Some years ago I sewed this 1950s-style dress with taffeta fabric which is embroidered with white roses.
It’s my first 1950s-style dress and I’m really pleased with how the dress turned out. It’s elegant and comfortable!
The bodice is shaped with two darts at the front.
The skirt part of the dress is just a rectangle with two box pleats at the front and two at the back.
Usually, 1950s dresses had still no zipper closure. The dresses that my grandmother, a dressmaker, made in the 1950s and early 1960s had a hook & eye, snap or button closure. My dress is closed with snaps at the left side (there’s also one hook and bar at the waist). Here’s a close-up of the closure. And on this website is a great tutorial about how to sew a vintage snap closure.
I finished the neckline and armscyes with white cotton facings. I attached the facings by hand so that the stitches are invisible on the right side.
I stiffened the hem with a wide cotton canvas facing, so that it isn’t necessary to wear a 1950s petticoat.
But because the fabric is slightly sheer, I’m wearing one of my 1920s slips underneath.
We took the photos in a beautiful park with different bridges, such as this suspension bridge.
Here I’m wearing the dress with my DIY linen crochet sunhat.
My Pinterest board with all my historical dresses: