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.

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

1950s Dress And Lake

It’s my first 1950s-style dress and I’m really pleased with how the dress turned out. It’s elegant and comfortable!

White Summer Dress And Bridge
Beautiful bridge

1950s Dress, Darts And Pleats Detail

The bodice is shaped with two darts at the front.

1950s Dress, Fashion And Dog

1950s Dress And White Metal Park Bench
Isn’t this park bench beautiful?

The skirt part of the dress is just a rectangle with two box pleats at the front and two at the back.

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

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.

Sew DIY 1950s Dress
Boardwalk over a lake

1950s Dress Neckline And Armscye Facings

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 Summer Dress And Bamboo Forest
Giant bamboo forest

1950s White Summer Dress

I stiffened the hem with a wide cotton canvas facing, so that it isn’t necessary to wear a 1950s petticoat.

1950s Dress Bodice With Darts

But because the fabric is slightly sheer, I’m wearing one of my 1920s slips underneath.

1950s White Summer Dress
Boardwalk and reed
1950s Dress And Suspension Bridge
Suspension bridge

We took the photos in a beautiful park with different bridges, such as this suspension bridge.

Fashion And Dog Blog Post
Stepping stones

1950s White Dress With Hat

Here I’m wearing the dress with my DIY linen crochet sunhat.

1950s Summer Dress And Dog
‘Can we go back to the lake, please?’ 😉
White Summer Dress Sewing
‘This way!’
Summer Dress, Fashion And Dog
‘The lake! Yay!’ 😀

DIY Summer Dress, Dog, Lake


DIY 1950s Style Dress

My Pinterest board with all my historical dresses:

-> My Finished Historical Costumes

DIY Summer Dress, Dreamy Landscape Photo

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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