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with Laura Nash
Online Class

Sewing Vintage: The Flirty Day Dress

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Learn how to sew a vintage dress complete with 1950's-era details. Vintage sewing expert Laura Nash guides you through pattern preparation and personalized bust and length alterations. Laura will be there every step of the way as you construct your timeless bodice with a lining, gathered sleeves and a contrasting trim. Then, sew your flared skirt with patch pockets, and gather it into your bodice before adding a waist stay and lapped zipper. Hand-finish your skirt in retro fashion by easing in the wide circle skirt hem in one simple step. As a bonus, you'll learn to create a custom petticoat that gives your skirt perfect vintage flair.

Note: Simplicity Pattern 8691 is no longer available for purchase with this class, but can be purchased from A link is included in the class materials.


  • intermediate
  • 8 episodes
  • 4h23m

Included in this Class

1. Meet Laura Nash

1. Meet Laura Nash

Meet Laura and start to think about fabric choices for your Tia dress.

2. Pattern Prep

2. Pattern Prep

Learn how to prepare your pattern by choosing a size, adjusting the bust and adjusting the length to tailor your dress perfectly.

3. Cutting

3. Cutting

Get started on your vintage dress with cutting, pinning and marking your fabric. Then work on checking the bodice fit.

Recommended with this class

  • Simplicity Pattern 8691 Sew Chic Misses' Dresses (available at