1950s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

50’s polka-dot

By on June 28, 2013

Hello everyone))),

I am showing off my polka-dot 50’s dress this time. If you do 50’s style you have to have at least one polka-dot dress, so here’s mine.

polka-dot new look 50s dress
My polka-dot dress


It’s pretty simple, based on the basic pattern I have drafted using an old Soviet sewing book. Here it is on the right. I use a scanned version, but I’d love to have trhe hard copy))). I loooooove this book ’cause it helps me look and feel georgeous)))

The dress I am showing is not any specific vintage model or pattern. There are models I would love to repeat, but this time I just came up with the design in the spirit of those times and used vintage pattern-drafting techniques.


The dress is cut on the waist and under the brests, above the upper cut the fabric is gathered a bit to create more volume on the top and outline an hour-glass silouhette.

One more thing that works in that direction is a cape sleeve that is one detail with the bodice (sorry, do not know the right tirm in English)))) This type of sleeve makes your arms look slimmer because it’s not too tight, but not too big.

And the skirt is a half-cirle gathered on the waist 2:1 ratio.

The flower just clips on the dress – I was too lazy to make something and the dress really asked for some kind of an acent. I have found that 50’s cut is the most complinetary for my body, so i am finally loving my clothing))).

It is reeeeally hot now in Ukraine – over 40 degrees Celcium and most people when the can wear something that looks good enough for the beach. But since I stared wearing new look dresses to work I have noticed ladies in other offices have started wearing dresses more (including ones with full skirts)))). I wonder if it is just the coincidense?

Have fun sewing)))),

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Dress I have messed up)))

By on June 18, 2013

Hey ya’ll))))

Here’s my sad-funny story about a dress. This one was made this February. Some years ago Mom gave me a huge ammount of old fabric. My guess is it was made in USSR, because it smells mad feels exactly like red pioneer scarf I used to wear at school (yep, I’m old enough to have been a part of Soviet pioneer organization – something like boy/girl -scouts. I guess I got in last couple of bunches of pioneers because 2 years after that organization stopped existing). Anyways, she gave it to me ’cause she didn’t know where to use it and it only looked good enough for curtains or something on that kind.

When I fell in love with vintage I immediately saw this fabric turning into a dress in my mind. So, again, I have dratfted the pattern based on a Soviet sewing book published in mid 5o’s.

The funny/sad part happened at the photoshoot. I have spilled wine on my dress and when I washed it all the colours got messed up. I surely loved the dress, but didn’t get too upset. I thought I would make a couple of new ones instead))).


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1950s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

My first 50’s newlook dress

By on June 14, 2013

I have been admiring the amazing 50’s fashion for a couple of years at least. But never had the guts to really wear it. Here in Ukraine or almost any other post-soviet country being too different from everybody else is not a very cool thing. Especially if your work suggests a strict dress-code. You have to at least match one of the common trends and vintage is not one of them.

50s wiggle dress
My first 50s wiggle dress

Fortunatelly for me at me current work place I have more freedom in what to wear, so I am enjoying it big time))).

This is a first dress I made drafting the pattern by myself. I used an old Soviet sewing book published back in mid 50’s. Here’s the original pic from the book.

I used about 1,50 meters of pretty thick stretch fabric. This made the dress extremely comfy and easy to sew. Non-stretch fadric would have been more complicated for someone so in experienced in pattern drafting as I am.

50s wiggle dress
Original dress picture from the book

50's wiggle dress - front view
50's wiggle dress - front view

50's wiggle dress - back view
50's wiggle dress - back view

This has become my magic dress: I wear it when I need to look good, and when I don’t feel like dressing up, but still need to look nice.

One terrible thing about this dress. After I made it I had nothing to wear immediatelly))). Simply because nothing else looked as good on me as this one))).

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