Our Fifties’ Fit & Flair sewing pattern creates the typical dress shape so successful is has resurfaced decades later. Aside from teenage fads like poodle skirts and saddle shoes, fashions of the 1950’s were remarkably clean, simple, and flattering. After the fabric-conserving war-time styles, skirts became longer and much fuller, beginning with Dior’s New Look in 1947. American designers were challenging Paris by producing well-made, affordable ready-to-wear collections which responded to women’s needs for femininity and practicality.
Dolman sleeves, fitted waist, and a gored circular skirt compliment most figures now as then. For all-season day and night versatility we offer three neckline treatments: a refined jewel neck to show off your favorite necklace (in the 50’s, pearls!); an elegant wide V; and a classic turtleneck. Jewel or turtleneck versions go through fall and winter in wool crepe, jersey, challis, or other soft fabrics. The V neck dress is picture perfect in a flowery cotton print for summer, or in taffeta for holiday parties. Your favorite wide belt or self-covered belt (instructions included) created the perfect accent. There are even pockets hidden in the front gores. To echo the original retro feeling, exaggerate fullness with several stiff petticoats; for a contemporary look, let the skirt swing free!
Outdoor summer concerts or winter warmth require a six-foot long knitted stole. Make ours in a rib stitch fashioned from mohair yarn. Knitting instructions are included.
This is the PDF pattern. For the paper pattern, go here. This PDF pattern has several files: print at home, copy shop (36" and A0), sewing instructions, and knitting instructions.
Suggested Fabrics: Dress: Soft wools such as crepe, challis, jersey; medium weight taffeta, cotton, and blends.
Stole: Blend of mohair, wool, and nylon (approximately 630 yards worsted weight).