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Ladies’ 1958 Party Dress Pattern

By Jennie Chancey

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I’ve had many requests from customers for an easy dress pattern that even a beginner could tackle. When the 1950s won my fashion era poll in late 2010, I decided to create something that would provide glamorous results without tears for beginners and also satisfy long-time vintage fashion enthusiasts. I hope this pattern fills the bill!

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Paper Pattern $17.95

ePattern $9.95

A peek behind the scenes!

By Jennie Chancey

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We shot photos this weekend for my new Ladies’ 1958 Party Dress pattern, inspired by Ruth Orkin’s iconic “American Girl in Italy” from 1951. When my husband saw the original shot, he said, “Honey, that is the perfect setup for your new pattern!” Of course, Orkin didn’t set up the original–she just caught it as […]

Thank you!

By Jennie Chancey

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Thank you so much for all the Kanga, dress, and necklace orders! We’ve now finished for this month, but I hope to send a new batch of Kangas home in the summer.

Diary of a Titanic Dress: Part Seven–The Big Reveal!

By Jennie Chancey

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The Titanic Centenary Memorial dinner we attended on April 12 was a fantastic success. The event raised over $6000 for a community-based conservation effort on Kenya’s coast, and we ate an incredible meal reproduced from the last first-class dinner served on board the ship. Many of those in attendance dressed in retro fashions (including guys in […]

1910s Tea Gown Pattern

By Jennie Chancey

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This pattern was inspired by “Titanic” and follows the styles of 1911-1913 with its multi-layered skirt and kimono-style bodice.

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Paper Pattern $17.95

ePattern $9.95

While all sizes are included, if you wear a “DD” cup, you will need to purchase the supplement to get a perfect fit:
Paper Supplement $3.00

eSupplement $1.95

Diary of a Titanic Dress: Part Six–Finishing Up!

By Jennie Chancey

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Well, our Internet went out last weekend and has been spotty this week, so I haven't had a chance to share the finishing of the dress until now. Your comments were all so helpful on the skirt options, and it was hard to decide how to arrange the overskirt, but I ended up going for expediency, as my deadline was fast approaching.

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