Collecting vintage sewing patterns is a hobby that requires no sewing skills! The pattern covers of this era were works of art that captured the style, glamor and vibe of the 1950s. See how much has changed in the fashion world and how much has come back in style!
All rare and out of print sewing pattern cover images in this article were obtained with permission from So Vintage Patterns.
Advance Patterns 5635 Sophisticated Dress
This evening dress had a cinched waist, high wing collar and stunning skirt details.
McCalls 4747 – Sheath evening dress
This flashy evening dress featured a very full overskirt.
Rare 1950s Givenchy dress and petticoat
Designed by Givenchy, McCalls 4221 is a cocktail dress design that gave women of that era the opportunity to sew their own designer evening wear.
Women's Day 5072 Beachwear Pattern
Woman's Day 5072 features a weekend wardrobe that hints at the fabulous clothing a weekend in the 1050s would require! This 4-piece weekend wardrobe includes a one-piece playsuit, skirt, waist-length jacket and reversible halter neck. The slim playsuit pants are easily hidden under a godet skirt.
Vogue 636 Couturier Design Wedding Dress Pattern
A woman could sew the wedding dress of her dreams with a Vogue Couturier Design wedding dress.
Butterick 5627 Glamorous wedding dress or evening dress
The scalloped edge of this neckline is divine!
Butterick 5901 Susie Stephens Design Strapless Dress
An elegant woman of that era could sew this “quick and easy” evening dress.
Simplicity 2121 1950s Rockabilly Beachwear Pattern
Simplicity 2121 gave fashionable seamstresses the ability to make a wing-neck crop top, high-waisted shorts, and a loose wrap skirt.
Spadea Dress Pattern 1272 designed by Harvey Berin
Spadea sewing patterns allowed seamstresses to make fashion designer clothes from the 50s and 60s. Spadea 1272 comes with a label to sew inside the finished dress!
McCalls 3992 Slim Cocktail Dress Pattern
McCalls 3992 featured a stunning draped square neckline, low strappy back and waist belt with buckle back.
McCalls 4271 Glamorous Women's House Coat
McCall's 4721, printed in 1958, was an A-line dress in two lengths. It featured an inverted pleat at the center back and a tie belt that ran across the sides of the dress to form an empire line in the front.
McCalls 9827 Evening Dress Pattern
Women in the 1950s could sew this elegant evening dress with McCalls pattern 9827.
Butterick 5739 Fine Dress Pattern
This dress pattern from Butterick should be suitable for a day or an evening!
Advance 9076 Beach Cover Up or Evening Jacket Pattern
This stylish design featured a jacket that would be suitable for the beach or a party. Note that the skirt is not included (and neither are the pants).
Simplicity Evening Dress Pattern 1770
This Simplicity evening dress featured a removable overskirt.
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