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.
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33 thoughts on “1950s White Taffeta Dress”
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.
Thanks for you lovely comment, Julie! 😀
What a lovely dress! And that’s such a beautiful setting – the pictures look so summery!
Thanks, Maluba! 🙂
That dress is so pretty, you are very talented! I love the enchanting setting of these photos too.
Thanks so much, Kelsey! 😀
I love your dress and you look fabulous in it.
Thank you so much, Veronica! 🙂
This is a dreamboat of a dress. I love the 1950’s style. The fabric is so pretty x
Super pretty! I’ve always loved the style from the 40s and 50s!
Thanks for stopping by, Suzy!
So romantic dress and the location is amazing! Love all the natural green…
Thanks so much, Kaari! 🙂
Love the fabric you used!
Thank you! 🙂
I’m a total sucker for a white dress and this one is absolutely gorgeous!!!
Thanks so much, Colleen! 🙂
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! 🙂
The dress is beautiful! I’d like it with sleeves or wear with a shrug. I love the darts and styling all around.
Lol! 😀 Yes, something with a train at least! 😉
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.
Thank you, Michelle! 🙂
What a pretty dress! And what a lovely day to take the photos of it! I didn’t know that about ’50s dress fastenings; I just assumed it would have been a zip! I also love the technique to stiffen the hem – I might do that with the dresses I’ve bought!
Thanks so much, Helen! 🙂
That is absolutely gorgeous! I need to remember the rectangle skirt with box pleats. Thank you for sharing this with us at the Homestead Blog Hop, you always have such great posts! 🙂
Thank you so much, Ann! 🙂
Lina, this dress is so gorgeous! I love 50’s inspired dresses. It is one of my favorite eras in fashion. The photos are so beautiful, too! This post is a featured favorite on my Link Up today! Thanks so much for joining the party.
Thanks for featuring me! 🙂