1950s | Vintage Sewing

Upcycled Vintage 50s Border Print Dress

By on August 23, 2015

Karen Vallerius 50s dress

I had been saving this sheet for a project for a while (well, a couple of years!) and since I got a lovely new sewing machine last month, decided to turn it into the 50s inspired border print frock that poor old sheet had been dreaming about all that time!!  I drafted a simple pattern with the help of some vintage “And so to Sew” booklets produced by the National Dressmaking Service in Glasgow in the 50s – no guessing that the skirt was simply the width of the border print fabric cut to length.  I also got to use some pretty vintage buttons which my Dad found for me (yes, he is a fully trained Buttoneer!)  More on my blog.

Karen Vallerius 50s dress (7)

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1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

My First Vintage Make!

By on August 22, 2014

Hi there everyone! I’m Beth, I’m 18 years old, I’ve been sewing for just under a year and I have just completed my first vintage project!

I used Simplicity 2497, which I picked up at a vintage fair held at my town’s civic hall for £10. My favourite clothing era has to be the fifties, and I’m really excited I have finally been able to make my own 50’s style dress. I made a few alterations – shortening both the bodice and the skirt rather significantly (the skirt pieces reached my ankles!) , and left off both the facings (replaced with bias binding) and the sleeves. I love the button down front though, and the pleated skirt gives a cleaner look than gathers would have done I think. I am really happy with the finished result! (Apologies for my incredibly amateurish self photography…)


For more details, feel free to take a look at my blog. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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1950s | 1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Shelf bust dress – by Sarah Belinda

By on March 24, 2013

Hello 🙂

This is my first post on We Sew Retro.

I’ve just seen the new Gertie shelf bust dress pattern and I’m sure you’re very excited about this so I thought you would like to see my version that I made a while back.

My influence was a dress worn by Elizabeth Taylor and a 1960s chiffon scarf which I pleated for for the shelf. The main dress is silk dupion.

If you would like to see more pictures and a few other Vintage inspired things that I’ve made – visit my guest post on LucyLovesYa my favourite blog!

Hope you’re all going to post your Gertie’s dress on We Sew Retro. I look forward to it.

Keep Sewing…

Sarah Belinda.

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