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Vintage 1950s Dress Patterns

1950s Dress Patterns 

Even as the silhouette evolved, its core style was seen in evening gowns, day dresses, and separates. A Givenchy dress from 1953 showed how the shape was restyled throughout the decade while remaining true to the nipped-in waist and full skirt. Also popular were Tea length swing dresses with petticoats for fullness, slim Sheath dresses and tailored suits. The pea motif, along with the bright patterned dresses demonstrates a playfulness that emerged in pattern while the Charles James “Clover Leaf” dress and Balenciaga evening dress show the experimentation in construction that took place in the fifties. Claire McCardell, the American designer who rose to prominence in the 1940s, continued to produce her popular wrap-over dresses and also introduced pedal-pushers with matching tops. While overall, fashion in the 1950s prided elegance, young women turned to McCardell and other sportswear and less formal designs, like the sundress. In this decade it was considered imperative that one’s accessories matched perfectly. Whether she was wearing a twinset and slacks, a poodle skirt, a sheath dress, or one of Dior’s New Look styles, a woman did her best to ensure that she looked pulled together through her accessories and overall styling.

Our 1950's vintage Dress pattern collection is available in sizes ranging from XXS – XXL. We offer either the original pattern, a high-quality true to scale 1950s sewing pattern reproduction or an easy PDF sewing pattern to download at home.

References:   Fashion History