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1950s inspired dress

Added Oct 24, 2010

by himechan

Cd M, California...






I made this for my IB art class. I love being able to use school as an excuse to sew. :)

My theme was 1950s fashion inspired: Dior’s New Look, Jacques Fath and vintage in general. Clothes from then were so lovely and elegant.

It is actually two pieces: the top blouse-y part and the skirt part. I used a tutorial from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing (http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2009/08/sew-full-gathered-skirt-part-one-make.html) to make the skirt, modifying it a bit by lengthening it and gathering more to make up for the material (a navy nylon). I drafted my own pattern for the blouse, which is chiffon material. I ran out of time while making the blouse (procrastination ㅠㅠ) and I made the pieces a bit too narrow to sew the sides together, so it turned out a little risque, haha. I think I will fix the pattern and make it again sometime, and connect the sides so that I can actually wear it without having to worry about flashing anyone!

Oh, I finally broke out my tripod and DSLR to take these! Yay! :)

Visit my blog~^^

Material Notes

Blouse: Cream colored chiffon
Skirt: Navy colored nylon
buttons :)




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage


Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing

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    Oct 25, 2010, 08.31 PMby divastarmirna

    This is quite beautiful, i love 50s 60s inspired clothing and you wear it really well. Congrats on your beautiful garment.

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      Oct 27, 2010, 01.01 PMby himechan

      Post-war era clothes were really gorgeous weren’t they!

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    Oct 25, 2010, 03.21 AMby youngsewer26

    love it!!! I would of course add a back if i were to wear it, but it looks amazing on you like this!

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      Oct 27, 2010, 01.00 PMby himechan

      Thank you~^^
      There actually is a back piece, but I failed at making the sides long enough so it doesn’t connect to the front. >w<

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    Oct 24, 2010, 11.41 PMby pumpkinpatches

    wow. beautiful, sexy and classy. you look stunning in it, great job!

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      Oct 27, 2010, 12.58 PMby himechan

      Thank you very much!! ^^

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    Oct 24, 2010, 09.36 PMby alyc

    Gorgeous dress, but I would make two changes back zipper and I would extend the bust side towards the waist…

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      Oct 27, 2010, 12.57 PMby himechan

      Thank you for the suggestions! I’ll definitely try and make another blouse piece with the extended sides. :)

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