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May 9, 2006

Adrian Pattern

Filed under: Vintage Sewing — thesewingdivas @ 9:11 am

by Diva Gigi 

I received my Adrian pattern envelope with instructions last night. There were actually three pattern pieces in the envelope – pieces C, D and G. The pieces for the bodice, skirt and sleeve are missing. Here you can see the shapes of the pattern pieces for this dress:

As you can see this dress would be quite easy to replicate. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the instructions. This design is much easier to put together than the illustration suggests. The skirt front is pleated first. Then the lower edges of piece G (front inset) are pressed under before the piece is topstitched onto the skirt front. Once the bodice and skirt have been joined, the midriff bands are simply topstitched onto the dress. It would be easy and fun to incorporate this idea into a modern dress design. Also, note the three elbow darts on the sleeve. The seam allowances are 1/2″ with a generous 2″ hem.



  1. Wow Gigi, that is a very cool pattern. I like the triple darts at the elbows. I wish I were better at pattern drafting. That might be fun for someone with drafting software.

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — May 9, 2006 @ 6:49 pm

  2. Was there a illustration of the garment? I just see the
    pattern pieces. As long as the remaining pattern pieces,
    are replaced, it does look like and easy garment.
    I am not familiar with Adrian patterns.

    Comment by June — June 18, 2008 @ 5:22 pm

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