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1963 – Simplicity Patterns for Petites

Mid-century patterns for the home sewer

Model Stephanie Wanger Models Simplicity Pattern 5069 for Shirt Look 2 Piece Dress
Model Stephanie Wanger Models Simplicity Pattern for Shirt Look 2 Piece Dress

This 1963 article from Good Housekeeping August edition reveals a few classic looks from the sixties. Styling had changed from the fifties. The model is still wearing gloves, but she has no hat and her clothes are relaxed.

Simplicity #5076 Dress with Self Belt - Good Housekeeping Aug 1963
Simplicity #5076 Dress with Self Belt – Good Housekeeping Aug 1963

All of the fashions were modeled by Stephanie Wanger (daughter of Walter Wanger and Joan Bennett).

1963 Skimmer Simple princess cut Simplicity pattern with a bit of flare.  Made of wool
1963 Skimmer Simple princess cut Simplicity pattern with a bit of flare. Made of wool
Simplicity #4676 1963 V Necked Jumper

V-necked jumper with self-tie belt. Simplicity #5097. Blouse sewn in silk shantung with bow tie. Simplicity #4676

Uncluttered clothes flatter her slight figure.

Good Housekeeping specialized in affordable fashions for the everyday mid-century woman. I always enjoy reading their mid-century fashion articles and comparing them to standard fashion magazines such as Vogue or Glamour. Good Housekeeping points the reader to the fabric store where they can choose fabrics and styling accessories for their own creation. Mid-century women typically sewed to save money. Today’s women sew for themselves not to save money, but to express their creativity, create quality garments, and to have clothes with a personalized fit.

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