A housecoat to wear outside the house!

by Miss J on October 21, 2012 · 24 comments

in 1950s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

As a vertically challenged, stiletto wearing vintage clothing lover I have always struggled to find dresses and skirts to fit – and sent constant prayers of thanks to my long departed great-grandmother that she taught me to sew at a very young age.

One day whilst surfing Pinterest (hands up those also addicted?) I came across the ‘Haunted Housewife’ dress from Pinup Couture and fell instantly in love.

I set about finding a pattern that represented the true style of the era – I adored the decadent concept of a housecoat – I then discovered the wonderful ZipZapKap on Etsy. Simplicity 3068 Shawl Collar Dress from 1959 was exactly what I was looking for!

A brilliant emerald green cotton sateen with black satin piping was the perfect blend to give the vintage pattern a colorful edge and a French cuff on a 3/4 sleeve added a little personal touch.

Thank you Katherine, a beautiful pattern that was a joy to construct and make my own.

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– who has written 3 posts on WeSewRetro.com.

A full time working mother, part time university student and all the time diva... I am only 4'10" and a little size 8 (Au) and I struggle to find gorgeous retro styled clothing to fit my height - so I make my own! I have been sewing since I could hold a needle and my great grandmother taught me to sew on a 1908 Singer treadle machine.

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

ooobop! October 21, 2012 at 10:36 am

Oh Oh Oh… very much in love with this dress! Loving the black piping against the green :-)


Evie October 21, 2012 at 11:08 am



Michelle jadaa October 21, 2012 at 11:13 am

Wow,i want one :)


Katherine October 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Wow, I love it! So cool to see this made up…the piping is absolutely inspired :D


Kae October 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Great Job it looks amazing.


Bea October 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Beautiful dress. I love everything about it. The colour is stunning.


Kelina October 21, 2012 at 1:14 pm

F A B U L O U S ! Love, love, love it: fab color, fit, style, piping, etc! Great fabric choice, details and execution.


Kristin October 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

So fantastic! I just love the color and especially the piping!


Sarah October 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm

This is so gorgeous! Great colours, and the piping and cuffs are lovely, I would love to wear this!


Sue October 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm

oh, so, so, so cute!


Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns October 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Lovely! Just adorable! I might have to make one just like this.


Lholy-chan October 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Beautiful dress! I love this style and have been longing for some too. I will definitely remember this pattern. I love the color you chose.


Cynthia October 21, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Brava, this is a stunner


Dollface Diva October 22, 2012 at 12:41 am

Thank you all so much!
I am completely in love with this style and I know I will be using it again.

What a lovely welcome for my first outing on the blog.


Zoe October 22, 2012 at 4:59 am

My goodness this is TOTALLY awesome! You are very talented and I bet this dress looks stunning with your red hair. xx


Marie October 22, 2012 at 7:10 am

Absolutely gorgeous!!!


Miss Ava Kitten October 22, 2012 at 7:11 am

Jealousy is a terrible thing but I am feeling it at the moment – beautiful work


Marta from 2nd Funniest Thing October 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I want it!!! It’s the pretiest dress I’ve seen in months!!
I really admire U..

Big kisses from Barcelona
DIY & unique pieces


jax black October 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Green with envy :) but i think i have that pattern in my stash :) another one to addto the list.


Deb October 22, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Wow! This is absolutely gorgeous! I love it, and the piping just makes it rock more. Great job. :)


SueC October 23, 2012 at 1:09 am

Stunning! I have that pattern in my stash too – now I feel inspired to make it up!


Lizzy October 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm

OOhh!!! what a beautiful dress!!!!!! the color, the piping! I have wanted that pattern during a long time!


Tina October 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Absolutely charming!


frk.bustad October 28, 2012 at 9:11 am

This is absolutely gorgeous! The details are perfect, and the cut looks fab!


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