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  • Model wearing 1950s housecoat and house dress in two lengths made from Simplicity 1819 pattern
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Dawn & Gill

    50s Versatile Dress Pattern

    All views have kimono sleeves and surplice styling. Full skirt may have pockets in side seams and front is softly pleated. V.1, long housecoat, has ¾ sleeves and buttons at waist. V. 2 has ¾ sleeves, buttoned waistline, contrast piping, contrast binding and lace edging trim. V. 3 has bow trimmed short sleeves, buttoned waistline. V4 has short sleeves, buttoned waistline. V. 4 has short sleeves, contrast collar and tie ends.

    Offered here as: Paper Pattern and the Original pattern. This pattern is also available as a PDF download.

    Size Guide

    Vintage Size: 14
    Bust: 34” (86.4cm)
    Waist: 26” (66.1cm)
    Hip: 36” (91.4cm)
    Back length – neck base to waist: 16 ¼” (41.3cm)
    Finished back length of view 1: 56” (142cm)
    Finished back length of view 2, 3, 4: 45 ½” (115.6cm)

    Sewing Notions

    V. 1, 2, 3 and 4: 2 spools thread, bias seam binding (optional). V. 1, 2 and 3: 2 buttons. V. 3 and 4: contrast thread. V. 3: 1 pkg. of 1” wide bias binding.

    Fabric Amount Guide

    View 1
    35” or 36” fabric without nap, 6 ¼ yds.
    44” or 45” fabric without nap, 5 ½ yds.
    54” fabric without nap, 4 1/8 yds.
    View 2
    35” or 36” fabric with nap, 5 3/8 yds.
    35” or 36” fabric without nap, 5 yds.
    44” or 45” fabric without nap, 4 yds.
    View 3 or 4
    35” or 36” fabric without nap, 4 ½ yds.
    44” or 45” fabric without nap, 3 ½ yds.
    Width of lower edge of view 1: 113”
    Width of lower edge of v. 2, 3, 4: 95”
    View 3 Lace edging ¾” wide, 3 3/8 yds.
    View 2 Contrasting piping – 3/8 yd. of 35” or 36” fabric.
    View 4 Contrasting collar and tie ends
    35” or 36” fabric without nap,
    44” or 45” fabric without nap,

    2” HEM ALLOWED IN VIEW 1-2-3-4
    11 pieces pattern

    Recommended Fabrics

    All views: cottons, pique, plisse, gingham, chintz, linen, rayons, taffeta, challis, moire, brocade. V.1 also in: wool. V.2 also in corduroy. V. 2 contrast: cotton. V.4 contrast: cottons, rayons. See our Fabric Partners

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    What You Will Receive

    You will receive a true to scale reproduction sewing pattern printed on A0 premium paper, along with instructions, and a full-colour front cover. Your pattern will arrive, in a clear resealable envelope for easy storage.

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