Vintage Sewing

A Rosy Pink 1950s Dress

September 7, 2011

Hello Ladies,

I have just finished sewing my dress for the 1950s sew-along I had on my blog, and here are the results! 

I used a drapey pink rayon for the main body of the dress, along with a lovely rose-print matte satin for the front panel.  This is the first time I’ve sewn B4790 using the contrasting fabric option, and I really think I rather like it!  I wore a crinoline with the skirt that is specially designed for the walkway dress, and I created a last-minute headpiece to complete the 50s look.  I just covered a crinoline frame with taffeta, then decorated it with ribbon and roses.  I wore a birdcage veil in front of the headpiece, then flipped it back over the top like Lucille Ball often wore her hats from back then.

The skirt is finished with a lettuce hem edge for the ruffly, almost “flower petal” hem, and I had the pictures taken in a massive rose garden which was the perfect setting for this floral inspired dress.  Hope you enjoy the pictures!  (You can read all about this dress and how to make a 1950 hairstyle on my blog).

Happy sewing!


  1. Wow, you've really given that dress some oomph! I was drawn immediately to the fabulous complimentary fabrics and lettuce hem (great idea!) then noticed the lovely lace detailing at midriff. So much attention given and amazing results.

    I'm almost tempted to give the pattern another go after seeing your dress! Ironically, while clearing out an old laptop bag on Friday I happened across the instructions for the pattern. Maybe its a sign… haha!

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