Bolero (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)Description : a very short jacket, generally in fashions for women, styled after a garment originally worn by Spanish vaqueros (horsemen) and matadors
Subtypes : Boleros can be knitted or sewng
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Construction : The bolero is a good project for beginners, provided there are not too many embellishments (e.g. ruffled sleeves, etc.).
Sewing problem areas : No major problem areas for sewing.
Example creations : Silk bolero jacket, Blue bolero, Cashmere bolero, Embroidered red bolero, Lilac bolero, Cecilia bolero, Gold bolero, Matador-style bolero,
Example patterns : Alice bolero sewing pattern, Rave knit bolero jacket pattern (free), Child's bolero jacket pattern, 1896 Bolero jacket pattern (free),
Knitted Bolero (Courtesy of and history : Spanish horsemen, called vaqueros, migrated throughout western Europe in the late 18th century and early 19th century. The bolero jacket is originally attributed to them. It was also worn by Spanish matadors, bull fighters. In the mid 19th century, the style of jacket - cut off above the waist - was taken up into women's clothes, and since then has become a mainstay of women's fashions, to the point where sometimes the bolero is viewed as being slightly "effeminate".
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Related or similar garments : Shrug, Vaquero jacket
Wikipedia reference : jacket

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