1960s | Blouses | Skirts

Two-piece dress based on Simplicity 4906

By on 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.

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Simplicity 1365 1970s Halter Top Repro (a.k.a. Simplicity 6357)

By on August 23, 2014

 

 

 

 

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This is a two piece dress (halter and skirt) which I made this summer using Simplicity 1365, a modern repro of Simplicity 6357.

I made the skirt a simple Dirndl using what was left of the yardage and a one inch waistband. The waistband closes with a skirt hook and snaps only, and I must say it is more comfortable without a zipper.

This is a really nice pattern to work with and the finished product looks very clean and tidy inside as well as out. More photos of the dress as well as a pic of my latest and possibly best ever sewing bargain are at my blog, Farmhouse Garden.

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