1950s White Taffeta Dress

1950s White Taffeta Dress

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!

1950s White Taffeta Dress With Roses Embroidery
My water-crazy dog not in the lake – how can that be? 😉

The bodice is shaped with two darts at the front. And 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.

1950s Style Summer Dress Darts And Box Pleats At The Front Detail
Darts & box pleats

The skirt part of the dress is just a rectangle with two box pleats at the front and two box pleats at the back. 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 wear one of my 1920s slips underneath.

1950s Dress And Suspension Bridge

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 on 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.

DIY 1950s Style Dress

My Pinterest board with all my historical dresses:

-> My Finished Historical Costumes

33 thoughts on “1950s White Taffeta Dress

  1. This is gorgeous Lina, you’ve worn it for a dog walk in the park but this is fancy enough to wear for a wedding! I love the 50’s style and as usual your attention to detail is amazing.

  2. That is a gorgeous dress! I’d like to have it in navy with long or 3/4 sleeves and higher in the back. If that’s what you wear to walk the dog, I can only imagine what you’d wear to a dressy party–probably something with a train! 🙂

    1. The dress is beautiful! I’d like it with sleeves or wear with a shrug. I love the darts and styling all around.

  3. This dress is gorgeous! I am just now mastering pajama pants, and someday would love to sew a beautiful dress like yours. Vintage clothes are so sophisticated.

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