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Ladies who lunch - vintage Simplicity 4429

Added Feb 22, 2013

by cynthia-1

Wollongong, Aust...






Another wonderful op-shop find – this vintage Simplicity pattern for a casually fitted sleeveless dress with back zipper closure. The neckline is round at the front and V at the back, with an optional patch pocket feature. It is a “simple to make” or jiffy pattern with only two main pattern pieces. As usual, I had to shorten the bodice and skirt (because I’m short.) This pattern is circa 1962 and perfect for a Madmen-themed lunch.

I made this dress for my 30th birthday lunch with the girls, where everyone put in a great effort to be dressed in their best 1950-60s attire. This dress was very easy to sew, with only two darts, main pattern pieces and facings. I used a lightweight Japanese cotton lawn because the small pink flowers reminded me of prints from the early 60s and because it was on sale! I didn’t make the belt or self fabric tie belt but used a vintage belt instead. With this dress on, my hair done up and all the girls looking beautifully dressed, I really did feel like one of the “ladies who lunch.”

Material Notes

Kimono lawn blossom – 100% cotton ($6.00/metre, Spotlight clearance table); thread; invisible zipper.

Pattern notes also suggest cotton and cotton blends, cotton satin, textured cottons, gingham, seersucker, broadcloth, pique,chambray,linen,rayon, silk, synthetic, textured silk, crepe, wool and wool blends, sheer wool, double knit




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends, Linen, Polyester, Rayon, Silk, Wool


Simplicity paper pattern

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    Mar 9, 2013, 10.56 AMby infinite-plus-one

    so fancy (:

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    Feb 28, 2013, 05.03 AMby thequirkypeach

    You look so pretty in this dress! And your styling is perfect :)

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    Feb 25, 2013, 07.01 PMby alekat

    Lovely! such a pretty dress! well done

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    Feb 24, 2013, 06.52 PMby annie-s-1

    This is beautiful. Such a classic pattern and lovely fabric choice.

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    Feb 23, 2013, 05.57 PMby dvinare

    you look so elegant! :)

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      Feb 24, 2013, 08.38 AMby cynthia-1

      Thanks friends for all your lovely comments :)

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    Feb 23, 2013, 02.17 PMby Inga 888

    you look lovely in this dress, great fabric and pattern :)

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    Feb 23, 2013, 12.58 AMby Mary Athey

    Fab pattern dress and fabric x

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    Feb 22, 2013, 10.31 PMby sewneenee

    What a great find and such a pretty dress!

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    Feb 22, 2013, 05.35 PMby caramia-made

    It looks so fresh and modern, even though it’s a vintage pattern. Love it!

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    Feb 22, 2013, 04.15 PMby Irene Jones - Arias

    Pretty and simple: perfect combo!!!

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    Feb 22, 2013, 03.04 PMby jana1212

    Too cute!!! I like it so much!

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