50s dress sewing

October 14, 2018

Hello lovelies,

some of you might know that I am collecting vintage sewing magazines and sewing patterns. I mentioned it in this post where I shared all of the items I had collected so far.
I was browsing through etsy for new ideas and I found this super cute sewing pattern from the 50s for a dress. It has a scalloped neckline, sits tightly at the waist and has these cute pleats at the skirt part.

And I am a very weak person and bought the pattern. But my fingers were itching and I wanted to do a dress now and not wait for it to be shipped from New Zealand to Europe.

And so it happened that I did my own version of this dress. It was the first time I made kimono sleeves but they worked out really well.

These are my two back pieces with the darts sewn.

Same with my front part. I should have ironed the whole fabric beforehand but I am just super lazy.

The secret to successfull scallop sewing is to use really tiny stitches. A lesson hard learned.

To be honest I really liked doing kimono sleeves because they look good and you don't have to set in sleeves. Hooray.

And here the dress with the pleats. I made the mistake to cut a lot of fabric for the skirt and the three pleats were super deep and I had to re-pleat the skirt a lot before I liked it.

I did the zip after that but forgot to take pictures of course. Afterwards I sewed down the neckline.

As for the hem, lazy me just folded it back once. Shame on me.

The last thing I did was to add a cute little button at the back to hide the fact that the zip I had was too short. And I didn't want to order or move my bum to the nearest fabric store.

And that was it! I think it really worked out well.
After only two weeks my pattern arrived and I will definitely make another dress but with the original pattern (and different fabric) and I am super excited to compare the dress to my pattern.

Here are some worn pictures of the finished dress.

Hair by Pascal Prosser from Schernhorst. 

How do you like the dress?

All the best,

Auris Lothol

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2 Kommentare

  1. That dress is super cute, well done for improvising your pattern. Definitely looking forward to seeing how it will compare between a dress made out of the original pattern :D

    1. Thank you! I am also super hyped about sewing the dress with the original 50s pattern. As for the pattern, the top is quite similar but the skirt part ist quite different.


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