Simplicity 3213 – 1950′s Girl’s Sun Dress and Reversible Bolero

November 8, 2011 in Sewing, Vintage Patterns

Oh, Simplicity 3213. How you captured my heart immediately upon sight!

I purchased this pattern without even a second thought – I adored the scalloped dress and bolero, such a sweet design. “I MUST MAKE THIS NOW!” I said, the moment the pattern arrived in the mail.

  • But, it’s Autumn.
  • And, the pattern is a 3T while Lily is only 21 months old.

Oh! Such trifling worries! I’m a firm believer that when inspiration hits, especially when you’ve had a massive creativity block, that you do your best to work with it. And so I did.

I already knew I had the perfect fabric – two lovely 1950′s cottons that I found when I was in Madison last month. The pink gingham appeared to have been used as a table cloth at one point so I had to work around a few small stains. Thankfully, I had –JUST– enough fabric! I had 4.5 yards of the fantastic pink, turquoise, green and white checked fabric, so I had plenty to play around with for the contrasting pieces.

Enough talk and on with the photos!

I’ve mentioned before that Lily is a rather, uh, “active” model – so the photos of her wearing them are quite blurry!

It may not seem like it, but the dress is actually too big (being a 3T and all), but due to the ties, I can tie it relatively tight.  The bolero, however, is huge!  I think by Summer, though, she should ft it better. I do still need to finish the bloomers and bonnet, but I was just so excited with how well the dress turned out that I had to share!

Simplicity 3213 – 1950′s Girl’s Sun Dress and Reversible Bolero


    1. you and mie says:

      So adorable! The dress pics are great!! And of course the dress itself too. I’m really impressed with the crafts(wo)manship. Looks incredibly sharp, clean, professional. Nice work! I can’t wait to see more!!

    2. Foster says:

      Wow. If that is not the cutest dress and the cutest little girl…. I miss sewing for my little girl who is not so little anymore.

    3. My oh My! That is just about the most precious baby and dress combo! I have to sew some vintage for my two year old . I am starting a sewing linky party today called Sew & Tell Saturday at my website and I am hoping to get some vintage sewists aboard to post their projects because there aren’t any sewing linky parties to show off vintage creations. I hope you can come over and post a link to your blog today! Thanks so much!
      Justine @ Sew Country Chick

    4. Pam says:

      Simply adorable!!! The fabric work so well together.

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