The Picnic Dress: Simplicity 3965

November 9, 2010

Hello everyone! I just finished a delightfully feminine 1950’s dress, nicknamed ‘The Picnic Dress.’ I was inspired by a dress Betty Draper wore on Mad Men. The fabric is a vintage floral acetate print, and the pattern is vintage as well.
Here’s the original pattern and fabric:And here’s my finished dress!
For this dress, I made a waist stay, and hand-picked the zipper. Detailed tutorials for both techniques are on my blog so you can use them in your next retro dress project!

For more on the Picnic Dress, check out my blog here. Or if you just want to see my photos, stop by my Flickr account. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. I enjoyed this post about the 1950's picnic dress. You must pleased with your finished result. The pictures were great! Thanks for the post!

  2. I have to make that dress!! I love it. The only problem is: I live in the Netherlands and I hust can't seem to get a old on this pattern 🙁 Do you have some tips on site's were they might have it?

    It's so pretty 😀

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