Monday, January 22, 2018

title pic Red, White, & Blue 1950s Dresses

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on July 20, 2013

Hello, Ladies!

You may remember how last fall I sewed a blue and white gingham dress from the 1958 Party Dress pattern.  What I never blogged about, though, was how I made a matching little girls version for a dear young friend of mine who was only too happy to model it with me!


Sense & Sensibility Patterns put out matching women’s and girls’ sized versions of the same pattern late last year, and this versatile design can be adapted to all kinds of fabrics and occasions.  But best of all, they can be used to make adorable mother-daughter matching outfits, or identical big sister-little sister frocks.


I had the most wonderful time using these patterns!  The dresses came together without a glitch, and they are remarkably simple to fit to yourself.  The bodice has kimono sleeves and darts (for ladies), and a slightly above the waist seam.  I chose the pleated skirt method, though you could just as easily gather the skirt instead.  Both dresses were worn with crinoline petticoats underneath for fullness.  Little girls are soooo much fun to sew for!  I wish I had more reasons to do so. :)


And as for the pictures themselves, we had so much fun having them taken!  My adorable friend Suzi made the cutest miniature model, and we both wore white gloves and red ribbon sashes to complete the look.  It was so fun!  The only downside of the photo shoot was when our ice cream sundaes started melting all over the old fashioned counter.  :) 


And isn’ this the cutest soda fountain?  I’m told that this place has been in existence since the 1940s and still retains its original decor and memorabilia.  It’s really darling!



Well, that’s the sewing fun for this week, and now I should go get back to my Regency costumes for the Jane Austen Festival.  Speaking of which, a slot has just opened up on the historical costume tour I’m going on, and if any of you are able to go this September you would absolutely LOVE the trip!  We will be studying costumes of all eras (from the 1600s to the 1980s), with a special focus on the more “old fashioned” sorts of designs from about 1800 to maybe 1950 or so.  (At least that is what we saw the most of on the 2009 tour.)  At Kensington Palace we’ll be viewing Queen Victoria’s wedding dress, many of her court gowns, Princess Diana’s gown collection, as well as magnificent Norman Hartnell creations (1950s-1960s) created for Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret! 

display of 1950s formal dresses in England museum

Some gowns we studied at Kensington back in 2009.

Other highlights include the Fashion Musem in Bath, the Museum of London’s private costume collection, and the creme de la creme – the Victoria & Albert Museum.  Of course we will see more than just costumes, with time set aside for shopping at historic department stores and quaint antique shops, not to mention free time for sightseeing in London (you can be sure I’ll be making some Royal Wedding stops to Westminster & St. Pauls if I can possibly help it!).  Oh yes, and did I mention some of us will be going to a costumed Regency ball at the Assembly Rooms in Bath?  So all in all, it’s going to be a fabulous trip and one that you won’t soon forget!  The official website is here, with all the wonderful details. 

And if the royal baby ever comes, they just might have the child’s christening while we’re in England – you never know!

Have a wonderful week!

Happy sewing,