The Evelyn Dress

Go retro with the 1940s-inspired Evelyn Dress, a tea-party frock with two feminine collar styles, two lengths and a swishy fit-and-flare silhouette.

Be it a special occasion or just a spell of sunny weather, we’ll take any excuse to stitch ourselves a new floral frock – especially one with as many pretty vintage-inspired details as our issue 45 cover star!

The Evelyn Dress harks back to the timeless styles of the 1940s with her neat collar (with two styles to stitch), classic button-up bodice and swishy skirt. We’e gone all-out-feminine with Liberty prints from Alice Caroline for a retro look to dress up or down – just switch up your sandals for heels, and you’re tea-party ready!

The Evelyn Dress

The Evelyn Dress sewing pattern

This pattern is available with:  Simply Sewing, issue 45

Sizes: UK sizes 6-20 (US 4-18/Eur 34-38)

Practise your skills:

  • Sew and attach a collar
  • Add an elasticated waste
  • Insert sleeves
  • Make buttonholes

Simply Sewing Evelyn Dress

You will need

  • Dress A main fabric: 140cm (55in) width fabric x 2.3m (212yds) for all sizes
  • Dress B main fabric: 140cm (55in) width fabric x 2.6m (3yds) for all sizes
  • Lightweight interfacing: 60cm (24in)
  • Elasic: 1cm (38in) width x length to fit your waist
  • Five 10-12mm (12in) diameter buttons
  • Matching thread

Fabric suggestions:

Light to medium weight cottons, crepe, rayon, viscose or linen.


Get the pattern: With issue 45 of Simply Sewing magazine.

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