1950′s Retro Dress

by FiftiesFrocks on December 21, 2011 · 12 comments

in 1950s,Dresses

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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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Katherine December 21, 2011 at 9:16 am

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


Audrey/Aukje December 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

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


Kelly Arlene Grant December 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm

what a fabulous frock!


Miss Crayola Creepy December 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm

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


Frances December 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm

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


Janna December 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Love, love , love this!!!!!


Heapha December 21, 2011 at 6:43 pm

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


annamaria December 22, 2011 at 12:46 am

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


Trish Blair December 22, 2011 at 4:08 am

“I love it!” – in a sing song voice!


frifris December 22, 2011 at 10:35 am

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


sewbussted December 29, 2011 at 9:32 am

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


Flying Purple Hippos December 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

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


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