1951 Fashion Bureau

I’ve been lurking on Sew Retro for a while now – being inspired by everyone’s creations. I thought it was time to add one of my own.

Fashion Bureau 2559

I made this back around Easter of 2011. The pattern called it a “jumper-dress” – what I would call a pinafore. It came in an envelope labeled The Philadelphia Enquirer Fashion Bureau and has a postmark on it from September 1951. I assume it was a mail-order pattern from the newspaper.

Fashion Bureau 2559 cover

Fashion Bureau 2559 envelope

It was made from an old curtain which I got from ebay (about £10 for a pair I think – and I only used one of them).

It was my first time working with unmarked pattern pieces – just highlighted using holes in the very delicate tissue. I traced all the pieces onto modern paper. I guess you aren’t told every detail like you are in modern patterns – but it came out pretty well. I always get people asking about it when I wear it.

 

Here’s a better view of the front bodice detail.

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14 comments… add one

  • Oh! LOVE this. Great pattern, great fabric and great shoes!

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  • Wow! That fabric makes the dress. Even though the pattern is from the 50s, you look very 60s mod. Love it!

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  • Great dress, great fabric!

    Also, I want to steal your shoes! ;P

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  • Love the dress! The fabric is perfect for this, very true to the era, I think!

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  • Love love love this! Great job!

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  • TWO flippin’ amazing curtain frocks (my favourite genre) posted in one week. This one is sensational.

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  • Oh, wow! What an amazing dress :D
    That fabric is crazy amazing. Go the curtains!

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  • Wow I love this fabric. Green is one of my favorite colors and the print and style look great together!

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  • Glad I’m not the only one making vintage dresses out of curtains! I love it. What great colors. And I love the asymmetrical lines.

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  • Yay for curtain fabric :-) Repurposing stuff like that is awesome :-) Great dress!!

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  • Absolutely love everything about it!

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  • In honor of this and Jade’s recent curtain dress, we now have a ‘Made from Curtains’ category ;)

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  • I love this dress! You pick a great pattern and a great curtain to work with !!!

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  • Your shoes match the wrap around look! Very striking dress!

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