1960s | Children | Jumpers / Pinafores | Kids

Pinafore Simplicity 3603

December 29, 2011
Simplicity 3603 girls vintage dress pattern

I saw this pinafore over a brown dress in the Betsy McCall paper doll archives, January 1960.  I really wanted to make something ‘in that flavor’ for my daughter.  I’ve been in a sewing lull lately… she hasn’t needed new clothes at the rate she did earlier this year.

The pattern the paper doll page says to use is McCalls 2358, which I did not have a copy of.  It is one of those I keep seeing and not picking up.  However, I had another pattern, Simplicity 3603.

Simplicity 3603 girls vintage dress pattern

Simplicity 3603, in size 5

circa 1960

The challenges in this pattern, for me, were several.  I did not pay attention to how the facings were ‘meant’ to be done – and started boldly out making them the way I usually do… only to be sadly mistaken.  Another thing that was interesting is that the shoulder seams are done after inserting the front panel, to assure they are even!

pinafore dress from simplicity 3603

Here is the almost finished product.  I did a ‘tuck pleated’ skirt rather than a gathered one.   I did not yet put the back buttoned belt in… not sure if it needs it?  The blouse is not handmade.  I intend to work on a blouse next week from the same pattern.

On a side note, has anyone noticed that Simplicity vintage children’s patterns run a tad bit larger than McCalls?  I have done several McCalls 1960s dresses recently, also in in size 5, that have fit my daughter very well.  This is a little large.  I am wondering if it is the lack of the belt or it would have made that much of a difference.

  1. I think I prefer the Simplicity pattern anyway! The button panel detail is really cute. If the fit is comfortable without the belt then I wouldn’t worry about it, but there’s nothing wrong with kids’ clothes being a bit on the big side- it’ll fit before you know what happened 🙂

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