1950s | Dresses

A bright new dress.

October 12, 2012

Can I start by saying I’m loving the new Sew Retro vintage sewing patterns board over at Pinterest?!

Without it, this dress would never have existed… 😉

You see, I recently was cruising around on Pinterest & found this pattern on the Sew Retro board;

And I thought that dress would be perfect to make & wear to a friend’s wedding. So that’s what I decided to do. It was all a bit last minute, but it worked out in the end.

Unfortunately I didn’t have a copy of Vogue 9061 on hand. But it wasn’t to hard to modify the pattern for a simple shift dress (I used Vogue V8146) & turn it into this pattern. I posted some basic instructions for how I did this on my blog, Orchids in May.

The fabric I used was from my husband’s late grandmother’s fabric collection. It’s a Thai silk that I think she brought back from Thailand many many years ago. Despite the age, the colour of the fabric is brilliant – the photos don’t do it justice. I don’t know if it was the age of the fabric but it was really fragile & a little tricky to sew with. I ended up using a Hong Kong finish on all of the seams because I was petrified of it just unravelling before my eyes.

I’m really happy with how this dress turned out. I’m still thinking of making some changes to the bow at the back – at the moment it looks a little limp, but otherwise I’m pretty happy.


  1. Bows of this era are almost never actually bows, they’re really highly constructed elements that LOOK like bows. Usually the “knot” is a separate rectangle wrapped around the middle of a long interfaced loop, pinching it in to give it a bow look. It’s this sort of idea, except ’60s bows usually have soft pleats rather than gathering at the middle because of the heavy interfacing:


  2. Wow! Gorgeous pattern, gorgeous fabric, gorgeous dress. And might I add, you have a lovely figure, and that dress really looks great on you. Good luck with the bow. You’ll figure it out.

  3. Hello
    my name is Sonny and I am the owner of The Vintage Pattern Shop on eBay. We are the BIGGEST company worldwide, producing the LARGEST collection of reproduced Vintage Sewing Patterns, selling worldwide. I have just managed to get hold of this pattern and I would dearly love to use your pictures in the listing of it. I will be listing very soon on eBay, once it arrives in the post?

    There would be a free pattern of your choice from our shop on eBay. Below is the link.


    I hope you do not mind me asking. Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks and much appreciated. I will quite understand if you do not wish for me to use any pictures. If I don’t ask, I don’t get!

    The dress looks divine. Fabric striking. You look FANTASTIC!

    Thank you.
    Sonny x

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