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50s-Style Dress in Custom Printed Silk

Added Mar 7, 2011

by alisondahl

Brooklyn, New Yo...






Customize It | Take a simple dress pattern and make it your own with custom printed fabric. This flirty & fun 50s-style dress was made from custom printed silk crepe de Chine. Alison (our Creative Director) designed this acid yellow and purple print to try out Spoonflower.com, a wonderful website where you can upload and create your own custom printed fabric! Much to our excitement, Spoonflower recently added silk to their fabric choices, they also offer many types of cotton such as voile, knit, sateen and twill.

A big thanks to 3rd Ward, where this photo shoot took place, and to our intern Jamie, for blowing bubbles like a pro!

Want more 50s-style patterns? Check out this related post for more 50s-inspired patterns to style together with this one!

Material Notes

140 cm (55 in) wide printed silk de chine: 2.00 m (21/4 yds) for all sizes. 140 cm (55 in) wide batiste for lining: 0.70 m (7/8 yd). Vilene Bias Tape/stay tape. 1 invisible zip, 40 cm (16 ins) long, and a special presser foot.



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Bohemian, Evening Wear, Romantic
Cotton, Blends, Silk


Photography Studio

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    Jan 9, 2012, 03.53 AMby asia goldie

    this fabric is amazing!!! and love the dress too. well done!!

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    Oct 28, 2011, 04.54 AMby amandala

    I wish I new where to buy this fabric. I know its custom made but i’m in love with it. sigh

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    Mar 14, 2011, 03.06 PMby flexareta

    pretty colors, ugly model and terrible fit… agreed it’s not 50’s…

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      Mar 17, 2011, 01.46 AMby Dani Restercher

      Wow someone’s bitchy, never insult someone on their appearance it’s self-esteem destroying. Say what you want about the dress but what you said is just pure cruelty.

      (and I think she’s quite attractive actually)

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      Mar 20, 2011, 02.45 PMby miladyprinneth

      Oh what a horrid thing to say about the model!

      Your comment is the worst thing about this for me.

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      Mar 25, 2011, 05.57 PMby aleah

      I disagree. To call someone ugly is just cruel, and it’s not true in this case either. Cute girl with lovely curls. You’re not allowed to call someone “ugly” just because they are a model.

      When it comes to the fit… I like it. Maybe it’s a cultural thing, or just an individual thing. Point being: I saved this dress to my inspiration folder. It’s wonderful.

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    Mar 11, 2011, 09.19 AMby katherinedaida

    This is not a 50s style dress – It may be 50s inspired look, but definitely not 50s style. The silhouette is wrong, and the piece looks terrible, with little or no attention to proper fit. Part of what made fashion in the post-war years was the incredible attention to fit. Why waste all that money on custom fabric to have it end up looking like that?

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    Mar 9, 2011, 08.28 PMby MermaidGirl

    I love this dress!!!! Wow~ Thanks for opening the Spoonflower door, I have spent the afternoon watching their youtube videos, soooo much inspiration. I also ADORE your covered shoes.

    Guess I need to start inspiring on here too :D

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    Mar 9, 2011, 07.30 PMby sweescent

    lovely fabric, terrrrrible fit – I agree!

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    Mar 9, 2011, 12.16 AMby kassis

    Lovely material, but a terrible fit!

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    Mar 8, 2011, 10.15 PMby haije

    Great fabric and dress. But it looks like it is a bit too big, and maybe a bit short?

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    Mar 8, 2011, 07.46 PMby trumbelina

    Is it just me, or is this dress incredibly ill-fitting? Does no one else see it?

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    Mar 8, 2011, 07.30 PMby Yvette Stanton

    The dress is very pretty. I’d love to see a photo of the printed, uncut fabric (if you’ve got one) so that we can see the fabric that became the dress.

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    Mar 8, 2011, 10.24 AMby sandrasews

    Fantastic version of this pattern. What beautiful fabric!

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    Mar 8, 2011, 01.17 AMby melonhead

    What a beautiful dress!! I’m absolutely in love with the print!

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      Mar 8, 2011, 06.46 PMby alisondahl

      Thanks so much! Designing your own print really takes customizing your wardrobe to the next level!

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    Mar 7, 2011, 08.31 PMby sarsaparilla

    Gorgeous dress! I really love the print – I’ll have to try Spoonflower out soon :)

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    Mar 7, 2011, 06.17 PMby aleah

    Love it! Almost looks like a lovely tulip.

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    Mar 7, 2011, 04.56 PMby Helena Holmgren

    What a fun dress! Great work, and a great version of the pattern!

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