and then ironically has to do the “blogger’s knock-kneed pose” to try to reduce the appearance of sheer bulkiness it gives to any woman’s lower thighs), and b) wrong for this style of dress which could never be anything but retro.

  58. Erika January 3, 2011 at 12:27 am #

    A bit late, perhaps, when so many sharp-eyed sewists have had their say, but I’ll chime in with my small thoughts: First, it’s beautiful! Both in the make, the fabric and the pattern. Second, while it could be an inch or so longer I don’t think it should hit the waistline (that would make it a jacket, not a bolero after all). Also, maybe the under-bust darts are a little too long? They seem to end at your apex.
    It does look a little wrong with this dress, maybe it’s the effect of the dark colour against the patternd dress? Esp in photos I’ve found that a dark bolero worn with colourful clothes makes the bust appear smaller, thus altering the appearance of the body proportions.
    I’d try wearing it with a solid, darker colour, it’s a too beautiful garment to hide away in a closet =)

  59. senaSews January 3, 2011 at 4:32 am #

    The bolero looks so classy, sophisticated and well-done. Hope you won’t abandon it into you closet. It’s too beautiful not to be worn!

  60. estroJEN January 3, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    I love this and it looks great on you!! I have a bolero pattern and seeing this makes me want to make one tonight!! :D

  61. Tasia January 4, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    Thanks so, so much for all of the comments on this one. I appreciate all of the suggestions, feedback, and styling ideas! The bolero’s cute and deserves to be worn, so I’ll find a way to style it that works for me and my preferences. No I didn’t make a muslin for everyone who asked! That would have shown the bust-dart placement before cutting. I did pin-fit the tissue onto my dressform but very loosely, just to make sure it would meet around the middle. That’s why we muslin, I suppose!

  62. miss 1940 January 4, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    Love it !! it has a really nice shape to it .

  63. stefaniepollock January 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    you know what would make the bolero more versatile?? if you added some length to it – not much but just a little, keeping the original pattern but instead of making it a 1 button piece make it 3 buttons to close….its super cute and looks better on you than on your dressform, but i am thinking if it was just a touch longer, so that it just hits your waist that you would maybe get a bit more wear out of it? i think the bolero would also look PERFECT with a ruffly blouse underneath…so that you can see some of the ruffles coming down the blouse, and then paired with a cute skirt. hope this helps with the ideas!

  64. Christine January 5, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    Love the finished bolero! And the dress is great too!

  65. bee January 5, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    I think it is utterly lovely!

  66. Sandy January 5, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    I think the bolero is beautiful, I love the color and wool fabric, me thinks this might be the problem………a wool bolero with a cotton dress. Perhaps it would work better with a like fabric. Have you thought of taking one of the colors from the dress and making the bolero that solid color?

    Your workmanship is amazing and you’re so fast!!!

  67. Evis January 6, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    It’s adorable. I think I that I need to find that pattern.

  68. Eleanor (undeadgoat) January 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Well, *you* certainly look adorable in that outfit, but if I were to say the problems I see, I think one is a “formality gap”–it’s just not easy to find something to layer with a sundress out of season, because they’re a casual garment but in our hyper-casual society we tend to pair them with more formal items. Also, I think the difference in the waistlines is a little too much–either a cropped jacket or cardigan would work well with the dress, and the bolero would work well with a higher-waisted–and more formal–dress.

  69. amber January 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    I think the bolero is really cute, it’s just not a perfect match for the dress. My two cents? I think the dress would be cute with a simple wrap sweater like what you see ballerinas wear (mostly b/c I’m obsessed with the things) in either a cream or navy. I’d keep my eyes out for a really nice sweater knit or bamboo knit – would give you the coverage you need, but I think that style would work well with the dress, too. Pair with some tights and booties and well, I think it would be adorable. :)

  70. Elizabeth January 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Tasia, it’s hard to keep up with you girl! You’re a moving target. Where do you find all the time?!?! ;) I love the bolero.

  71. Kathleen March 3, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    The bolero turned out gorgeous, Tasia! I think it would look fabulous with a sheath.

  72. Luz Vidot April 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Hi. Its beautiful and I want to know where I can purchase this pattern. Im trying in the internet but cant find it.