237 Tango Dress - PDF


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Sizes XS-3XL.

The tango craze of the 'teens and twenties of the 20th century regularly enjoys a revival. The dramatic dips and thrusts of the dance called for gowns that emphasized leg and back. Dating from the 1920s, our authentic evening version, View B, does this perfectly and flatters most figures. Our daytime version, View A, retains the body-skimming bodice and bias cut skirt, omitting the back cutout and streamers and uneven hemline. The long lines of our Cardigan Sweater make a perfect complement for the Tango Dress! 

The unusual construction for the Tango Dress adds to its dramatic impact. A long sleeveless bodice hangs straight to the hips where it meets the skirt made of two uniquely cut sections. The back of the skirt falls away from a front hip panel that echoes the V neckline. another shallow V hugs the body at the bodice/skirt seam in the back. The skirt front fits into the back and hip panel ingeniously. 

In View B, another V is cut out on the back bodice, further emphasized by two triangular-shaped streamers, and the handkerchief hemline draws attention to the legs. Both day and night versions are finished by a rolled collar ending in front ties. 

Complete knitting instructions are included for the coordinating hip-length cardigan (sizes XS-MD) in stockinette stitch. It can be a daytime cover-up for summer picnics or can shimmer at night when knitted with novelty metallics. 

This is the PDF pattern.  For the paper pattern, go here.  This PDF pattern has several files: sewing instructions, history and lore of tango, knitting instructions for the sweater, copy shop files (A0, layered, and 36"), and print at home (50 pages, layered).  

Suggested fabrics: Lightweight fabrics with drape, such as silk or polyester satin, charmeuse, crepe, challis, lightweight linen or cotton.

Yardage chart (.pdf)