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Vintage Style 4248

Vintage Style 4248 (copyright 1985) was recently given to me by Sarah.  I so appreciate that people think of my girls when they are browsing patterns in op shops!  It only took about a minute for me to reach into my stash and pull out a length of soft spotted knit that Emma has also recently given me.  The finished dress really is a combined sewing bloggers effort!

Style 4248 copyright 1985 in knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

So, to the pattern.  As you’ve all noticed by now, batwing sleeves and cowl necklines are definitely back in fashion again.  It’s that thirty year cycle.  After taking a look at the pattern cover Clare was quite happy for me to sew up the view with the straight skirt – as long as I made the skirt shorter.  That’s easy to do with a rectangular pattern piece!

Style 4248 copyright 1985

I sewed view 3, in the girls size 10. There is plenty of ease in this pattern, and even though these styles are back in fashion, they are not usually worn as oversized as they were in the 1980s. I did year 12 in 1985, so this dress pattern is smack bang in the middle of my teens and early adulthood. I wonder how many of you had this exact dress back in the day?

Style 4248 copyright 1985 in knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

The fabric is super soft – it was originally from Darn Cheap Fabrics. The pattern is super simple. Front and back bodice pieces that integrate the sleeve. Rectangular cowl pattern piece, rectangular skirt pattern piece. A casing for waist elastic is made using the seam allowances where the bodice joins to the skirt. Easy peasy!

Style 4248 copyright 1985 in knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

As is often the case, construction was pretty much all on the overlocker. I did use the sewing machine to stitch down the waist casing and to do the skirt and sleeve hems. I think that this dress came together in less than an hour. Shortening the skirt to above the knee brings it into 2016 instead of 1985 – and of course, there are no raglan shoulder pads in this version of the dress!

Style 4248 copyright 1985 in knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

It really is worth taking another look at those late 1970s and early to mid 1980s patterns – check at your local op shop or if you are like me, just trawl back through your pattern stash! I love this dress on Clare, and she’s pretty happy with it too. A great tween style.

Style 4248 copyright 1985 in knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics


11 thoughts on “Vintage Style 4248

  1. I was 16 in 1985 but I preferred my straight skirts shorter then. I made myself a linen batwing jacket with shawl lapels that I wore with leggings and boots at 17. It is funny how current all that stuff is again now!

    What a great dress and the fabric is perfect!

  2. You’re model is a stunning little woman!
    I don’t usually like dresses like this, but she makes me feel as though every lady should have one. 😄 Excellent work!


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