1950s Lingerie Sewing Patterns
Corselets, designed to be worn under evening gowns, were generally strapless and featured underwire cups for breast enhancement. Christian Dior's trendy "New Look" collection centred on dresses, skirts, and coats that had super-full skirts and created an hourglass silhouette. Beyond full petticoat half-slips, the bust was also a prominent part of the look, which meant bras became wired and structured to push up and form décolletage set against plunging necklines. The pinup was a common motif in intimate apparel advertisements in the mid-twentieth century. The model on the poster would always have a suggestive pose, with hips and chest jutting out, submitting to the viewer's gaze and communicating loud and clear: You bought these corselets and bustiers to have them seen, not to hide them. Corset maker Ada Masotti founded La Perla in 1954, focusing on bright silks embellished with lace trim. Masotti would package the luxury pieces in velvet boxes, like pieces of jewellery—an apt choice given that perla means "pearl" in Italian. To this day, La Perla is still a prime example of how sophistication and sexiness aren't mutually exclusive.
Our 1950's vintage Lingerie 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.