1950s Wedding Dress Sewing Patterns
For most of the 1950s, the sweetheart neckline, full skirt, and small waist was the classic silhouette for the retro 50s wedding dress. Fabrics used embraced a structure that easily molded to the shape of the torso, as well as shaped the hips down until the floor. Satins were also used, and the more popular ones were ribbed silk and Duchesse satins, both of which were shimmery and smooth. Lace was also used but is only incorporated either at the top of the full dress, where the fabric is infused with silver or gold thread. Handmade lace was preferred, as it was extremely soft and comfortable to touch, but much too expensive. This was the peak of the 1950s long sleeve dress, and the sleeves were required to be long with some fullness. Necklines had higher cuts of V, sweetheart, and scalloped shapes. Skirts hung from the waistline, as dresses from the 1950s were shaped in an A-line, which was supported by a long petticoat beneath. The dawn of the mid-50s brought bridal gowns that were made strapless but came with matching bolero jackets. These had three-quarter length sleeves, which were to be worn at the ceremony. The late 1950s led to gowns shaping up into ballgowns, and designers used chiffon and tulle to make them lighter and more wearable. Hemlines rose up, which settled to the ankles and mid-shin, then exposing footwear for the first time since the 1920s. This was popularized further by Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1957), where she wore a ballerina style wedding gown.
Our 1950's vintage Wedding 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 Soup