The Bolero is a popular item for those of us in Alabama, as spring and fall temperatures (and in some years, mid-winter) can swing from 50 degrees to 80 degrees in the course of one day. It is an easy piece to toss into your bag on the way out the door and an effortless way to accessorize your look in any weather.
We shared the pattern for this garment in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design, with four variations of how it might be constructed: sleeveless, with cap sleeves, short sleeves, and long, fluted sleeves. It can be completed quickly, regardless of your chosen style, and requires only 1 yard of fabric or so. Imagine our surprise, and disappointment, when some readers reported that their Boleros weren’t coming together as expected, that the pattern was a little bit off. Errata déjà vu.
We wrote a few months ago about another mis-pattern in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design, and the tremendous challenge of writing a book (or more perhaps precisely, editing a book). The Bolero pattern is only a tad off and the fix is easy. Still, we apologize for any inconvenience and hope the updated pattern will inspire you to make your own Bolero (and that our mistakes in the future are non-existent).
For size Extra-Small, the back of the garment is ½” too long.
For size Small, the back of the garment is ½” too long.
For size Medium, the back of the garment is 3/8” too long.
The patterns for sizes Large and Extra-Large are correct.
Subtract the allotted amount from the established pattern when cutting out the garment pieces, and construct as directed in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. Keep it simple and create a basic Bolero, or embellish with your favorite embroidery stitch. And let us know how it turns out.