I’ve finally broken down and joined Pinterest. It took me a while to be convinced due to copyright concerns, as I want to be careful that original creators get their due (photographers, designers, etc.). I’ve always been happy for visitors to my site to repin any of my images. They’re mine to share and yours [...]
Archive of ‘1950s Images’ category
We have a lovely consignment shop in our small town in Alabama that often sells vintage clothing. The owner said I could feel free to share her images with a link back to her site, so I thought I’d show off this wonderful 1950s party dress she recently sold on eBay. I wish I’d had [...]
Here is an adorable trio of patterns by Advance. All are from the early-to-mid 1950s. I think my favorite is the one on the far left with its matching jacket. The gored skirt is flattering and feminine. The jumper/blouse combo in the center reminds me of Leslie Caron in “Daddy Longlegs” or Audrey Hepburn in [...]
Classy and tailored eight-gore skirts exactly like two I have in my collection (handed down by my fashion plate grandmother). These have the fullness without all the gathers around the waist, making for a very flattering fit.
All of these delightful images were shared by Magic Dog Enterprises. The donor has also been kind enough to provide the text from the pattern backs where she could! Top left: “Jr. Misses’ and Misses’ One-piece dress with two skirts: Dress has wide shaped collar with notched detail, set-in sleeves, midriff sections and top-stitching detail. [...]
This pattern illustrates how a very simple design can make the transition from day to evening. The long skirt and dramatic back are truly striking.
Suddenly we’re slim again! This is a 1957 McCall’s pattern which shows a return to the slim look of twenty years before, albeit with shorter skirts and bared arms this time around.
The flared skirt look lasted well over a decade–even when the slimmer skirts started coming into vogue. Here is a pattern from 1959 with options for the both the slim and the full look.
Here is a ladies’ “playsuit” from the 1950s. What drama! Note the one-shoulder bodice styling and the “pannier” wrap skirt.
This is a lovely example of the early 1950s look with the full, hip-emphasizing skirt and pretty horizontal bodice detailing. It’s the dawn of the “New Look.”