1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

My First Vintage Make!

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! 🙂

  1. WOW! You did a wonderful job and the fabric is fabulous. Tell me more about it. Where’d you find ii? What weight is the fabric. Are you wearing an crinoline? It has such GREAT poof! WTG! I just posted my first post on this site yesterday, but I’ve been sewing for years and blog about it as well as swing dancing, music, movies and more vintage stuff! Can’t wait to see the next one post!

    ~ Tam Francis ~

    1. thank you so much! i bought the fabric from a tiny little shop called Poppy’s Fabrics at my town’s market. It’s a fairly lightweight cotton, if I made it again I would probably go for something heavier so I could wear the dress both with and without a crinoline (I am wearing one in this photo). So glad you like it! 🙂

  2. Beautiful dress, Beth. It is refreshing to see so many young people sewing these days. I went to your blog, but couldn’t comment there as I don’t have any of those account’s. I usually comment under the name choice.
    I look forward to seeing more of your work.

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