Group of 1950s Adult and Child Patterns

By Jennie Chancey

All of these delightful images were shared by Magic Dog Enterprises. The donor has also been kind enough to provide the text from the pattern backs where she could! Top left: “Jr. Misses’ and Misses’ One-piece dress with two skirts: Dress has wide shaped collar with notched detail, set-in sleeves, midriff sections and top-stitching detail. Midriff has pointed end and button trim. V. 1 dress has slim skirt with soft pleats at front waistline and back kick pleat. V. 2 full skirt has soft inverted pleats. Purchased belt may be worn and buttons on midriff omitted.” Top right: “Junior Misses and Misses’ Two-piece Suit. Town-going suit with easy graceful lines. Skirt has soft, inverted pleats at either side of center, front and back. View 1 features long sleeves and fringed scarf of jacket fabric at neck edge. View 2 has 3/4 sleeves and small collar. Buttoned trimmed tabs detail lower edges of side front. Buttons trim sleeve edges.”

Center, left to right: 1. “Misses’ Dress and Short Jacket says the pattern envelope. Copyright 1956. Materials suggested Cotton Brocade, Polished cotton, Linen, Crepe, Shantung, Printed Silk or Cotton, Faille. Jacket-Linen, Pique, Faille.” 2. “Jr. Miss & Misses’ Oriental Style Sheath: Oriental allure in this smooth sheath with a diagonally buttoned bodice, side slits. (A) trimmed with bias tap. Belted. (B) Mandarin neckline, unbelted. (C) Lace dress with contrasting lining and hip sash that loops.” 3. (No text available.) 4. “Jr. Misses’ and Misses’ Jacket, Dress and Jumper. Simple to make ensemble. Square neckline in front and back highlights this pert dress or jumper. Slim skirt has pleat at center back seam. Jacket has wristlength kimono sleeves, rounded collar and belt at lower edge of each side. Burrons are sewn at each end of belt. Top-stitiching trim is featured.”

Bottom left: “Girls’ Dress: Full-skirted dress with front-buttoned fitted bodice, contrast cuffed set-in sleeves. (A)Top-stitched triple collared version with three-quarter sleeves: self-belt. (B) single-collar with coordinating applique; short sleeves’ purchased belt.” Bottom right: “Copyright 1959. Child’s dress with attached crinoline. Suggested Fabrics: Chambray, cotton broadcloth, gingham, percale, cotton satin, linen, lin-like cotton, pima cotton, pique, similar synthetics; View A- wool Flannel: Petticoat-Nylon crinoline, nylon marquisette, organdy.”

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