1950’s Retro Dress

Hi! My name’s Claire and this is my first post on this amazing blog. I’ve been reading it for a while now and have been meaning to contribute – only problem is I hate photos. Finally after a couple of wines with my very best friend I decided it was time to share….

This is a dress I made about a year ago – I just happened to have it on so decided to show it to you guys. I am obsessed with the 1950’s fashions and make and wear my own reproductions most days (I’m lucky enough to have a job with no dress code!). I’m not sure what the fabric is – I brought it at a vintage fair. If feels like a cotton/synthetic blend and is quiet thick. As you can see in the close up picture it has a self stripe that is part of the weave. If anyone know what this is I’d love to know – for some reason I assumed it was from the 1970’s??

The pattern is something that I drafted myself. I find that ready made pattern hardly ever seem to fit me well- weather new or vintage – and that it’s easier to start from my own blocks than alter something. I can’t remember where the idea came from. I have a large collection of inspiration from the 50’s and tend to take elements from a lot of different designs to create my own thing. My two favourite things about this dress are the beautiful boarder print which looks like it was meant to be a full skirt. And the pleated bodice which I think makes me look a little bustier than I actually am. Hope you like it…..

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I'm a gal who loves both the fashion of the 1950's and sewing. I can think of nothing better than spending a day sewing a great new frock then spending the night with my lovely husband and wonderful friends wearing my newest creation and having a blast.





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  • This is gorgeous – that fabric was made for this dress! I’m glad you’ve joined us :D

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  • Wow! I love this dress! Especially the pleated bodice and fabric. You also did a great job with your hair. Completely in style.

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  • what a fabulous frock!

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  • Red, white, and blue is one of my favorite color combinations!

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  • Gorgeous dress, and the perfect fabric for it! Wonderful job!

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  • Love, love , love this!!!!!

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  • I love this dress, well done – and I dont think you have anything to worry about photo wise.

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  • that is so gorgeous! I agree that fabric is made for that dress. Thanks for sharing.

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  • “I love it!” – in a sing song voice!

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  • Oh, this is beautiful and it suits you to the t!
    You look lovely (also the hair). Perfect fabric, perfect design, perfect fit!!

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  • What a fabulous dress. The fabric is to die for. Love it!!

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  • Completely adorable! Love your fabric choice, and the fit is amazing!

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