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« on: June 22, 2009 09:43:06 PM »

Okay, I'm completely obsessed with the 1950's. I want a classic 50's housewife day dress (or many, but we'll see). Anyways, I'm not the kind of person that can just look at something and make up a pattern. (Only did that once with an apron). So...Here are a couple pictures of what I'm looking for, does anyone have an idea of where to find similar patterns/tutes? Thanks! Here's what I'm looking for:

« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2009 10:11:15 PM »

I love the 50's too. I have even made my daughter two toddler versions of the dresses you want. Try these
You can also try to google 50's dress patterns. That's what I did, and I studied the over all look of the dress and came up with something that I could do. I hope that this helps. Good Luck Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2009 10:16:55 PM »

Vintage vogue has awsome 50's style dress patterns also.  They also go on sale at Jo-ann's occassionally for $4 each, which is awsome!

« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2009 12:18:22 AM »

i LOVE '50s dresses! here are some dresses i really want to make eventually:
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2009 12:53:35 AM »

I believe the skirt might be circle. A majority of skirts from that era are circles. For the first dress the middle bit could be a sash if you wanted or joined in the side seams and the back zipper seams. Sorry I'm not too much help but hope it gives you something.

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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2009 08:41:17 AM »

I can't find my post but I've made one very simillar to your first picture.
You need a very square boxy shaped top. I used a sweater I had in my closet. I laid it flat and traced it to get the pattern for my top. Added seam allowance and there was my pattern. The bottom was just a long gathered strip of fabric. I used a bed sheet to make my dress. It's posted on here somewhere but despite searching I can't seem to find it!
I wore a tutu underneath to make it puffy. Here's a link to it on my deviant art:
me in it:

I added darts down the front to get that smooth snug fit and wore red flats. I wish I'd had heels but oh well. Hope that is helpful in some way.
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2009 09:03:45 AM »

Another source is on Etsy, just search under vintage patterns and there are a ton of 50's dress patterns for sale.

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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2009 09:19:57 AM »

The 50's are great for dresses and style... love the classic 50's house wife dress and then add an apron of 50's goodness to it and I'd be set to go!

A lot of the pattern companies are bringing back thier retro patterns- happiness!

The butterick 5032 is a classic 50's dress for sure- well it is a vintage reprint afterall ;-D I'm making this one right now... make sure you make a muslin or two first for whatever pattern you choose- just to get fitting dialed in before you make your actual dress. I'm also wondering  if the measurement charts changed through time... I measured a size 18 and I'm working with a size 14 right now. I probably could have made due with a 12 even?

As a side note it would be easy enough to add the overskirt to the fitted bodice to make it one piece- I just like the idea of making the pattern as it was originally designed- after I get the bodice dialed in I might just make one out of a sheet and see how I like it.

you can also type in vintage dress patterns in google and get sites that sell old patterns too- but they are pricey in some cases.
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2009 12:36:05 PM »

God those are cute. Good luck and pass the info on! Wink

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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2009 06:57:11 PM »

you should try this tute. with the right fabric it can look just like a 50'2 dress.https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=118888.0

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