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There are certain patterns that are just classics— from them you can build a wardrobe you could hold on to for decades. A bustier, a pencil skirt and a cropped jacket make for a fun retro look, and by changing the fabrics, you can update these classic silhouettes so easily. Read on to see them all!

Who loves the 50s? Who loves flirty, feminine shapes that accentuate your curves and amp up sex appeal. I think all of the patterns below have potential.



A fitted bustier top can be a super fun staple to have in your wardrobe. Made in rich silks or cotton, a bustier can amp up your favorite skirt or jeans. You can turn this pattern into a dress too by fusing it with a skirt pattern.



A voluminous, gathered skirt feels very 50s and feminine. Pictured above are some inspirational pieces by Azzedine Alaia, Zac Posen, Kalanchoe (Modcloth), and TopShop. We offer two options here: the fitted bustier dress with sleeves, and a tank version.



A fitted pencil skirt hugs the hips and accentuates the waist, it’s the ultimate sexy-skirt. Depending what type of fabric you use to make it in though can really change the attitude of the look. Burberry, Giambattista Valli and Rick Owens do the pencil skirt so well. We have two pencil skirt options here as well: the stretch pencil skirt and a classic pencil skirt for wovens. If you love the top the model on the right is wearing, check out this fitted top pattern to pair with it.



Cropped blazers can be worn with dresses and jeans. They can dress you up or tie a look together. Be like Coco Chanel in a silk tweed cropped jacket, or more streamlined in navy or black suiting. Again, we have two options: one cropped jacket with invisible closure and the other has is a cropped jacket buttons. Alice + Olivia, Asos, Alexander McQueen blazers.



This coat to me say Jackie-O. It’s sweet and innocent and fun to wear. Cut from camel colored wool you have a sophisticated coat that stands out against all the black outerwear out there. Cut from a chunky knit, this coat can be a big, cozy wrap. If you’re not ready to dive into a coat project yet, try the 3/4 sleeve blouse for an easier alternative.

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    Apr 3, 2011, 10.21 AMby bowifixx

    Love it

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    Feb 25, 2011, 03.43 AMby mercedesgilces

    Esto si esta hermoso me ha dado una idea Dios quiera que la pueda concretar :)

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    Feb 23, 2011, 06.10 PMby niveen

    i think the white dress with flower is fantastic

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    Feb 20, 2011, 09.23 PMby graveflower

    I am going to mix that a-line dress with that bustier! I wish these were burdastyle patterns without copyright, though. :/

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    Feb 17, 2011, 01.08 PMby Prudence78

    I think that model of the korset is very beutiful. You can read resume services for finding more information abouy iy.

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    Feb 17, 2011, 02.56 AMby momob

    Hooray for the return of the sweet little dresses of the 50s. When girls and women looked like they cared about their appearance they were treated with more respect and less crime. The ragged jeans and sloppy hair didn’t get respect from anyone. Neither does the nearly nude look of today’s swimming attire. It’s all about exhibiting oneself on one side, and voyeurism on the other. A little modesty is a good thing.

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      Feb 23, 2011, 04.17 AMby possiblymaybeviolentlyhappy

      um… seriously? Women were more respected in the 50s?! And to imply that the way a woman dresses has anything to do with crimes committed against her? Wowsers. How offensive. I agree that the patterns are lovely but your statements are gobsmacking to me. Im a big believer that one ought be judged by what they do and what they say rather than how they appear.

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    Feb 17, 2011, 02.55 AMby fosteretalk

    I don’t think I care to imagine my closet without a black pencil skirt in it. It can be dressed up or down depending on what top your wear. Of course, a few extra in other colors is always a plus.

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    Feb 16, 2011, 09.00 PMby Dibaj

    Thank you ة_ة

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    Feb 16, 2011, 06.39 PMby dejanu

    I would wear all of those garmets. I think I have to perfect materials to put a set together :D

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    Feb 16, 2011, 06.24 PMby friedi

    a made the tank dress (1st pic) recently and can recommend it!

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    Feb 16, 2011, 04.59 PMby neama

    Wow what a fabulous post:)

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    Feb 16, 2011, 04.47 PMby tracyallyson

    I LOVE these looks!

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    Feb 16, 2011, 04.27 PMby anuchka

    O my, I adore the brown knitted skirt! I want it, want it, want it! Where, where, where can I find it?

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    Feb 16, 2011, 03.55 PMby maggiesma

    I love all of these! I

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    Feb 16, 2011, 01.37 PMby anajan

    Merge the black striped corset/top with the high waisted skirt and you get a perfect summer dress or ensemble. Depending on fabric choice, it could be more or less formal. Can’t wait for summer to come!

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    Feb 16, 2011, 10.58 AMby janul

    I love these too, I plan to make the dress with short sleeves…

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    Feb 16, 2011, 10.15 AMby lovemaker

    I love these patterns, especially the simple tank dress görüntülü sohbet

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    Feb 16, 2011, 09.20 AMby niña blanca

    The corset is fantastic…..I plann to make it…;)

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    Feb 16, 2011, 08.51 AMby sarsaparilla

    I love these patterns, especially the simple tank dress :)

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    Feb 16, 2011, 06.42 AMby baka-pepica

    I just make pencil rock an dress! great and easy patterns!

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    Feb 16, 2011, 05.51 AMby luxihere

    hmm long i have been wanting to make a pencil skirt…hopefully the day will dawn soon…

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    Feb 16, 2011, 01.15 AMby whalen

    I love pencil skirts. They make my butt as asset. Forgive the pun. I just need to take in my tummy a little, and I’m going to be sewing them like crazy.

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