Enid Gilchrist

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Enid Beatrice Gilchrist OAM (died 17 October 2007)[1] 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 (now Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) 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.

While her books were published without dates, they can be grouped by reference to the decimalization of Australian currency in 1966, demonstrated by the price on the cover.

Earliest Publications

  • No. 1 Clothes for Your Baby
  • No. 2 Toddlers' Clothes
  • No. 3 Pre-school Clothes (3-4 Years)
  • No. 4 Betweens (4-6 Years)
  • No. 5 Sixes and Sevens
  • No. 6 Boys and Girls (8-10 Years)
  • No. 7 Dresses for your Daughter

Publications before 1966

  • Baby Book
  • Toddlers' Wardrobe
  • Three to Six
  • Play Clothes
  • Little Coats and Dresses (0-6 Years)
  • Six to Nine Years
  • Suits and Dresses (5-12 Years)
  • Boy and Girl Clothes
  • Undies, Beach and Sleep Wear
  • Junior Teens and Smaller Women
  • Women and Teenagers
  • Basic Fashion for Women
  • Doll's Clothes

Publications Circa 1966

  • Teenagers and Small Women
  • Under Five Fashion
  • 150 Fancy Dress Ideas
  • Teen Dolls
  • Pinnies and Things
  • Sleep Wear and Undies
  • 3 to 6
  • Maternity Wear
  • Casual Clothes (6-15 Years)

Publications Post 1966

  • Seventy Styles from the Basic Pattern
  • Fancy Dress
  • Boys and Girls (5-9 Years)
  • Over-20 Styles
  • Girls' Gear (5-12 Years)
  • Ten to Teens (10-15 Years)
  • Kindergarten Set (3-6 Years)
  • Home Maker Book
  • Smocks and Maternity Wear
  • Mix'n'Match: For Girls and Boys 5-9 Years


  • Enid Gilchrist (nd) Sewing is Simple with Enid Gilchrist: 29 Great Designs for Children: A New Idea Special Publication
  • Enid Gilchrist (nd) Dresses for your Daughter: Enid Gilchrist Pattern Book No. 7
  • Enid Gilchrist (nd, pre-1966) Six to Nine Years: Boy and Girl Clothes
  • Enid Gilchrist (nd, circa 1966) Teenagers and Small Women
  • Enid Gilchrist (nd, post-1966) Seventy Styles from the Basic Pattern: Bust Sizes 34-44


  1. ^ "Funeral Notice". Archived from the original on 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2008-03-23.  Text of Funeral Notice from Sunshine Coast: 23 October 2007

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