Simplicity 3345 – 1960 Maternity Dress

by Evie

in 1960s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

I finally got a couple of other projects finished up and wanted to share this one with you all. It’s a maternity dress I made from Simplicity 3345 from 1960. The pattern was a gift from a friend (along with several others), and the fabric was from the large stash at my mom’s house, so the only financial output made for this garment was for the zipper. I needed something to wear to work once the weather warms up a bit, and this should do the job nicely. The pattern went together pretty easily and quickly. The only tricky bit was in attaching the skirt. The instructions got a bit muddled at one point, because I couldn’t keep track of whether I was reading the instructions and marks for the underskirt, or for the overskirt option in one of the views. This may just be my jumbled baby brain having an affect on my ability to read a pattern, but who knows. The only alteration I made was to shorten the hem by two inches, an adjustment I make to almost every pattern since I’m a bit shorter than the average used by pattern makers in any decade. The color is not the┬ámost flattering on me, but I didn’t have to buy new fabric and I really love the print so I don’t care so much. The black sash and rolled collar make a big difference in helping to break up the beige.

There are a few more pictures on my blog.

Happy Valentine’s Day all!

-Evie

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Michelle February 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Oh, this is darling! I really love the pattern. I’m sure you’re going to look gorgeous in this.

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Bessie Miller February 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Makes me wish I was still pregnant… ;)

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Mermaids Purse February 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Beautiful! I think the collar came out really well.

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Anne February 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm

What a gorgeous dress, and I love the print! Expecting women have their own glow of color about them, so I don’t think you need worry about the muted fabric. You must have a lot more energy than I did when I was pregnant!

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Sophie o. February 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Beautiful rendition of this pattern! I love the fabric choice :) well done!

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PepperReed February 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Beautiful!

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Sarah February 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Oh I love this dress! What a great idea for a maternity pattern! It looks stunning.

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