1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

A housecoat to wear outside the house!

October 21, 2012

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.

  1. 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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