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Need to channel Jackie Kennedy!

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    Profile photo of laura0819laura0819 @laura0819

    Hi ladies, I need some major help/inspiration. My daughter (age 8) needs to dress as Jacqueline Kennedy for her 3rd grade “Great Americans” day at school. I cannot find a simple shift dress pattern for girls (size 8-12) anywhere! You know the kind…sleeveless, simple, classic…something to wear with a pillbox hat and white gloves. Any suggestions?? I would love something with a matching jacket…dreaming big here. I’ve tried all the biggie pattern companies and as many independent designers as I can come up with. Nothing! Please help, thanks!

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    Profile photo of mcholley1mcholley1 @mcholley1

    Try vintage patterns on eBay. I adore sewing vintage butterick and simplicity. I go with chest size for sizing and remember they may be very short.

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    Profile photo of mcholley1mcholley1 @mcholley1

    Or what about an altered school photo dress??

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    Profile photo of NicoleNicole @motherof5

    Definitely vintage sewing patterns on eBay
    I may speak from experience …..

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    Profile photo of laura0819laura0819 @laura0819

    You ladies are awesome! Just look at what I found…vintage patterns, perfect size for her…I can’t wait to get started! They are EXACTLY what I had in mind. She’s going to be so excited. Problem solved. 🙂 Thank you all so very much!!!

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    Profile photo of laura0819laura0819 @laura0819

    And by the way…yes, I bought them ALL. Who could resist?!?

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    Profile photo of nancynancy @dollfancier

    How perfect! I’m here picking up a Pinwheel dress pattern and thought I’d visit! Nicole, I LOVE the Jiffy pattern in pink! I have a vague memory of having that outfit in the 60s! The Jackie outfit will be marvelous, of course. Can hardly wait to see the piccies of final results! xo, Nancy

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    Profile photo of Todd GibsonTodd Gibson
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    If you don’t want to go the vintage route (sizing issues, etc.) I second the comment about the School Photo Dress. People often call that the Jackie O. dress. A few easy modifications will get you exactly what you want.

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    Profile photo of ReeniReeni @Reeni

    I am late replying to this thread, but a contemporary pattern with a Jackie O. feel is New Look Kids 6018 — a zip-back jumper with matching coat.
    For a pillbox hat, the Bucket Hat from the O+S free patterns, without the brim, is perfect (for an 8 year old, try the 6 month size for it to sit on top of the head.) I made 22 of them for costumes this January… I took some off the back to accommodate dancer’s buns, but it works well. (Photo in the flickr pool.)

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