D-A-H 1950s Day Dress #6566 (1954)

1950s Day Dress #6566 (1954) vintage sewing pattern in any size at mrsdepew.com.
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This is a digital draft-at-home pattern for a lovely and timeless French day dress. A skirt made entirely of pleats is sewn to an elegant bodice that extends to two points down over the front of the skirt. A wide neckline extends it into small sleeves. 

Note that pleats are entirely optional.

Era: mid-1950's.

Fabric:  4.5  meters of 90 cm wide (5 yards of 36”).

Fabric requirements given are for a 98 cm bust average. More or less may be required depending on the size you choose to draft.

1950s Day Dress #6566 (1954) vintage sewing pattern in any size at mrsdepew.com.

This is a pattern from a French pattern drafting system fairly similar to the Lutterloh golden rule patterns. You will be able to draft a pattern to your exact size from the miniature pattern template and specially designed rulers. To draft any of these special patterns to doll, children, and adult sizes is easy. Rulers are available to draft the pattern as small as a 5 1/2" bust to as large as a 60" bust and the pattern will be scaled perfectly every time. ALL RULERS ARE INCLUDED WITH THESE PATTERNS.

The pattern includes basic markings and notches that show you how they fit together, and indications such as dotted lines for cutting on the fold. I have included several pages of drafting instructions that I have translated from the original French personally. The illustrated instructions show you how to easily draw your pattern pieces from the miniature pattern template using your special ruler. 

These patterns were marketed originally to both home seamstresses and professionals alike and assume that you have a basic understanding of clothing construction. The original patterns DO NOT include any sewing instructions. To sew these, you should have a basic understanding of how pattern pieces should fit together. The pattern pieces are illustrated in such a way that you can see how they are supposed to be sewn to each other.

Difficulty level: These patterns might be a bit difficult for the beginner but an intermediate - advanced seamstress will most likely have little trouble.

For a complete tutorial on drafting your pattern including photos, check out this blog post. It really takes something a bit intimidating and makes it quite easy!

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