by Esi Hutchinson
The 241 Fifties' Fit and Flair pattern is an old revived folkwear pattern with updated sizes from XS-2XL. The Fit and Flair comes with three different necklines - a jewel neck, wide V-neck, and turtleneck - hopefully enough to pick from to best suit your style.
The style of this dress accommodates to the 50's aesthetics of simplicity, figure flattery of every kind with a full skirt and natural waist. This dress can be formal or casual depending on which fabric you choose. Here are some fabric suggestions for our pattern of the month of May!
I am bias towards these fabrics we have in stock here at Folkwear and I do think they would be great to use for this pattern.
This raspberry red hand block pattern from Jaipur is lightweight and would be ideal for a summery dress. Beautiful polka-dotty pattern.
We also have some new Italian viscose fabrics which would be gorgeous in this pattern and give the dress lots of movement and flair. I love this challis and the art deco floral pattern.
For some fabrics that give you more of a imitative retro 50's style, I've listed below.
This is a stretch poplin with a really cool retro design from Harts Fabric. There is only a little stretch with a very crisp fabric, so it would likely work very well.
And, if you want to make a dress like Molly did (top photo) with African Wax Prints, you can order 6 yards at a time (for about $20 total), which works well for this pattern, from the huge selection at AKN Fabrics (Molly's favorite shop for African fabrics in NYC). One option is below.
February 14, 2024