Dress from Schwabe – Der neue Schnitt June 1957

by SwinginCat on May 9, 2013 · 20 comments

in 1950s,Dresses

Hello Ladies,

I wished for a long time a Hawaiian inspired dress. After I then ordered fabric from the USA, I have found the perfect pattern. From the “Schwabe der neue Schnitt” from June 1957 comes this great piece.

Unfortunately I have to be brief because my English has not improved even since the last time :)

The dress has a beautiful sweetheart neckline, a pleat in the back skirt for more movement and a bolero actually part of it, but the fabric was not enough.

Unfortunately it is a tiny bit too tight, but I hope that I easily get it under control with a little less ice cream and much more hula.


Oh, and that’s the original:




And the whole history of sewing this dress called “Tropenkleid” (tropicdress) you can see here.

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Anthea May 9, 2013 at 4:06 am

Great dress! The fabric is gorgeous!


Noelle May 9, 2013 at 5:30 am

That is absolutely gorgeous! Love your little hula dance!


Jessamyn May 9, 2013 at 7:23 am

Your dress is charming, your English even more so!


Katherine May 9, 2013 at 8:53 am

Your animated pics always make me smile. Love it! :D


Lauren May 9, 2013 at 8:54 am

Too fun! This dress is spectacular.


MB@FabricUiPhoneApp May 9, 2013 at 9:06 am

my goodness, I love this dress. The fabric! Where did it come from? It’s hard to find dress fabric in a retro print. And this is fabulous! Most retro prints I see these days are in the Quilting aisle, and they just don’t work. And the pockets. Most adorable.


Michelle May 9, 2013 at 10:30 am

You’re adorable! That GIF is phenomenal!


thedaisyepoch May 9, 2013 at 10:55 am

Sehr gut! Ihr Kleid ist schön!

See? Your English is much better than my German! Oh well, I tried at least! :)

And yes, you did a great job. Your retro-looking fabric is a fabulous choice!


novemberfoxtrot May 9, 2013 at 12:11 pm

oh that’s beautiful!


Jennifer May 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I love it! You did a great job!


mariebayarea May 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Damn. That’s a beautiful dress and a totally delightful post. You look ready for Paradise Island.


Jeannie Watt May 9, 2013 at 3:24 pm



lunefantasy May 9, 2013 at 8:44 pm

it’s very beautiful !!!!


Rebecca May 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Your English is wonderful! And your dress is so pretty! Well done!


EmSewCrazy May 9, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Beautiful! You did an excellent job! Enjoy the hula!!


Caroline May 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Oh this made my day! Laughed out loud with your cuteness! Beautiful dress!


Inkdork May 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm

LOL Your English is so much better than my German! I’m not even sure I could discuss the weather now I’ve forgotten to much.

Love the dress, the fabric is great!


SwinginCat May 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Thank you all very much :D


BeaW May 12, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Oh la la that’s what I can a wiggle dress, and you wiggle in it very nicely. Very cute animation. The dress is beautiful, great shape on you. And the print is too die for. Well done!!


Kelsey May 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Your dress is lovely. Considering I took three years of German and couldn’t say what you did I think your English is quite good :) (Oh and you taught me a new German word Tropen! New one for me! Thanks!)


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