1950s

Simplicity 4015 (1952)

May 17, 2009


The original. I have this weird affection for wrap dresses. I’ve been chasing this one for a while and finally snagged it off of eBay. Dated 1952. Project photo set here.

It has the biggest pockets I’ve ever encountered. Not complaining, I just find it amusing.


Can you believe I actually found shoes that match the fabric??

This is shown without shoulder pads or crinoline. I have fairly square shoulders so it fit me just fine without pads (and, frankly, the idea of putting pads in kimono sleeves strikes me as kind of weird). Everything else is made just as the pattern dictated.

This was a nice, easy, pattern. My only minor quibble is that the bodice, since it’s simplified, is not very fitted and looks a bit sloppy. Not a lot sloppy, though, and I’ll freely admit that it looks much better on a body than it does on a hanger. I was pretty sure it was going to be a shapeless horror when I saw it in pieces, but I was mostly wrong. The back even stays closed better than I expected.

Mom calls this the “Waffle House waitress” dress since I made it with brown trim in a print that includes orange dots amid the blue ones. Ha ha.

  1. One of my fave patterns is a 1952 Simplicity wrap dress, slightly different, but also V-neck, patterns are in side seams. I have broad shoulders and found the bodice works better with some thin shoulder pads (I recycled them from a blouse that did not need them). Trudy’s right, that type of pattern is the most versatile.

  2. I LOVE wrap dresses too!!! Your dress is very well done and I don’t think the bodice looks sloppy. I think we’re so used to the vintage/50’s patterns having such fitted bodices, that when we come across one that isn’t, it seems “off”. But of course, this looks great and the shoes are just perfect!

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