Jennie Chancey

I launched Sense & Sensibility Patterns in 1998 with my original Regency Gown pattern. I never dreamed I'd one day have over two dozen patterns on the market and would be leading tours yearly in the UK! Enjoy my blog, and let me know if you'd like to travel with us!

Ladies’ 1958 Party Dress Pattern

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1958 Party Dress

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 a party dress 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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1950s ePattern Collection

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Girls 1958 Party Dress pattern cover

If you’d like to purchase all the 1950s ePatterns together (women’s and girls’), you’ll receive a 15% discount! This bundle includes all of the patterns shown here. For more information about each pattern included in this bundle, please browse the individual listings in the Titanic/Teens Era category.

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A peek behind the scenes!

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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 […] Read more…

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

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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 […] Read more…

1910s Tea Gown Pattern

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1910s Tea Gown

This 1910s Tea Gown 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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While all sizes are included, if you wear a “DD” cup, you will need to purchase the supplement to get a perfect fit:

(Looking for the paper version rather than the ePattern? Purchase from one of our many retailers worldwide!) Read more…