Butterick recently released some very pretty vintage inspired dress patterns for Spring 2014 that are concentrated on the 1950s.
Like this circa 1950s dress that can be made into a day dress or evening depending on the fabric and pattern version choices. This sample made in what looks like a yellow windowpane-like textured cotton can bring out your inner June Cleaver. Just add pearls.
I can see the version with a collar made up in a watercolor floral print cotton for a day dress or in a sophisticated polished cotton or floral silk for a daytime wedding. The version with the sweetheart neckline looks like it can be sewn up in a black satin for an evening look.
Here’s a 1950s wedding gown and bridesmaid dress that will make you look like you just stepped out of the film, “Father of the Bride”, and I’m talking the original with Spencer Tracey and Elizabeth Taylor.
I can see these dresses hemmed up to tea-length for garden weddings.
And then there’s Gertie’s Alfred Shaheen inspired sarong dress pattern. It comes in two versions, one wiggle dress tight and the other with a full skirt.
The smocked side panels will ensure that this dress will snugly fit any body. Nice, thoughtful detail Gertie!
If the 1950s are a time period of fashion that you enjoy, you’re in luck this spring!