1950s | Vintage Sewing

Upcycled Vintage 50s Border Print Dress

August 23, 2015

Karen Vallerius 50s dress

I had been saving this sheet for a project for a while (well, a couple of years!) and since I got a lovely new sewing machine last month, decided to turn it into the 50s inspired border print frock that poor old sheet had been dreaming about all that time!!  I drafted a simple pattern with the help of some vintage “And so to Sew” booklets produced by the National Dressmaking Service in Glasgow in the 50s – no guessing that the skirt was simply the width of the border print fabric cut to length.  I also got to use some pretty vintage buttons which my Dad found for me (yes, he is a fully trained Buttoneer!)  More on my blog.

Karen Vallerius 50s dress (7)

  1. Lovely skirt, and appreciate the added information about that sheet. A question for you about the buttons: How do you care for your vintage buttons once they’ve been sewn to the garment? Do you hand-wash the garment, or always hang to dry? I’ve some lovely buttons, including wood, that I’d like to use, but the care question always crops up.
    Many thanks!

    1. Thanks for your comments Del. These buttons are OK for laundering as plastic, but I saw a tip in one of my 40s magazines regarding buttons which need to be removed for laundering. The magazine suggested working buttonholes on both the “button” side as well as the normal buttonhole side. Then sew the buttons to a strip of tape & button them by putting behind the normal “button” side & buttoning through BOTH sets of buttonholes (a bit like the way dress studs are used on men’s evening shirts). It’s a bit difficult to explain but I did this on a reversible 50s top so that I could change buttons to either side & it worked really well. Hope that helps! Karen

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