1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

A Vintage Dress in Blackpool

By on May 28, 2015


Hello, I want to share with you a 50s style dress that I made recently. It is with retro print fabric by 20th Century Cloth which I loved as it is 150cm wide … we all love a circle skirt! The pattern is an Eliza M one, which again I love – it fits well. I altered it ever so slightlyΒ but it was easy to do.

The dress was perfect for a stroll on the beach and then a trip to Blackpool Tower Ballroom. I felt just the part. I also wore my favourite Christian Dior vintage sunnies… ever hopeful of a sunny afternoon…


Hope you like it. I recommend having a look at 20th Century Cloth for fabrics – they have some gorgeous prints for vintage dressmaking.

If you want to pop on to my blog’s project page and see anything else I have made then click here.

Loving all of your beautiful designs and makings. Thanks for reading!

Lucy x

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1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

50s circle star print dress with vintage sunnies

By on September 15, 2013

I made this 50s dress recently for a wedding. Although you can’t see the arms – it is sleeveless. I lined the bodice but left the skirt unlined so that I can wear it with a nice full petticoat when the urge takes me πŸ™‚ Fortunately the fabric width was 146cm making it wide enough for a circle.

Wearing a dress that you’ve made yourself always feel kind of special – and retro inspired always feels so feminine.

The rest of my outfit is vintage inspired – clutch bag and a Vivienne Westwood blazer and pair of heels with genuine Dior sunnies that I cherish!

Hope you like and pop to my blog if you fancy a look through some more of my latest makes!


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1950s | Aprons | Vintage Sewing

50s Housewife Apron inspired by a Teacup & saucer !

By on February 4, 2013

Hi Everyone.

Thought I would post up the apron that I made for my latest blog post. I’ve started a monthly inspiration challenge, this month was a Vintage T.Limoges Teacup and Saucer – and this was my contribution ! πŸ™‚

The fabric is very pretty and is printed to look like embroidery, even close up. In fact, I loved the print so much, it was hard to cut into it, for fear of losing some of the pattern. Used as much of it as I could. The gold trim was to add a bit a bit of decadence – just like the Cup and Saucer !

If you’d like to see more of what we made – head over to my blog www.lucylovesya.com – hope to see you there.

Keep up the good work here ! I love your creations and have a nose at them regularly πŸ™‚

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1940s | 1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Horrockses vintage dress

By on December 11, 2012

Good morning πŸ™‚

I made this vintage Butterick dress a little while back. Thought you might like to see it as the fabric is Horrockses, from the V & A.


It was pretty straight forward – although I literally had to squeeze the waist ties out of the last bits of fabric and do pleats instead of gathers to make it work.. that’ll teach me to not buy enough! πŸ™‚


All in all though, I was happy with the results and love the fabric!

I look forward to seeing more of your creations soon… what are you making?

If you want to see more of my projects.. or tutorials.. pop over to my blog www.lucylovesya.com

Lucy xx

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1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

My home made 50s lace wedding dress

By on November 18, 2012

Hello! With my first post last week I mentioned that I made my own wedding dress recently and asked if you’d like to see it. Some ‘yes’ replies have prompted me to post it here πŸ™‚

It’s lace with an under layer of satin silk. I used a pattern for the top part and the skirt kind of evolved over time from slightly gathered to several panels (the lace was only wide enough for this rather than full circle) which were un-noticeable once finished. It was boned – it’s funny wedding dresses have a surprising amount of layers which I thought would be bulky, but not at all. I think I added four layers of netting in total for a full 50s look.

I really wanted something quite simple and of course, 50s inspired. The rest of the wedding was quite kitsch and I didn’t want to over do it on the dress!
We got married in a theatre and although it was winter it was warm enough for no sleeves – Β I did make a little lace jacket too just in case but didn’t get around to wearing it!

My lovely friend, Sarah Belinda who is a dressmaker who helped me with it, surprised me by sewing in a scalloped edge on the petticoat – really pretty. The satin silk trim on the waist was a late addition.

If anyone is thinking of making their own wedding dress – I really recommend it. I’m very happy to give any advice (that I can) you can leave a comment here or email me via my site www.lucylovesya.com

Thanks for looking! πŸ™‚ xx


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A kitsch print 50s inspired dress

By on November 13, 2012

Hello, this is my first post on here! I made a 50s style dress over the weekend with a kitsch print.

I used the Vogue 8766 for the top but because the skirt for this particular pattern was a full circle and my fabric just wasn’t wide enough, I cut out rectangles and gathered instrad for the front and back pieces, then obviously cut the back piece in half for the zip!

I do love bows – and wasn’t sure if the dress was enough, what with the full on pattern.. but I’m liking it.

It’s fully lined with one layer of netting.

The fit is good – next time I post, I will model my offering πŸ™‚ I recently made my wedding dress which was lace and again in a 50s style… would anyone like to see this?

So glad to have found this site – their are some amazingly pretty outfits.

If you’d like to find out more about me, then pop over to my blog:


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