Enid Gilchrist

Enid Beatrice Gilchrist OAM (d. 17 October 2007) , was an Australian fashion designer, who became well-known for her numerous self-drafting sewing pattern books which were very popular in the 1950s to 1970s.

Enid studied dress design at Melbourne Technical College and during World War II worked as a dressmaker for a pattern firm. She worked with the Victorian Infant Welfare Department and the Kindergarten Union to produce a series of patterns for babies and young children. She later taught dress design at Footscray Technical College and the Emily Mcpherson College.

Enid began to make patterns using a pattern-drafting method and later joined New Idea magazine, where she published articles and patterns and produced sewing books showing clothes which people could make up from the pattern drafts.

Partial Bibliography

Baby book: layette and garments to 2 years

Boy and girl clothes: boys 10-12 years, girls 10-14

Boys and girls: pattern books 5-9 years

Casual clothes

Clothes for your baby by Enid Gilchrist

Clothes for your children

Enid Gilchrist baby book: 35 great designs to sew for babies and toddlers

Enid Gilchrist patterns for 9 to 11

Enid Gilchrist's 150 fancy dress ideas

Enid Gilchrist's 70s styles: more than 70 basic designs for mature figures

Enid Gilchrist's maternity wear

Enid Gilchrist's pinnies 'n' things: to make for fetes and gifts

Enid Gilchrist's play clothes: 6 months to 6 years

Enid Gilchrist's toddlers clothes: boys & girls 18 months to 3 1/2 years

Enid Gilchrist's Under 5 fashions: from babies to pre-school

Fashions for women: an Enid Gilchrist book

Kindergarten set: patterns 3 to 6

Mix'n'match for girls and boys 5-9 years

Patterns for women and

Preschool clothes

Six to nine years: boy and girl clothes

Suits and dresses: from 5 to 12 years

Toddlers' clothes

Undies, beach and sleep wear: 7 months to 7 years


  • Enid Gilchrist (nd) Sewing is Simple with Enid Gilchrist: 29 Great Designs for Children: A New Idea Special Publication


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