Revisiting the 1950’s

My favorite designer is Christian Dior, so it was a no-brainer when I saw Simplicity Pattern 1155. To see a woman in a well-made dress, one that doesn’t outshine her, but becomes one with her, well…that’s perfection.  For me the style of the 1950’s (which was the era when Dior launched his first collection) was all about the cut and the details. It was the post-war era when full flowing skirts and soft rounded shapes oozed opulence. 

While attending The Fashion Institute of South Florida two years ago I began working on a full skirt pattern, but the idea for this style wasn’t fully there yet, so I put it aside. Then when I came across Simplicty Pattern 1155, I knew that unfinished skirt’s other half had finally come along.  The perfect pair if I say so myself.  So I altered the pattern to make it a crop top with button and loop closure.  It was important to keep the 1950’s element, but I added a modern twist to it, which is why this is a two piece. Though the top portion was cut low, I still wanted it to have the seamless continuation with a hint of skin at the waist.  I love the pleat detail in white against the fabrics shine and matte color.  Using both sides of the fabric gives it dimension and interest.  A detachable tulle bow in the back is the perfect accessory that ties it all together. The finished set exceeded my expectations.  It was a fun and girlie project I couldn’t pass up!

The crop top is made of white matte rayon and the matte side of the silky print fabric.  It has a calico underlined boned bodice along with an acetate lining fell stitched into place.  The straps are fell stitched along the edge of the top. The back has a handmade loop and button closure with a detachable tulle bow.  

The skirt is made from the glossy side of the silky print with a tulle overlay.  The inside is lined with blue acetate fabric and hemmed with lace for a polish look.  It has two interior hanging loops made from the lining fabric. An invisible zipper, hook & eye closure finish up the back.

Contact me if you would like to have this set as part of your fashion wardrobe, or any other retro inspired designs. I hope your weekend is fun and fashionable!



Removable bowtie on back


Model: Keily Camejo

*model is wearing a petticoat


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