1960s | Blouses | Skirts

Two-piece dress based on Simplicity 4906

December 27, 2016

Hello everyone,

This will be my debut on this page. I have been sewing vintage-inspired clothes for some time and recently started using authentic patterns from my favorurite era, 1950s-1960s. My newest project is a two-piece dress, based on Simplicity 4906 pattern.

What I like most about this pattern is how it fits on the shoulders. Made from non-elastic fabric it does not constrain movement. And the wide collar has enough room for a woolen scarf in a matching colour.

The original pattern

I altered the top a bit, as the original had short or 3/4 length sleeves and I wanted long, plus I eliminated a side zipper – who needs a zipper in a loose-fitting boxy-shaped top? Also, I decided not to use the original skirt pattern as my fabric was too thick for a skirt with a long back pleat. I went for a Burda skirt pattern from 2/2013 issue, but to my disappointment, the pattern did not work with my fabric either – elastic band are not friends with thick fabrics… Anyways, I ended up making a simple skirt with darts and a waistband. But the overall result is I think satisfactory. I also used the original belt pattern, which was meant for the dress, but can work with the top as well.

Top with black pants

The greatest thing about two-piece dresses is that you can wear them as separates.

  1. What a wonderful debut. Welcome! 🙂 I love your project, it’s delightfully simple and I think the color suits you perfectly. I think I like it even better when the top is paired with the black slacks. Keep up with the good work!

  2. Welcome , I love this , what a lovely colour, really suits you, that collar is gorgeous, great pieces for endless combinations , hope to see more of your makes soon.

  3. Do you know if these retro patterns are being catalogued for reference? Seems that someone should be scanning them somehow. Thanks for sharing. You did a beautiful job!

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