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50’s drss

sallyanne | Posted in General Discussion on

i am planning on making a 50’s cocktail dress for my daughter out of silk tafetta – close fitting bodice and full skirt. The pattern instructions do not include boning or other ‘construction’ techniques that I,m sure would have been used in a couture dress. Any suggestions on how to get a real 50’s couture look?


  1. beo | | #1

    See the Threads #93 issue "Couture techniques for every sewer."  It featured Vogue 2268 pattern, underrlined with silk organza, lined with China silk, a waist stay,no facings and a hand picked zipper.

    1. sallyanne | | #2


  2. jjgg | | #3

    Is the dress strapless? if not you really don't need to put boning in it

  3. cat42 | | #4

    Have you checked out the post by suesewing in the photo gallery, of a 50-s style cocktail dress, with boning, she made for her daughter? It's gorgeous, and she might be able to give you some tips. Here's the url: http://forums.taunton.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=tp-gatherings&msg=10261.1
    (It's post number 1026.1, listed under main heading of "Photo Gallery" as "cocktail dress". It's a recent post).

    1. sallyanne | | #5

      thanks very much!

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