1950s Images

The images on this page are examples pulled from my collection of my 1950's vintage patterns. I do love to draw inspiration for my designs from the real things! Click on the thumbnails to view the the full-sized images.

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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 "Roman Holiday." Very tailored and beautiful. The dress on the far right is a casual daydress perfect for a picnic in the back yard.

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. Midriff has pointed end and button trim. V. 1 dress has slim skirt with soft pleats at front waistline and back kick pleat. V. 2 full skirt has soft inverted pleats. Purchased belt may be worn and buttons on midriff omitted." Top right: "Junior Misses and Misses' Two-piece Suit. Town-going suit with easy graceful lines. Skirt has soft, inverted pleats at either side of center, front and back. View 1 features long sleeves and fringed scarf of jacket fabric at neck edge. View 2 has 3/4 sleeves and small collar. Buttoned trimmed tabs detail lower edges of side front. Buttons trim sleeve edges." Center, left to right: 1. "Misses' Dress and Short Jacket says the pattern envelope. Copyright 1956. Materials suggested Cotton Brocade, Polished cotton, Linen, Crepe, Shantung, Printed Silk or Cotton, Faille. Jacket-Linen, Pique, Faille." 2. "Jr. Miss & Misses' Oriental Style Sheath: Oriental allure in this smooth sheath with a diagonally buttoned bodice, side slits. (A) trimmed with bias tap. Belted. (B) Mandarin neckline, unbelted. (C) Lace dress with contrasting lining and hip sash that loops." 3. (No text available.) 4. "Jr. Misses' and Misses' Jacket, Dress and Jumper. Simple to make ensemble. Square neckline in front and back higlights this pert dress or jumper. Slim skirt has pleat at center back seam. Jacket has wristlength kimono sleeves, rounded collar and belt at lower edge of each side. Burrons are sewn at each end of belt. Top-stitiching trim is featured." Bottom left: "Girls' Dress: Full-skirted dress with front-buttoned fitted bodice, contrast cuffed set-in sleeves. (A)Top-stitched triple collared version with three-quarter sleeves: self-belt. (B) single-collar with coordinating applique; short sleeves' purchased belt." Bottom right: "Copyright 1959. Child's dress with attached crinoline. Suggested Fabrics: Chambray, cotton broadcloth, gingham, percale, cotton satin, linen, lin-like cotton, pima cotton, pique, similar synthetics; View A- wool Flannel: Petticoat-Nylon crinoline, nylon marquisette, organdy."


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! The circle skirt look of the early 1950s did not last all the way to the end of the decade. 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.


But the flared skirt isn't going out altogether yet! Here is a pattern from 1959 with options for the slim and the full look.


Here is a ladies' "playsuit" from the early 1950s. What drama! Note the one-shoulder bodice styling and the "pannier" skirt.


This is a lovely example of the early 1950s look with the full, hip-emphasizing skirt and pretty horizontal bodice detailing.


1950s Blouses
A pattern for two 1954 blouses. Note the interesting sleeve/armscye details.

A gorgeous 1950s day or evening dress. Dreamy!
1950s Evening Gown

1950s Dress
Early 1950's dress, just beginning to show that 1950's silhouette.

Perhaps more than any other item, the circle skirt instantly brings the '50s to mind!
1950s Skirt

1954 Vintage Vogue

Vogue Patterns has brought out its "new" line of "Vintage Vogue" patterns--reprints from the archives that are absolutely fabulous. If you want to make your own, here is the place to go! Be sure to visit the Vogue Patterns Website to see more from this wonderful collection. Please note that I cannot make and sell outfits from these patterns, since Vogue has stipulated that restriction on the patterns--they may not be made for resale. But you're certainly welcome to try them out yourself! (Images copyright Vogue Patterns 1999)


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