The Nora Bolero by 5oo4

A Cute little Bolero that goes with everything!

Nora Bolero 5 out of 4 Patterns

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I wanted to make The Nora Bolero by 5 out of 4 Patterns to extend the wear of my summer sleeveless dresses. The website describes it as:

...the perfect accessory no matter the weather. Use the short dolman sleeve option that is lined and reversible to maximize options in a capsule wardrobe OR make the unlined version with banded finish and multiple sleeve lengths. Either way Nora has you covered.

I decided to make the unlined, short sleeved version out of this left over beautifully soft stretch fabric from Loris Textiles. The colour is a fawn shade that goes with nearly everything in my wardrobe. I made a size L to accommodate the boobage and managed to cut it from less than a metre.

The instructions for The Nora Bolero are clear and this is a very simple make especially with the serger. I did make a mistake though! The band sizes for the bottom of the bolero are given in the instructions so you can cut them out of the fabric directly rather than using the pdf pattern but I missed that you had to cut on the fold and puzzled for a while why the band seemed to be so small compared to the length it had to attach to. I posted on the 5 out of 4 Facebook group and they very helpfully pointed out what I had done wrong. I find these Facebook groups very useful indeed if you have a query that you want answering quickly.

Nora Bolero

Nora Bolero

I used the lightening stretch stitch to top stitch the band. This gave a very neat finish that enclosed the serged edge on the inside nicely. It took a lot of steaming to get the band to lie flat though.

Final Thoughts: This is a great little garment that doesn't use much fabric. It would make an ideal gift for someone.


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