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Rose Dress


5.00 out of 5

Rose is an iconic 1950s style frock; she’s our best-seller, and we’re sure you can see why! Her fit and flare style is designed to enhance your curves; the ideal confidante, she discretely skims over any sensitive areas and praises your best bits! The inverted pleats flatter all ages, and occasions too – from beach to bridal wear.

Rose Dress Instructions – French (PDF)


Wearing a net petticoat will make the skirt flare more exaggeratedly, emphasising the contrast between your waist and hips for an hourglass effect; although using a stiff brocade fabric often renders a petticoat unnecessary, thanks to the clever box pleats! Metallics, bold prints, satin and crepe make Rose perfect for any special occasion, whilst cottons, florals and denim see her transformed into a versatile day dress for all seasons – try wearing her with a shirt underneath as a pinafore for the chillier months! Alternatively, scuba and neoprene fabrics bring Rose to the cutting edge of fashion.

Rose is also very popular with brides – lengthening the hem and using ivory or white satin and lace makes her a classic and elegant 1950s wedding dress.

Please Note: all Sew La Di Da Vintage Dress Patterns are protected by copyright, and are for home use only.

Fabric Required:

  • 110cm width = 4m
  • 137cm width = 3.5m





Tools & Haberdashery:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Pins
  • Measuring Tape
  • Iron
  • Interfacing (25cm)
  • Thread
  • Invisible zip 20″-22″ /50.56cm long
  • Large table
Sizes 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
Bust 81cm / 32″ 86cm / 34″ 91cm / 36″ 96cm / 38″ 101cm / 104″ 106cm / 42″ 111cm / 44″
Waist 64cm / 25″ 69cm / 27″ 74cm / 29″ 79cm / 31″ 84cm / 33″ 89cm / 35″ 94cm / 37″
Hips 89cm / 35″ 94cm / 37″ 99cm / 39″ 104cm / 41″ 109cm / 43″ 114cm / 45″ 119cm / 47″

6 reviews for Rose Dress

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Thank you for such a gorgeous pattern. I really enjoyed making your 1950s Rose dress. The pattern was so easy to follow and I’m really pleased with the result

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Fantastic pattern with easy to follow instructions. Produced a great result despite my being home taught at the time when I made it. Recommended.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Beautiful dress and great easy to follow pattern!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    Excellent pattern made several dresses and had lots of comments on how nice they are. Highly recommend

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kerry Hullett

    Love it. One of easiest and most flattering dresses I’ve ever made.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sarah Lambert

    A satisfyingly simple sew. The instructions are really easy to follow and progress is fast making it a really addictive pattern – not a stitch unpicked in my first make of this, which is not like me. Great value pattern, especially when you know you’ll make it again and again in different fabrics. A joy to make from first cut to last stitch. There won’t be many occasions I go to where I’m not wearing a Rose! Can’t recommend this enough.

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