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title pic Three Fabulous 1950s Dress Patterns

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on January 30, 2012

I am momentarily interrupting my previously scheduled “Diana Barry” Edwardian gown project by posting about my “new” vintage 1950s patterns! This past Christmas my dear family gave me one of the greatest presents I could have thought of – a gift certificate to So Vintage Patterns!  So after spending many delightful hours poring over the many thousands of vintage patterns available, I chose three patterns which were all printed in the 1950s.  Today, after many days of watching the mailbox, my patterns arrived!  They are even more beautiful than how they looked online, and I can’t wait to try them out this spring!
I have been aware for the last year or so that the 1950s era is quickly becoming my favorite “wearable” costume era, so it’s not surprising that I chose three patterns within the same time period.  But while these designs have a lot of similarities, I realized today that I managed to get all three main skirt styles from the 50s represented in these patterns – Advance 6896 has wide pleats at the top of the full skirt, Vogue 9114 has an even larger skirt silhoutte with lots of gathers, and Butterick 6835 boasts a bouffant circular skirt which fits smoothly into the bodice with a straight waist.
My first choice (Vogue 9114) was chosen partially due to the distinctive diagonal darts/release tucks, but I’m afraid the main reason was because of the lovely pink floral print on the dress illustration!  I love that white hat and the long, trailing ribbon on the dress.  Wouldn’t it make the perfect vintage Easter ensemble?

Look at that adorable pink dress! I can't wait to sew a dress from this pattern.

My favorite of the patterns (Butterick 6835) is simply darling!  It has a flattering circular skirt and the most adorable bodice with a sloped midriff seam, pintucked upper bodice, and short or long raglan sleeves.  I think the illustrated model in the light pink semi-sheer dress wears the prettiest outfit on the pattern cover.  I would love to make this up in a dotted swiss, batiste, or cotton eyelet!  And that fold down collar is so cute!
Then there’s Advance 6896 which was listed on the site as “So I Love Lucy“.  Well, if there’s one thing that will sell me on a pattern it would be likening it to Lucille Ball’s dresses, and after careful inspection I definitely agree that this is very similar to some of her screen outfits.  What makes this dress so “Lucy” is the shirtwaist dress, winged collar, but most importantly – those long, diagonal bust darts which were so uniquely placed make this almost an exact replica of a number of her costumes.
So after this slight diversion into 50s fashion, I will soon have my “Diana Barry” Edwardian film costume finished up.  But just as soon I get it off the sewing table and into the closet, I will have an awful lot of 1950s dresses to look forward to!
Happy sewing!