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August 7, 2013

Retro Pattern Review – Style 4641

By Andrea

While I was digging through my stash looking for a flower girl dress pattern, I came across this pattern from 1974, Style 4641. Super cute, and perfect for the fabric that Ella picked out a couple of weeks ago!


I decided to go for the sleeveless view, and to skip the ric rack since the princess fabric is pretty busy. Loved the little bow, though, so I decided to use that element.


Not many alterations to this pattern. Made the bodice a little bigger to get more wear out of it. I was going to lengthen it, but there was a 2-1/4″ hem allowance, and I decided to do a rolled hem.


This pattern really went together quickly and easily, and came out super cute! Although it’s from ’74, I find it’s got almost even more of a vintage vibe to it, with the half circle skirt and bow.


Although it will be good for the rest of the summer, come fall Ella can put a long sleeved shirt and leggings underneath, and get some more wear out of it.


And most importantly, Ella loves her new dress!

Also – as decided by popular vote last week, the flower girl dress will be Simplicity 4878!


Stay tuned – I will be doing a retro pattern review and progress updates for this one as well!

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8 Responses to Retro Pattern Review – Style 4641

  1. Lassie Reply

    August 7, 2013 at 9:48 am


    Just almost too adorable for words! The dress is beautiful. I have to say, I don’t get the little differences that make something have a ‘retro’ vibe. If you hadn’t shown it was a 1974 pattern, I wouldn’t know. My eye is untrained to detect retro in a circle skirt or bow. But it’s been a long time since I had my own little girl to sew things for.

    • Andrea Reply

      August 7, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Thanks, Lassie! I think this particular dress is a timeless look for a little girl, really. Sometimes it is good that you can’t pin point the era that it is from 🙂

  2. Cindy Reply

    August 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    What a sweet little dress! I bet Ella loves it!

    • Andrea Reply

      August 7, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      Thanks, Cindy! Ella sure does love it – she doesn’t want to take it off!

  3. Sara In AZ Reply

    August 7, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Oh my gosh…..how adorbs…..Ella AND the dress! Great job Andrea!

    And WHOO-HOO, so excited to see Simplicity 4748 in a finished dress…that was my vote!!!

    • Andrea Reply

      August 7, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      Thanks, Sara! The Simplicity pattern won by two votes, so one of them was yours! 😉

  4. RetroRuth Reply

    August 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    So cute!!! What a little doll! 🙂

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