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Martini is a cocktail dress with a twist. In today's crop-top shape with an above-the-waist skirt, the silhouette helps create the illusion of a narrow waistline. It comes either as separates, so you can show as much or as little skin as you like, or as a lined dress that looks like separates but without the risk of showing any midriff. The top has a slightly sporty look with the armholes cut with a hint of racer.

View A is a fully-lined cocktail dress. Features include an invisible zip and zip guard, a lined vent and optional boning at the waist.

View B is a high-waisted skirt and cropped blouse that can be made in matching or contrasting fabrics. Features include a separating zip in the top and an invisible zip in the skirt, a lined vent in the skirt, and boning at the waist to create a smooth line.

The instructions for this pattern include full descriptions of advanced techniques such as boning, french seams and inserting the zip guard, making it ideal for sewing intermediates looking for a challenge.

Suitable fabrics for the top and dress are heavier woven fabrics that don't drape, including brocade, thick jacquard, raw silk, home dec fabrics and similar. For the skirt, any medium to heavy weight woven skirt fabrics without stretch are fine. For the lining, use general lining fabrics.

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The size chart is here.


Fabric and Notions Required

Using 115cm (45")-wide fabric? You'll need 2.0m (2 1/4 yd), for any size.

Using 150cm (60")-wide fabric? You'll need 1.3m (1 1/2 yd), for any size.

You'll also need the same amount of lining.

Note that more fabric may be required for directional prints and matching stripes/plaids.

For View A, you'll also need one 60cm (24") invisible zip. 1m of 2.5-3cm wide grosgrain ribbon. Two strips of interfacing each measuring 1.5 x 67cm (5/8 x 26 3/8"). Optional: 6 pieces of fabric covered sew-in boning, each 9cm long. Matching thread.

For View B, you'll also need one 45cm (18") separating zip and one 20cm (8") invisible zip. Two scraps of interfacing, each measuring 1.5 x 22cm (5/8 x 8 3/4"), plus two strips each measuring 1.5 x 47cm (5/8 x 18 1/2"). 6 pieces of fabric covered sew-in boning, each 9cm long. Matching thread.

Fabric and notions required for the View B skirt only or top only are included with the instructions.


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This pattern is copyrighted and is not available for commercial use.