Hot! The “40s Meets 80s” Bolero

The Facts

Fabric: random sweatshirting that’s been hanging out in my stash for years. Origination unknown
Pattern: McCall 804
Year: 1940
Notions: none
Time to complete: about 1.5 hours
First worn: out for coffee with friends
Wear again? yep
Total cost: free!
Bump: 40 weeks (and two days – the bump is now officially ‘overdue’)



Hi everyone! It’s been over a month since I’ve done a Sew Weekly challenge. Crazy! What can I say though – growing a baby kinda saps your energy. (Plus, I’m in an odd limbo stage with sewing – too close to being non-pregnant to sew maternity clothes, but can’t fit much else at the moment. Hmmm.)

I’ve been off work on maternity leave for two weeks now though, and it seems my sewing mojo is (finally) coming back, so here you go – potentially my last Sew Weekly creation before the little baby arrives.

I love polka dots. They’re just so cute! For this week’s challenge, I went hunting through my stash and unearthed this black-and-white polka dot sweat shirting that’s been hanging around for years. I don’t know where this came from originally – potentially it used to be in my mother’s stash? There was roughly a metre left of it, in an odd shape due to whatever had been cut out of it previously. My guess is it hails from the 80’s – the decade of crazy printed sweat shirting fabric.

This is the second time this year I’ve used McCall 804. (The first time was for my 40’s Tartan bolero, which I’ve worn heaps while being pregnant.) There was just enough of this fabric to make up another McCall 804 bolero. I figure I’ll get a lot of wear out of it whether it’s with my maternity or my non-maternity wardrobe. One of these days I’ll get around to making up the other version of the pattern, with the collar…… (I never would have guessed that a bolero pattern from 1940 would become one of my TNT patterns!)

It’s nice to have my sewing mojo back. Hopefully you’ll see me back here again soon (possibly with a baby in the photo rather than a bump. ;-) )



Kat stumbled upon The Sew Weekly at the end of 2010. Inspired by Mena's creations and dedication to sewing each week, Kat stitched along with all the weekly themes for 2011. Through The Sew Weekly and the girls who contribute to it, she deepened her passion for vintage styles and started amassing a large collection of vintage patterns. Now she needs an excuse to try using them all.


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  1. I was wondering if you had your baby yet. Overdue? This baby has got to come out sometime. Lovely bolero. I love the pattern. I hope for a happy and easy delivery for you, and a happy and healthy baby. Can’t wait!

  2. 40 weeks? Whew, I remember how uncomfortable it is at the end, and I never made it past 39 weeks! I’m impressed that you made something at all, let alone such a good transition piece between maternity/post-partum and winter/spring

    Can’t wait to see matching Mama and Me outfits, although of course yours wouldn’t be cutsie and twee – they will rock.

  3. SO cute..
    Sending prayers for you and the baby.. Getting really close now…… Can’t wait to see photos of the pretty new little baby.. Best wishes.

  4. Kat you look gorgeous! Wishing you all the very best with the arrival of your baby – its a wonderful journey!

  5. Looking good Kat! Lovely bolero, you look so healthy and happy and blooming…
    I went to 41 weeks, I remember wishing and wishing that last week away desperate to hold my baby. It’s so magical when they arrive, thinking of you and baby Kat, here’s to all the joy the little one will bring xxx

  6. That fabric is fun! I remember being very pregnant and not having a clue about what to wear. I never thought about a bolero, very practical idea. It’s something you can wear while not pregnant too. Bonus! Sending you happy thoughts for your new baby :D

  7. Kat, that’s a great bolero and I’m glad to see you hear. I been waiting to hear news of the bump..

  8. Cute! Perfect mix of 40’s sculpture and 80’s fun. Good luck with the last few days!

  9. Aw me god, will you look at that bump? hehe You must be ready to go any day now. So glad you managed to pop back here to show us one last piece before the big day, and as Vicki says, great transition piece. Good luck lovely xx

  10. So smart for you to do that little bolero, which you will certainly be able to wear after baby arrives!

  11. You look fabulous Kat! Love the bolero, and here’s to the new arrival arriving soon. Good luck and best wishes x

  12. So good to see you Kat! Been thinking about you. I hate to tell you this but my first baby was 10 days overdue! I was ready to kill somebody. I do hope that doesen’t happen to you. Sending love and light and praying for you sweetie xxx Oh and totally digging the bolero – well done. I am sure you will soon be sewing with a baby bouncing on your knee!

  13. The bolero is fantastic! It is so a perfect mix of 40s and 80s. Well done and fingers crossed your tiny person joins you super soon!

  14. Cute bolero! I was wondering about you, it’s been awhile. It won’t be long now! Can’t wait to see the little one in the following weeks. Take care.

  15. Kat, your bolero is terrific, and you look lovely (rather ready to pop though, eh?) Take some nice long walks up some stairs, the wee one will come soon enough. Sending you and your little person all the good thoughts and wishes in the world.

  16. I see from facebook that gorgeous Kat gave birth to Drake on Monday and he is beautiful beyond belief. She posted a photo and says they are home and all is well. Isn’t that fabulous news?