Bolero Vest & Gaucho Skirt 18" Doll Clothes

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Fashion in the 1970s was a menagerie of styles.  Particularly trendy was the Bolero Vest & Gaucho Skirt.  These two pieces actually began as Spanish men's clothing and were adapted for women at various times in earlier centuries.  Women's liberation in the 1970s found a niche for this outfit when women were required to wear dresses or skirts to formal functions but would rather wear pants.   

The Flossie Potter Bolero Vest & Gaucho Skirt  PDF sewing pattern shows you how to create your doll-sized version of this piece of history with its 15 pages of step-by-step instructions and full-color assembly photos, 4 pages of printable summary instructions (to save on printer ink), and full-size pattern pieces.   

You can even choose to use packaged bias tape for the trim, or follow the simple instructions to make your own!

Pair this outfit with the Woodstock Peasant Top shown in the photo.

Recommended Fabrics:  light-weight fabrics such as cotton or thin wool (not suitable for knits)

Supplies Needed:  
-MAIN FABRIC (vest, skirt) - 1/3 yd
-CONTRAST FABRIC (vest lining, waistband, contrast bias tape) – 1/2 yd
-CONTRAST FABRIC (vest lining, waistband) – 1/6 yd
-(Optional) Single-Fold Bias tape (if not making your own from contrast fabric)
-Soft hook-and-loop tape 


Skill Level:  Easy Plus 

What You Get: One 24 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.

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Linda D.
United States


Thus far I have only made the gaucho skirt. I wish I could post a picture. The gaucho skirt turned out beautify and really made my outfit. The pattern was a little difficult at first but then I realized that I was making it difficult -not the pattern. Be sure to mark your pattern pieces and don't try to overthink the instructions. Follow them exactly and you'll end up with the most amazing skirt. Stitch it, unfold it, and you'll be amazed. Its almost like magic. Love the tailored details and beautiful garment. I would highly recommend this pattern.

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Annlee G.
United States

Bolero Vest and Gaucho Skirt

I love this pattern very cute

Carmen R

Cute Outfit

Good instructions. The pictures help. I would suggest using a fabric a bit thicker than light weight cotton (for my first one). The next Bolero Vest I'll make will be quilted. Didn't take too long to complete.


Bolero Vest & Gaucho Skirt

This is a very cute outfit! The instructions and pictures are very clear and the outfit goes together pretty quickly.


Bolero Vest & Gaucho Skirt

Good instructions and photos makes the pleated skirt and vest quick and easy to sew.