Monday, December 29, 2014

A 1950s dress

The wool that I initially had gotten for the riding habit ended up being a lycra blend, so I didn't want to use it for 18th century.  Now I probably have enough wool blend for the rest of my life.
One of my favorite vintage dresses is a plaid 1950s dress that I got in mint condition with the tags still on it, and I feel irresponsible for wearing it instead of preserving it for posterity.  So - I made a similar dress so I could wear it without guilt.

These are not very good quality, sorry!
Just the Basics:

Year: 1950s, I presume

Pattern:  My bodice block

Notions:  Wool blend from, zipper from the costume shop

Time: About a week even.

Verdict?: I should have lined it because it's a little bit itchy, but I can always wear a camisole under it.  One of the arms is not placed well in the armscythe, so it pitches the back forward; the zipper is also, true to my form, not very well set in.  But it is very cute and does its job well!  I hope to one day put some more trim on it, I think it looks a little plain.  Maybe some thin black velvet to head the tucks and eyelets on the neck and sleeves, like the original.

I've recently gotten my hands on some of B&T's new printed fabric (they're absolutely lovely folks! wow!) as well as some silk organza, which is going to be a few new caps and ruffles.  So that ought to give you all a pretty good idea of what's coming down the pike!  I hope you all have a lovely new years.


  1. Very very pretty! I love the pintucks!

  2. So pretty!
    I love your blog; all your sewing things are inspiring to a teenage reenactor who has only begun the historical sewing part of life.
    This is just an idea, but one suggestion I have for your blog is to put labels on some of your posts, so it is easier to access the older ones easier.

    1. Gosh, thank you! I'm glad you enjoy it. I really am going to have to go through and clean out my cache at some point, so I will see what I can do about tagging projects, probably by decade. Thanks for the rec!

  3. AWWW Your dress is just perfect! I am so in love with it now too. Great post btw! xx