1950s Blue Check Curtain Dress

1950s Blue Check Curtain Dress

I’m wearing a curtain again! Lol! 😀 This time it’s my grandma’s bathroom curtain! Doesn’t the curtain look pretty?

Curtain Dress

I found two pieces of this blue and white check cotton curtain in grandma’s stash and thought the fabric would be perfect for a 1950s summer dress. The blue check looks so summery like a picnic blanket!

DIY 1950 Blue Dress

The two pieces that were leftover from grandma’s old bathroom curtain were just enough for a dress! Yay! I used the smaller piece of fabric for the bodice. After cutting out the bodice I sewed the leftover fabric to the larger piece of fabric for the skirt. So there are five seams in the skirt – my grandma already had pieced together the curtain out of neccessity – but one can’t see the seams because of the check pattern.

Original 1950s dresses were my inspiration for this 1950s curtain dress. If you follow me on instagram, you’ve seen me making the 1950s bodice pattern. I also used 1950s dressmaking techniques for the dress – like attaching the facing by hand (more pictures on my instagram account). My grandma was a dressmaker and I used one of her original 1950s dresses as model for my 1950s curtain dress.

1950s Blue Check Dress
Snap and hook & bar closure

The dress is closed with snaps and hooks & bars at the left side. I followed this tutorial for the snap button closure but I added a hook and bar at the top. It’s my second dress with a vintage snap closure and I really like this closure: it’s easy to sew and looks nice. And with the hook and bar the snaps never come undone.

-> Bend Eyes Into Bars – Hook & Eye Closure

1950s Style Blue Check Summer Dress

41 thoughts on “1950s Blue Check Curtain Dress

  1. Handwork is so relaxing. I made a skirt not too long ago, and I hand sewed the hem, and another part I can’t even remember right now, maybe the facing edge. Therapeutic almost… Not to say that I wouldn’t mind a blind hem machine though.
    Love the fabric choice. The pattern is beautiful. I never thought to use curtain fabric for a garment, but it’s an excellent idea. That, or a bed sheet.

  2. This looks beautiful, so summery! Interesting to hear how you’ve done the closure, snaps (we call them poppers in the UK) and a hook and eye, makes a nice change from a zip and looks great.

  3. Wonderful sewing! I think if I could sew I would make 50s style dresses day and night. And in pretty patterns like gingham 🙂
    -Kristin
    countdowntofridayblog.com

  4. What a wonderful, meaningful way to upcycle, Lina! I love this cute dress, it’s perfect for summer. Sharing on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party! Hope you are having a lovely week!

  5. I really love this! But then, I would have to say 1950s dresses are my favourite style :-). You’ve done a wonderful job and it looks really good on, well done!
    Hannah

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