Subversive Femme

FO: A Christmas Pinny-dress, c. 1944 (Simplicity 1212)

Ahhh…. nothing like spending a hot Aussie Xmas in a comfortable cotton dress!






















The pattern is Simplicity 1212, a pinafore-dress from 1944. Not much to look at, but very easy and very comfortable.

Photo: Vintagepatternwiki

























Did I mention the pattern has little pockets?























The fabric is an adorable christmas border print, with ‘Merry Christmas’ in different languages written across the white background. I was really lucky to nab this on eBay, and had plans for a gathered skirt (similar to last year’s Christmas outfit) but there was just over three yards…























Hmm… A frantic search through my pattern collection came up with Simplicity 1212, and I was sure with some careful laying out and mods it should work.
























  • Added half an inch to each side at the waist
  • Cut the back on a fold to elimate the facing needed (save fabric), and…
  • Added side zipper so I can get into it!
  • Shortened the length of the underbust dart to avoid pointy boobs
  • Drafted a facing for the neck instead of using bias
  • Used leftover red hem fabric on the back belt tie as I was running out of fabric
vintage 1940s shoes pinafore dress sewing pattern miss l fire norma plus size christmas novelty print dress























Really happy! I would definitely use this pattern again. It’s very comfortable to wear and will be great for Christmas day when I’m running around cooking.


  • Dress – Simplicity 1212, me!
  • Shoes – Miss L Fire Norma
  • Bakelite bracelets and earring – Etsy, various
  • Bakelite brooch – GingerJindo , Etsy
  • Hairflower – Diva

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    kate steeper
    November 30, 2014 at 8:26 am

    love it ….meanwhile xmas in the uk will involve glittery thermals…joy

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    November 30, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Oh wow – that is stunning! And you look so lovely. Adore the beautiful jewellery as well x

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    November 30, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Lovely! That fabric is amazing! It looks great with your bakelite too ^___^

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    November 30, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Waow!!! LOVELY!
    I really love it on you…
    JOYEUX NOEL! yes, a little bit early…

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    December 1, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Adorable! I get a little jealous of wintery Christmas outfits, so it's nice to see an inspirational summer Christmas look. It's a cute pattern and suits that fabric so well. Lovely 🙂

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    December 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Aaw got to love a pinnie! haven't heard that word in yonks. Perfect for Christmas cooking.

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    Jessica Cangiano
    December 1, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    No word of a lie, this is my favourite vintage/vintage pattern made Christmas dress I've ever seen, dear Bex. Awesome job on it. You look sensational in it and have me wishing to no end that this was a store bought repro so that I could add one to my closet, too.

    ♥ Jessica

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    Claire Gittins
    December 2, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I love this! I'm loving the pockets and may have to copy them 😉
    You will look fab on Christmas Day!

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    December 3, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Those pockets are really quite something, aren't they!

    Great dress.

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    December 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    It's gorgeous, I love it!

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