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Vintage 1956 Simplicity Fit and Flare Party Dress Pattern #1878Vintage 1956 Simplicity Fit and Flare Party Dress Pattern #1878Vintage 1956 Simplicity Fit and Flare Party Dress Pattern #1878

This sewing pattern is by Simplicity, dated 1956, is for a very pretty fit and flare dress with a flattering bateau neckline.

The number is 1878. All pieces are present and cut. Instruction sheet is included.

They have it sized as a 12, however, at that time, that meant a 32" bustline. If you know how to grade patterns, this can easily be adjusted to fit any size.

The image on the front of the envelope is for two versions: on is a pretty yellow print, the other is an adorable light sky blue with an illusion yoke and two rows of ribbon trim with tiny bow accents. SO cute!

The pattern also says Simple to Make.

Their description is:

"Junior misses' and misses' one-piece dress and slip: Both views of this charming, Simple-To-Make dress feature 4-piece skirt gathered to bodice with short kimono-type sleeves and a bateau neckline. V. 1 has a wide, purchased ribbon sash at the waist. V. 2 has 2 rows of ribbon trimming upper part of bodice with ribbon bows tacked at front. Slip, both views, has full skirt gathered to a bodice with straight-cut upper edge, narrow shoulder straps."

They suggest fabrics of (for the dress): cottons, rayons, synthetics, silks; velveteen, sateen, embroidered cottons, dotted Swiss, organdy, blends, taffeta, brocade, shantung, satin. (for the slip): cottons, rayons, synthetics.

The rest of the standard measurements on this are:

Bust: 32

Waist: 25

Hip: full skirt

length: 45" (slip 44.5")

Although this has been cut, the envelope is in very sturdy condition with only very minor wear at the corners, and a couple of thumbprint sized smudges: one on the back and one on the front.

We are a member of the Vintage Fashion Guild, The VFG.

Item ID: PT-014

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Vintage 1956 Simplicity Fit and Flare Party Dress Pattern #1878


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Mary Henderson
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