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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 ePattern.
  • 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.
  • Available for instant download.
  • Matching ladies’ pattern will make perfect mother-daughter dresses!
  • This pattern is rated experienced beginner, as a new seamstress can tackle it with perhaps a little assistance on the zipper.

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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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