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Vintage 1950s Men's Shirt Patterns

1950s Men's Shirt Sewing Patterns 

The button-down shirt was a year-round style in both long and short sleeves. Shirts came in plaid, plaid, plaid, and more plaid. Solid colors, too, but mostly just plaid. Heavy plaid fleece or wool blends for winter and light cotton or madras in summer. Most button-down shirts came with either a high button collar like a dress shirt or an open neck collar. Two chest pockets with button-down flaps mimicked the western look, also a button-down style of shirt. Pockets could also be patch with no flaps. Besides plaid, pastels were common (pink, yellow, teal blue) as well as abstract prints, small checks (gingham), and vertical stripes. The biggest change in men’s formal wear was the increasing presence of color, as seen in the ad for the bright yellow Arrow shirt. Tuxedo accessories such as ties and cummerbunds added a pop of color, while less formal evening wear such as the smoking jacket might come in a color other than black. Color began to creep into daywear shirts and sweaters, as well. The Hawaiian shirt, first seen in the late forties, continued to be a popular option for men throughout the fifties.

Our 1950's vintage Evening 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, Vintage Dancer