Girls’ 1958 Party Dress Pattern

By Jennie Chancey

From childhood, I adored the glamorous and feminine stars of the 1950s like Doris Day and Grace Kelly. I begged my mother to sew dresses with full, “twirly” skirts and loved wearing some of the beautiful hand-me-downs my grandmother had worn in the 1950s. My daughters are no different and love the dresses of this iconic time period. So when I created the Ladies’ 1958 Party Dress pattern, I knew my girls would want their own dresses to match!

Because I’ve had a lot of requests for patterns easy enough for beginners, I’ve kept this pattern as simple as the adult version and omitted the more dramatic adult “V” back. With its kimono-sleeve style, the difficulty of setting in sleeves is completely eliminated. The biggest challenge for a complete beginner will be sewing in the zipper, and I’ve included only the easiest zipper option in this child’s pattern.

  • All sizes from 2-14 included in one envelope.
  • Illustrated instructions make construction easy!
  • Kimono-sleeve bodice style makes this a great starter pattern for sewing newbies.
  • Bonus instructions in the appendix for creating a full-skirted crinoline petticoat.
  • Download the yardage chart for this pattern.
  • ePattern available for instant download.
  • Matching ladies’ pattern will make perfect mother-daughter dresses!
Paper Pattern $12.95

 

ePattern $9.95

 
A huge thank-you goes out to Katrina Casey over at Edelweiss Patterns, who offered to test-sew the new pattern for me and create these adorable “sister” dresses. Be sure to visit Katrina’s site and check out her beautiful line of “Sound of Music” patterns!

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5 Comments on Girls’ 1958 Party Dress Pattern

  1. Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns
    October 24, 2012 at 8:50 am (2 years ago)

    Cute, cute, cute! What a fun dress for little girls. I’m sure these would make the most darling mother-daughter outfits.

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  2. Elizabeth
    October 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm (2 years ago)

    So cute! I can’t get over how big your girls have gotten since we did the catalogue shoot. I think I might have to lay this one in for my daughter.

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  3. Geneece
    October 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Adorable! Can’t wait to make a few of them!

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  4. CC Sewing
    October 26, 2012 at 8:57 am (1 year ago)

    This is just darling! I love the fabrics in the photo too.

    Reply
  5. Sarah
    October 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm (1 year ago)

    Exciting!

    Reply

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