The 1950s was a time for feminine looks in big skirts. But it was also a time of thrift, practical creativity and making the most out of plaids and prints and even flour and sugar sacks in some part of the North American continent. These kinds of prints were accented with ricrac, embroidery, and piping; embellishments that were accessible to the home sewer.
This dress has darts in the front bodice, a round collar and rounded cuffs made in a contrasting color; a full skirt that falls above the knees on the doll, and an apron that ties at the sides of the skirt. The apron skirt is made from the same contrast fabric as the collar and cuffs. The collar and cuffs can be made with piping or edged with ricrac or left plain. Another alternative is to apply an embroidered applique on the collar and cuffs either with purchased appliques or by machine.
The apron is finished at the waistline with bias tape and then is attached to the dress. The apron can also be finished with a satin or grosgrain ribbon instead of the bias tape. The apron can also be made separate and tied at the sides of the dress.
Recommended Fabrics: light to medium weight cotton or cotton blends
Skill Level: Intermediate
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Here’s my latest sewing project - (pattern from Dolls at Heart called "1950’s Collar and Cuffs Apron Dress”). Love those sailor dresses. But look how cute this outfit is with and without the apron. It’s like getting two patterns in one. Actually more because you could add the separate apron to other dresses. And imagine it with Mary Ellen’s diner set!