A housecoat to wear outside the house!

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.

• Meet the Author • Miss J


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… add one

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

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  • LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!

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  • Wow,i want one :)

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

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  • Great Job it looks amazing.

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

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

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

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

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  • oh, so, so, so cute!

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

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  • 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.

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  • Brava, this is a stunner

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  • 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.

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

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  • Absolutely gorgeous!!!

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

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

    Big kisses from Barcelona
    Marta
    2ndfunniestthing.blogspot.com
    DIY & unique pieces

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

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

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

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

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  • Absolutely charming!

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

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