Patterns For Mrs Maisel Bolero Jackets
We Love the Marvellous Mrs Maisel!
We absolutely adore “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” and the stunning bolero jackets and other costumes created by the talented and meticulous designer, Donna Zakowska. Her attention to detail and wonderful use of colour make Midge’s outfits jump off the screen as vividly as her witty personality.
During the 2020 lockdowns, I began cataloguing a vast collection of vintage patterns that kept growing. Among them are original French vintage sewing patterns from the 1930s to the 1970s, as well as fashion reviews, Paris catalogues, and weekly women’s revues.
For the first time in 50 years, these treasures were unpacked and carefully curated.
In this post, we’re excited to share a series of French vintage sewing patterns that mirror Midge’s iconic costumes, including skirts, tops, dresses, and coats. These patterns are available in a variety of modern and inclusive sizes.
Vintage Sewing Patterns Mrs Maisel Style
This pattern was by far the toughest to recreate, but we were up for the challenge!
The collar is slightly more rounded and the buttons are on the wrong side (perhaps an error in editing or printing), but these minor issues were no match for our enthusiasm.
The pattern was produced by the French company, “La Mode Artistique,” in 1958. Originally designed for a 36″ (92cm) bust, the instructions were very limited, therefore we enlisted a pattern tester to try it out.
We’ve added detailed notes and diagrams to the original pattern information, and it has been graded larger to fit more inclusive modern sizing.
After a few weeks of searching through a collection of French ladies’ fashion and sewing magazines from 1959, we finally found an original Vintage sewing pattern that matches this Mrs Maisel bolero jacket.
Back in the 1950s, fashion magazines sold patterns by mail order, which included full written instructions. It’s worth noting that since the instructions were written in 1959, they may have some charming quirks!
Nevertheless, to make this vintage pattern accessible to more people, we’ve digitized, cleaned, and graded it to include a modern and inclusive sizing range.
Furthermore, while the original vintage size is the French T44 with a 38″ (98cm) bust, we’ve graded all other sizes to ensure that everyone can enjoy this beautiful jacket pattern.
One of the charming features of this pattern is the cute curved hem and princess seams, which we’ve kept true to its original design.
So what are you waiting for? We can’t wait for you to try it out and see the stunning results for yourself!”
Mrs Maisel Style Kimono Sleeved Bolero
A stunning shrug-style bolero with short kimono sleeves and decorative braided edging. This unlined bolero can be made using cotton or silk and was commonly paired with sun dresses during the 1950s.
We were able to find this original pattern from Patron Modèle. Although it’s undated, it is mid-catalogued to the late 1950s. The accompanying picture provides more detail on the pattern and its features.
We’re thrilled to offer this pattern to you so you can recreate this timeless look. Whether you’re attending a special event or just want to add a touch of vintage charm to your wardrobe, this bolero is sure to impress. So go ahead, give it a try and see the stunning results for yourself!
This is a detailed sketch of our previous pattern – a simple yet elegant bolero that’s perfect for layering over your summer dresses. This bolero features short kimono sleeves, and both the front edge and sleeve hems are edged in contrasting decorative bias fabric or braid.
We found this original pattern from Patron Modèle. Although it’s undated, it’s mid-catalogued to the late 1950s, making it a timeless addition to any vintage-inspired wardrobe.
So if you’re looking for a fun and easy sewing project, this bolero is a perfect choice.
This is a cute shape and perfect to wear over any summer strappy dress.
Because of its cute shape and short kimono sleeves, it is a fun and stylish addition to any wardrobe. The original pattern was found in a mail-order French ladies’ fashion and sewing magazine called Femmes d’aujourd’hui, dating back to 1959.
The magazine page includes a picture of the bolero, and the pattern itself comes with written instructions in both the original French and an English translation.
So whether you’re a seasoned sewer or just starting out, this bolero is a great project to try your hand at, and because of its simple design and charming details, it’s sure to become a beloved piece in your collection.”
A Versatile Vintage Sewing Pattern
This is a lovely pattern, which features a simple and versatile design that’s perfect for a variety of occasions.
Although it’s not an exact match, it’s the attention to detail in the fabric choice, contrasting cuffs, and accessories that make this pattern stand out.
We discovered it in a French ladies’ magazine called Femme d’aujourd’hui, which dates back to 1958.
One of the great things about this pattern is its flexibility. With its basic design, it’s easy to customize by reshaping the neckline or changing the button positions, allowing you to make it your own unique creation.
This makes it a fun and rewarding project for sewers of all skill levels. So why not try it out and see what you can create?”