PDF The Síle, Complete Pattern, Draft Your Own, Plus Size, All Size, Custom, DIY, Print at Home, Digital Pattern, Sewing Pattern

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The Síle is a gorgeous pattern, named after my maternal grandmother and inspired by the fashions of the late 1930s/ early 1940s. With puffed sleeves, horizontal pleat tucks along the bust and a six gore skirt.

The pattern comes in two parts; the "Drafting Basics" section and the alteration section, which will teach you how to alter your basic block pattern to create the pleat tucks, puffed sleeves and gored skirt.

Each pattern contains:
- Instructions on taking your measurements
- How to translate those measurements for pattern drafting
- How to draft the bodice block, front and back
- How to draft the skirt block, front and back
- How to draft three lengths of sleeves, short, three-quarter length and long sleeves
- How to alter the basic block pattern to create the Síle
- How to cut and sew it all together!

Recommended fabrics:
Medium weight fabrics such as silk or wool crepe, cotton lawn or quilting cotton. As well as that, you'll need a zipper that's 3" longer than your back bodice length, (all explained in the pattern), and interfacing for the neckline.

As all 1940s feminist patterns are "draft your own", it is impossible to tell you exactly how much fabric you'll require. For this reason, I recommend first making a mock-up in cheap fabric to check fit, and give you a good idea of how much fabric you'll need.
If you're short on time and don't want to make a mock up, I recommend buying a minimum of 3.5m of 60" fabric. You will most likely have some fabric leftover, but if you make a mistake it means it's not the end of the world!

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