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1950's Party dress

Added Dec 14, 2011

by laurakealey

Cheshire, United...






Taken from a book of vintage patterns for children, however this is the second thing I’ve made from the book and both patterns were wrong and the instructions were awful. For such a lovely looking book, it’s such a shame.
In this case the boddice was 4 inches too wide, there was no measurement for gathering in the sleeves and the collar was 2 inches too short so I had to majorly improvise. I also didn’t like the lace flowers on the collar so I left them off, I added 2 pretty buttons instead. I also lengthed it and hid it under the bottom lace. It now looks pretty but only because I altered it.
The finished dress is hanging up. It’s corrected after trying it on a friends daughter and I also decided to lengthen it and was glad I hadn’t put the lower lace on at that point as I was able to hide the band under it.
The other dress is, minus the lower lace, as the pattern says it should be, although I’ve already sorted out the collar. You can see it looks square. I don’t have a child at home so have no reference point I rely on the patterns. Don’t think I’ll be making anything else out of this book.

Material Notes

I used voile and some other material I had rather than the silk and chiffon which would have hung better but this works well.




Garment Type
Chiffon, Cotton, Lace/Sequins


Vintage style for kids

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    Dec 15, 2011, 11.05 PMby lisa g

    this is a really cute dress! i’ve sewn for my own young children and i can tell you that most of the pattern sizing is just atrocious!!! (i have found that the simplicity project runway kids line is pretty good and doesn’t need much adjusting.)

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