1950s | Vintage Sewing

1956 Vogue pattern

June 3, 2013

I used a Vogue vintage pattern from 1956- number 8830. Fabric is a linen/silk shantung that has a gorgeous sheen, and the collar and cuffs are from a yard of silk I got from Mood. Four inverted pleats on the skirt–I added the belt looks to cinch it in tighter if need be. Fun dress to make, relatively simple. Didn’t make the bolero, I didn’t have enough fabric–this took 4 yards at 60″ wide.  Big skirt!

  1. How perfectly elegant! I have some of my late mother’s dress patterns from the same time period–can’t wait to get through my current pile of “must finish” projects to make some of these just for the sheer joy of it. 🙂

  2. I love this dress! And your version doesn’t need the bolero- it looks complete as it is, probably because of the contrast color & cuffs. Such a classic style.

    And these gorgeous New Look dresses just fly through fabric. I imagine women back then, after the Depression where they couldn’t afford much fabric, and then the War when it was rationed, just going nuts: “I can have ALL the fabric I want! If I want to put four yards in the dress, and four more in the lining, and throw in one or two crinolines, I can!”

  3. Gorgeous job, love your choices of color and fabric. So wonderful to see women having style and wearing these dresses, I am about to make my first one in this style too. Congrats…

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