1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Frock 7852 from a 1951 Australian Home Journal

February 21, 2015

Inspired by some cute fabric I picked up on sale at Spotlight, I made myself this cute frock for a belated Valentines day weekend away with my Husband.


Unfortunately we forgot to take nice photos while we were away, so I’m stuck using this selfie I snapped at work one day.

Cutesy Kitty Fabric
Cutesy Kitty Fabric, only $2 p/m!

I’ve always loved the Neckline on the dress on the left of the cover of this home journal, and thought it would combine really well with the drape of this fabric. Together they make a great, easy to wear, girly frock.

1951 Australian Home Journal

As always, I had a helper with my sewing. This time it was my boy, Prince. He loves when I cut out fabric on the floor, but thank goodness he doesn’t jump up on my sewing cabinet like his sisters, he’s twice their size!

My boy Princey

As with pretty much all my vintage patterns, I had to grade this one up to fit, so I thought I would trace and scan my graded up pattern pieces to share with the world. To get the PDF pattern for yourself, just head to this blog post, or if you want to read a bit more about the construction of this dress or my pattern grading process, read this post.


Dixie O’Dare

  1. Lovely dress and it fits great! I’m always impressed to see such good results from patterns which required serious grading to get to the right size.
    Oh, and I love your hair-do too.

  2. Wow, a great dress and a very cute fabric.
    Very impressed that you resize vintage patterns, I always search for fitting ones and try to ignore all the adorable designs that don’t fit as good as I can 😉

  3. Thanks for the lovely comments everyone! I never knew pattern grading was supposed to be hard, as I just learned through trial and error as a teenager. I have offered the graded up pattern on my blog for those who struggle with grading up, and this is quite a loose fitting style, so it’s hard to screw up too badly. I have only ever found one vintage pattern in my size (Edit: and Budget), so without being able to grade up, I would be one sad sewist.

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