1966 Jumper dress

by Claire on January 26, 2014 · 6 comments

in 1960s,Dresses,Jumpers / Pinafores,Vintage Sewing


Hi, this is me in a jumper dress I made recently using Simplicity 6555 from 1966.

I really like the shaping on the front bodice.  I needed to move the bust darts down slightly on my muslin.  Glad I made one!  I only made a bodice muslin and only half of one at that.  But it was enough to check for fit.  The fabric looks a bit shiny thanks to my camera flash.  In real life it isn’t so shiny.


The back is quite simple but I’m pleased with the fit.  I used an invisible zip as I prefer the clean line they give.

This is my copy of the pattern.  The envelope is a little ‘dog eared’ but the pattern itself is OK.

I made a different belt to on the pattern.  I used the instructions on ‘Jennifer Lauren Vintage’ Bow belt tutorial.  I think it finishes off this dress perfectly.  It makes it a bit cute but not too cute!

I’d like to make this dress again but for summer.  I may play around with the bodice pieces as it could be interesting… using stripes maybe?




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Lazy Seamstress January 26, 2014 at 2:20 pm

I love that detailing at the front, and the bow, and the fabric. Lovely dress. x


Marie January 26, 2014 at 6:34 pm

This is gorgeous – great fabric, fabulous fit and lovely detailing!


Erika January 27, 2014 at 2:03 am

This turned out really well, it fits like a glove and I also love that seam detail.


Ange January 27, 2014 at 4:04 am

Cool, such an interesting bodice panelling on this dress, I have an unfinished dress from a different pattern with the same ‘v’ shaped front, it seems to work well.

Thanks for sharing.


Anonymous January 27, 2014 at 10:16 am

Thanks for your lovely comments!
I’ve seen similar V shaped detail on other patterns. Maybe I’ve inspired you to finish yours Ange?


Ange January 28, 2014 at 4:27 am

Yes, you have :)


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