1950s | Dresses

1950’s Christmas Dress

November 13, 2012

Hi Everyone!  I have been a lurker on here for a while and this is my first post. 🙂


I fell in love with this barbie as soon as she was released and decided to make myself a Christmas dress inspired by her.

Yuletide Yummies 2012 Barbie

I used Butterick 5556, a retro pattern from 1955, and altered the neckline.  My Christmas dress is made of emerald green taffeta with red lace edging and red and green plaid taffeta sash.  I also put a back zipper in instead of the side zipper as the pattern called for.

My 1950s Christmas Dress

Figuring that I would be dry cleaning this dress anyway, I opted to sew a petticoat on to the lining.  I used red netting with a red lace ruffled edging over pongee lining.

I also added red lace on the cuffs like the Barbie inspiration.

I finished this dress last week and wasn’t having very much luck finding some red and green plaid, so my mother-in-law gave me this plaid taffeta that she had.  It wasn’t quite enough fabric to make a bow like I would have liked, so I may change the sash if I can find some fabric that will work for me.  I am wearing this dress for our family Christmas photo and am hoping to find some by then, but just in case I don’t, at least I have this sash.

  1. I literally have Butterick 5556 sitting three inches from my computer. I plan to make myself a dress out of it for my niece’s wedding. What did you do at the neckline in the way of changes? Make it more open? I’m just trying to determine how your dress compares to what the finished product would have been.

    This is a fun look! Good job!

    1. Hi Becky,
      This one was view B and I didn’t add the collar and opened up the neckline more. It’s a pretty good pattern although I didn’t like the side zipper, so I just put it in the back seam instead. It would look good with the collars as well. 🙂

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