Friday, April 18, 2008

Flashback Friday - 1963

This week we're going back to 1963. Obviously I wasn't sewing yet so you won't see one of my creations today.

Instead, I'm sharing a sewing spread from the April 1963 Family Circle magazine. I like the crispness of the white dress with the contrasting details; the simplicity of the vest and skirt; the elegance of the shrimp colored dress; and the sweetness of the scallop edging of the floral dress. These classic fashions, with a few minor tweaks, could easily be worn today.
Favored Fashions to Sew for Summer
One-, two-, and three-piece dresses in bright and varied fabrics bring excitement to your wardrobe for the season ahead.

The white shift dress with six red buttons and stitching trim will certainly make you stand out in a crowd. For unfitted ease, it can be worn without the belt. Here we used Crown Cruiseway, a rayon fabric. Sizes are 10-18. Simplicity printed pattern. No. 4952. 50 cents.

A characteristic in today's way of dressing is an air of casualness, and it's typified in this three-piece dress. The tailored navy-and-red check skirt and vest are combined here with a solid-eggshell linen blouse. Maygashel linens were used. Sizes are 11-18. Simplicity printed pattern. No. 4953. 50 cents.

A semi fitted dress in silk that looks at bright as a ray of sunshine. It is trimmed with stitching and has a slightly flared skirt that is accented with an inverted pleat. Here the color is shrimp boat, and the fabric is by Stehli. Junior-petite sizes 3-11. Simplicity printed pattern. No. 4954. 65 cents.

For a cool look this summer try and dress with a sleeveless jacket made in a wonderfully alive floral print material. A crushed cummerbund nips in the natural waistline and lends the costume a dressy mood. The fabric is a silk-and-rayon blend by Fabrex. Sizes are 9-18. Simplicity printed pattern. No. 4929. 65 cents.

Simplicity Pattern Company also had a full page ad in this issue of the magazine. How many general interest woman's magazines today have a full page advertising a sewing pattern company? Pin It


  1. Great outfit picks!! Those dresses are so cute!

  2. You know this sent off to a round of Ebay looking and vintage pattern sites looking trying to emulate some of these looks! I already have a Vogue pattern in my collection that looks alot like the v-neck top and skirt pattern...gotta find that and think about making it up!

  3. Okay number three is a hotttt chick! Meme/s over to JameeForever...hurry, I know how you adore these! xoxo



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