This beautiful dress was inspired by the Hollywood beauties from the 1950’s and 1960’s. The pattern includes multiple fabric options: chiffon overlay, lace/mesh overlay, simplified cotton and solid dress weight options. It includes detailed instructions for techniques that will take the fear out of cutting and hemming difficult fabrics as well as installing a zipper.
This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®.
Recommended Fabrics: Main fabric: Chiffon, lightweight polyester, lace with minimal or no stretch, lightweight cottons, rayon, voile and satin. Lining and Underlay: Broad cloth or light-weight cotton NOTE: the broadcloth cotton is used for stability, but is still lightweight.
-⅓ yard of main (see suggested fabrics)
-⅓ yard of broad cloth (lining)
-4” or longer doll size or 7”- 8” invisible zipper
-1” x 50” strip of lightweight tulle
-Two-sided ¼” quilters tape (optional)
-Light-weight fusible interfacing (optional)
-4” x 1” of hook and loop tape
-Freezer Paper for cutting difficult fabrics
-Rotary cutter and matt (optional)
-Fray-Away® or similar product
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 56 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.Download, Print, Sew!
1950s Fancy Dress
This dress is super easy and super cute! It was the first time that I tried a zipper! Sweet success! Marilyn's directions make zippers a breeze! Great pattern!
This dress is adorable!! The instructions are well written and easy to follow. I chose to make the dress from a pretty quilters cotton - next time I'll make a fancy dress :) And best of all, the dress fits perfectly!!! I'll be making this one over and over!!
When I saw this pattern I just knew I had to try it. I love the style of this dress. I've already made 4 of them! I chose to use various polyesters, satin, organza, and moleskin, and they all came together like a dream. If you're afraid of zippers, you have to try this pattern. Marilyn's style of putting in a zipper is like using a "zippers for dummies" tutorial.
This dress comes together so fast. Although an intermediate dress, it is deceptively easy especially if you use cotton fabric. It looks great made in cotton and fabulous if you spend the extra time to make it in lace or chiffon. A pattern I know I will be using again and again.