1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 3345 – 1960 Maternity Dress

February 14, 2013

I finally got a couple of other projects finished up and wanted to share this one with you all. It’s a maternity dress I made from Simplicity 3345 from 1960. The pattern was a gift from a friend (along with several others), and the fabric was from the large stash at my mom’s house, so the only financial output made for this garment was for the zipper. I needed something to wear to work once the weather warms up a bit, and this should do the job nicely. The pattern went together pretty easily and quickly. The only tricky bit was in attaching the skirt. The instructions got a bit muddled at one point, because I couldn’t keep track of whether I was reading the instructions and marks for the underskirt, or for the overskirt option in one of the views. This may just be my jumbled baby brain having an affect on my ability to read a pattern, but who knows. The only alteration I made was to shorten the hem by two inches, an adjustment I make to almost every pattern since I’m a bit shorter than the average used by pattern makers in any decade. The color is not theย most flattering on me, but I didn’t have to buy new fabric and I really love the print so I don’t care so much. The black sash and rolled collar make a big difference in helping to break up the beige.

There are a few more pictures on my blog.

Happy Valentine’s Day all!


  1. What a gorgeous dress, and I love the print! Expecting women have their own glow of color about them, so I don’t think you need worry about the muted fabric. You must have a lot more energy than I did when I was pregnant!

  2. I made this pattern in 1960. It was a beautiful green and white fabric. It was so gorgeous that I wore it when I was not pregnant, just adjusting the hem in the front. My daughter who is now 48 also wore it in 2006 when she was pregnant. I wish I knew where the dress is at this moment. Sadly, I do not.
    I am almost tempted to purchase the pattern again. The rolled collar was so flattering.

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