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Fashion of the 1950s: 41 Vintage Sewing Projects

Put a modern spin on classic vintage fashion with these free sewing patterns inspired by the 1950s.

By: Annie Rosean, Editor, AllFreeSewing.com
Updated October 25, 2022
Fashion of the 1950s 41 Vintage Sewing Projects

Fashion of the 1950s: 41 Vintage Sewing Projects celebrates one of the twentieth century's most momentous periods in fashion.

On an economic upswing, trailblazers of fashion weren't afraid to try new hemlines, waistlines, and fits. 50s' style was all about class, and this roundup of vintage sewing patterns proves that these designs were and still are timeless.

Any cool cat would dig clothing made from the sewing projects below. These tutorials on how to sew a skirt, dress, top, and more yield products that reflect the fashion of the 1950s.

Vintage sewing projects like these are all the rage right now, precisely because they are retain their eye appeal from one decade to the next.

You might choose to create DIY handbags that are upcycled, skirts made from tulle, or a pill box hat out of your favorite fabric. Whatever you decide to sew, you can't go wrong with these vintage sewing patterns from the list below. From chic dresses to cute accessories, fashion of the 1950s has it all. 

OK, big daddy, are you writing a book? Quit questioning whether or not you'll sew these vintage sewing patterns and get to it.

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1950s' Vintage Patterns for Dresses & Skirts

Nothing says the 1950s like skirts and dresses! The 1950s was the height of ladylike fashion, and dresses and skirts pulled away from the boxier, military-inspired shapes of the 1940s and focused instead on creating a softer and rounded silhouette.

The typical 1950s silhouette highlights a small waist against a fuller skirt, and popular details include ribbon trim, bows, and crinolines or tulle underneath skirts. This list of 1950s inspired dress and free skirt patterns are filled with feminine styles, tea-length skirts, and most importantly, lots of fun details.

Fashion of the 1950s: Tops and More Wearables

If you've been searching for even more 1950s inspired sewing patterns, then you're in the right place. Our list of vintage-inspired sewing patterns includes DIY accessories, ladies' top patterns, and more!

Detailed in this list are other wearable and embellishment projects, such as peter pan collars, high fitted waists, vintage DIY bikinis, and lots of feminine details like ruffles and bows.

50s' Style Sewn Hair Accessories

One of the fashion highlights of the 1950s was hair accessories such as hats, headbands, and veils. Worn by fashion icons like Doris Day, Sandra Dee, and Elizabeth Taylor, DIY hair accessories like these are sure to be attention grabbers and are the perfect complement to any outfit.

Plus, these hair accessory patterns are a great way to add some gorgeous vintage touches to your wardrobe without looking like a costume.

1950s' DIY Handbags, Purses, and Clutches

A lady's outfit is never complete without the perfect bag! DIY clutches and other small purses were popular with 1950s women and were used as daily pocketbooks as well as essential evening wear.

While modern clutches often use materials like leather or vinyl, vintage clutches were often an affordable way to add elegance to one's wardrobe with fabrics like satin or velvet and details like beading. Make a vintage-inspired clutch for your modern wardrobe with these DIY bags.

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1950s fashion is so iconic, what's not to love? I especially like the hair accessories. That birdcage veil is just gorgeous!

What a great variety of vintage patterns! A lot of these remind me of when I used to watch classic movies as a child. Love it!

The 50s party dress isn't actually a pattern-it's just a review.

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