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1957: My Fifties Fair Outfit (Part 1)

Added Sep 12, 2011

by mollykatherine

Sydney, Australia






I used a polished stretch cotton that I found at the Remnants Warehouse for $4 dollars a metre. It was delightful soft and so so easy to work with. However, I wanted the bodice to be very fitted and structured, so to achieve that 50’s “nipped” waist look I lined it in a thick red cotton drill, which more than does the job. I’m not going to lie, the waist is tight, but all in the name of fashion right?

I have made this dress a few times already before, So I know the pattern like the back of my hand. Its Retro Butterick B4792, with a basic boat neck bodice front. It’s such a simple shape, so it’s really easy to wear and manages to get me through all the seasons.

Instead of gathering the skirt onto the bodice as I have in the past, I used small pleats; the centre front pleat being inverted to “conveniently” hide my mismatched check.

I am very happy with the finish of this dress. I used all french seams and for the first time I used a sink stitch along the seam where the bodice and skirt meet. Its barely noticeable! and leaves the lining looking to clean and neat.

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Material Notes

Polished stretch cotton




Garment Type

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    Sep 13, 2011, 05.30 AMby freakusbzzz

    very stylish MK x

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    Sep 12, 2011, 08.52 PMby tungufoss

    Beautiful! La-la-love it! :)

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    Sep 12, 2011, 01.00 PMby aluckmann

    I seriously love this dress, and it looks so great paired with the red accessories. Great work :)

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    Sep 12, 2011, 08.13 AMby Eiaeh

    This is great! The colours work really well.

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    Sep 12, 2011, 07.57 AMby Denim Skirts Etc

    Pretty dress and fabric. Looks great with the gloves.

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    Sep 12, 2011, 06.02 AMby tirrs

    absolute lovely!

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