choice of colours

by mrsbeevintage on March 21, 2012 · 14 comments

in Vintage Sewing

Hi guys i have been asked to make vintage dresses for a vintage shop…1950s summer dresses, what colours would you choose?

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vintageattempt March 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I am on a yellow kick at the moment, so personally that is what I would go for.
But pinks, baby blue, robin egg, etc. All have a very summery feel to them and just make me happy when I see 50s dresses done in them :)


vintageattempt March 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm
Ofir March 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Happy colors/prints :)


Miss Virginia March 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Turquoise! :)


parismegs March 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm

red, or a cherry print :-)


DEE March 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Robin Egg Blue, Pink, Westeria Purple, Coral, Tangerine, Grass Green, Sunflower yellow


tinapickles March 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Yellow, bright green (think more Granny Smith apple, and less grass green), turquoise, Coral/Tangerine, a bright but dark pink (not baby pink), white…


Anni March 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Turquoise and yellow are my votes! Maybe some cute patterns too, flowers, cherries, hearts? :)


Christina March 21, 2012 at 9:34 pm

The 50s were known for pastel sherbet-like colors. So the colors of raspberry sherbet, orange sherbet, pineapple sherbet, lime sherbet–if there were blueberry or grape sherbet, I am sure those colors would work too. Rose prints, polka dots, stripes, & gingham are all patterns that work for the 50s.


Beatrice Winter March 22, 2012 at 2:57 am

I think bright colours are always a winner, maybe pastels, floral prints and gingham. Please show them off once you’ve made them.


LadyD March 22, 2012 at 4:04 am

Pastels are very ‘in’ at the moment.
Personally I’m quite fond of a pastel pink or blue. I would say florals and subtle stripes are also a fave.


Beth March 22, 2012 at 6:33 am

Don’t forget that we can’t all wear the same colors. Try to get some warmer shades, too. Buttery yellow (not lemony), prints with tan or ivory backgrounds, floral prints with warm greens (not cool, minty), prints including touches of chocolate brown.


Sarah March 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Pastels are supposed to be in this spring, or go for the Pantone Spring Colour palette to be really up to date!


mrsbeevintage March 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Thanks ladies, thats a great help,definantly going to include a
turquoise maybe with a cream collar with tan piping!! Coral also a
Possibility…busy this week but of fabric shopping next monday :) )


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