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September 4, 2013

Retro Pattern Review – Simplicity 4878

By Andrea

For this week’s retro pattern review, I finally have the long awaited flower girl dress! The pattern I used was Simplicity 4878, as chosen by you, NPR readers!


I had free reign on fabric choice, so Ella and I picked a black and pink polka dot cotton with a little bit of glitter, and a pink satin ribbon to add a sash.


The pattern went together easily, however it called for making bias binding out of the leftover bits for the neck and armholes. I found that I only had fiddly bits of fabric left, that would have been a bit of a pain to make bias tape out of, so I just went with a plain black bias tape instead.


The dress buttons up the back instead of a zip, which I thought was a nice feature, since I could dress it up a little more with a fancier button.


Here’s the flower girl practicing for her big role!


The dress coordinated well with her pink crinoline which she had already – you can see the extra fullness it gave, and a bit of pink lace poking out of the bottom.

Overall a very easy to sew pattern, with a very cute result!

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14 Responses to Retro Pattern Review – Simplicity 4878

  1. Penny Reply

    September 4, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Perfect! Sweet, charming and nostalgic…both girl and dress! She looks very happy with it and I’ll bet she felt like a little princess.

    • Andrea Reply

      September 6, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Thanks, Penny! Yes, she was proclaiming herself to be a princess a few times that day 🙂

  2. Sara In AZ Reply

    September 4, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Oh my gosh……ADORABLE!!!!!! Ella and the dress look FAB – great job Andrea!

    • Andrea Reply

      September 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Thanks, Sara! I am super pleased with how this one came out! Everyone at the wedding thought Ella looked great.

  3. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    September 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Aww! Look how pretty she is! You did a great job. The dress is just beautiful and I love the little petticoat peeking out.

    • Andrea Reply

      September 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks, Eartha! Ella loved her petticoat, kept showing it off to everybody, LOL

  4. Libby Reply

    September 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    OMG this is just precious. If I had little girls I’d learn to sew just to make this <3

    • Andrea Reply

      September 6, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Thanks, Libby! 🙂

  5. RetroRuth Reply

    September 4, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Oh! So cute!!! And that dress is just perfect.

    • Andrea Reply

      September 4, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      Thanks, Ruth! 🙂

  6. Dee Reply

    September 4, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Gorgeous flower girl! She is stunning in her dress!

    • Andrea Reply

      September 4, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Thanks, Dee! 🙂

  7. jessica Reply

    April 1, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I have this same pattern, in sizes 3 and 6. My mom gave them to me last year. They had originally been used to make Easter dresses for her cousins. I happened to find a piece of pink ticking stripe cotton (that was just barely big enough for two dresses) that will look sort of like view 1. These were printed around 1963-64, so my girls will have 50-year-old Easter dresses this year.

    • Andrea Reply

      April 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Very cute, Jessica! I am sure your girls will look fantastic!

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