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The Ladies’ Classic 1950s Wardrobe pattern has been a long time coming. In fact, I think it holds the record as the longest pattern to go from concept to completion in the 20 years I’ve been designing patterns! My love for the 1950s goes back even further, though, back to when I was a little girl in love with twirly skirts and dress-up. My glamorous grandmother handed down a lot of her 1950s clothes to me, and I wore the fancy, sparkly ones to bits as a girl, then wore the everyday ones to church as a teen (the only time I was the same size as my tiny “Mimi!”). There’s just something about 1950s fit-and-flare fashion that appeals to us no matter what decade we were born into, and I believe its silhouette will never go out of style.

Ladies' Classic 1950s Wardrobe blouse optionI’ve pulled together my favorite design elements from this decade–the full skirt and the demurely tailored pencil skirt; the fitted bodice and tailored sleeves; the curvy collar and the wide pointed collar; the detachable peplum and the removable dickie. You can mix and match to your heart’s content and create an entire closet full of flattering outfits that take you from relaxing on the patio in cool gingham to stepping out in sophisticated glamour with all the stops pulled out. Thanks to the inspiration of customer Denise B., I’ve also added a brand new set of instructions for a breathtaking petticoat a lá Alice Lon! See the embedded video below for a peep at this classic 1950s wardrobe staple!

  • All sizes from 4-18 included.Please note that this will comfortably fit up to a D cup. Those with larger cup sizes will need to do a full-bust adjustment or wait for the size 18-26 pattern, which is on the drawing board now!
  • Options for short, cuffed sleeves; bracelet-length fitted sleeves; full skirt; pencil skirt; removable collar dickie; detachable peplum; blouse and skirt separates.
  • Detailed, illustrated instructions included.
  • Bonus instructions in the appendix for creating a sumptuously full petticoat (see the video below!).
  • Download the yardage chart for this pattern.
  • ePattern available for instant download, including photo instructions in color.
  • Photo instructions PDF available to download.
  • This pattern is rated intermediate, due to the tailored fit and zipper step on the pencil skirt option. I am always happy to help beginners over email, so if you’ve made a skirt or basic dress and want to step up to the challenge with a bit of help, don’t hesitate to drop me a line!

A note about paper patterns: Because printing costs have risen so much over the years, and because ePatterns now represent 85% of our sales, we will be phasing out paper patterns except to our wholesale clients by the end of 2017. You can purchase the ePattern from my site, using the button below. If you prefer the paper version, please check with one of our retailers (who should have stock by the end of October 2017).

Just check out this squeal-worthy petticoat!

9 comments on “Ladies’ Classic 1950s Wardrobe Pattern”

    • Hi, Geraldine! The final pieces go to the grader in mid-October, so I hope to have the sizes tested and the pattern ready by end of November (hold your thumbs!). I’ll send out an eNewsletter and announce on social media when it’s ready!

      • We’ll be waiting!

        I just recently got back into sewing, and finding a retro pattern that would actually fit is incredibly exciting!

  1. Squeal!!! My husband just let me order the printed pattern!!! Even he agrees it’s terrific!!! I can’t wait until it gets here. What fabrics would you recommend that I purchase???

  2. Yes! I also would like to have the larger pattern. Can I pre-order that or should I wait for you to send out your eNewsletter? How can I sign up for your eNewsletter? I have purchased several of your patterns and enjoy reading the instructions and the stories that come with them. I found out about you by reading, “Among the Janeites”. What a great book by Deborah Yaffe. Thank you so much for what you do!

    • Hi, Polly! There’s no pre-order button for the larger size range yet, since I don’t have costs worked out. Hoping to get that one up for sale by end of November. The pieces go to the grader on October 17! Thanks so much for your interest, and what fun that you read Deborah’s great book! You can sign up for my eNewsletter HERE. 🙂

  3. Yeah so happy you’re including plus sizes. I’ve been dying to be able to buy vintage style patterns that fit me. Can’t wait till they are for sale 😍

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