Vintage Style Babydoll Dress

7 Materials
5 Hours

I was thinking about my next sewing project and I decided I wanted to try my hand at something vintage. Using an authentic 1960’s sewing pattern, I made the most beautiful babydoll house dress with pockets.

Tools and materials:

  • Pattern
  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Marker
  • Sewing machine
1960s dress with pockets

The 1960’s pattern had a few versions of the dress. I was pretty set on making the long dress with long sleeves but then I realized I didn’t have enough pink fabric. I decided to use a different fabric to get the dress I wanted. 

Pin the seams

Sew the center front and back 

The first thing I worked on was the center front and center back seam. 

Sew the seams

After pinning, I sewed and got a little confused. I had forgotten to leave the center back seam open above the notches but I managed to distinguish between the front and back in the end because they had a different amount of notches. 

1960s house dress

Work on the sleeves 

Next, it was time to move on to the sleeves. I was a little bit intimidated because I had never seen sleeves that looked like this. I took a few deep breaths and then stay stitched the edges. 

60s dress

To attach the sleeve facing, I matched up the notch on the sleeve and the notch on the facing and then pinned. 

60s babydoll dress

I took that over to my sewing machine and sewed it on. As I was sewing, I noticed that when it comes to 1960’s fashion, things start to become more functional. The clothes definitely moved in a more comfortable and easy to wear direction. 

Attach the sleeves to the dress

Back to the sleeves! Right sides together, I had to pin the front to the back and the back to the front. This step took a bit of maneuvering but once I had it all figured out it was easy. I then went ahead and sewed. 

60s dress with pockets

I pinned the shoulder seam and the other seam that actually extended into a dart. The dart would help to give some shape to the sleeve.

Pin the collar

Attach the collar 

Feeling a lot better about the sleeves, I moved on to work on the collar. I applied interfacing on one collar piece and stitched both pieces, right sides together, leaving the notched edge open. 

Trim the seams

I then clipped the corners and trimmed the seams nicely. 

60s house dress

I turned out the collar and gave it a really good press with my iron. I also went ahead and stitched in the ditch so that the facing wouldn’t roll. 

Pin the collar to the dress

Next, I pinned the collar to the neckline matching up notches. I then basted it to the neckline.

Vintage 1960s dress

Sew on the zipper

With the collar sewed on, I moved on to attach the zipper at the back. I had to unpick the top of the back seam because I had forgotten to leave it open at the start of the project. The zipper went really well which was surprising because it can be a little tricky. 

Sew the underarm and side seams

Attach the pockets 

Next, I sewed the underarm and side seams but I made sure to leave a gap between the two dots I had made earlier because that is where I would insert the pockets. 

Pin and sew the pocket pieces

This wasn’t my first time attaching pockets but the method was a little different. I matched the pocket pieces to the inside seam of the dress so that the right sides were facing together, matching up the medium dots to make sure the pockets were aligned. Then, with the right sides together, I stitched the pocket pieces together. This technique was a little finicky but once all the pieces were in place, it wasn’t too bad. 

1960s style dress

Finish the dress 

I decided to make a belt to help give the dress a little more shape. All that was left to do was hem it. 

1960s dress pattern

I love my new flowing, 1960’s style house dress! Which vintage fashion decade is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! 

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  • Hayley Breshears Hayley Breshears on Jan 26, 2021

    Ohhhh  I might need to make a whole wardrobe of these for around the house!

  • Lalee Lalee on Feb 04, 2021

    Well I was 22 in 63 and that big heavy looking dress is not a baby doll style..sorry but moo moos were not for 23 yr olds or people your age..

    your a very good seamstress and have a good eye for what you want your project to look like,Lucille Ball and Loretta Young would probly wear this ..

    but this is not 60’s style Baby Doll..✌🏼