Tuesday, May 24, 2011

1950s Petal Dress

Women’s fashion in the 1950s is characterized by soft flowing lines, and very feminine shapes. Skirts took a variety of shapes, from pencil skirts to the iconic "poodle skirt" with everything in between. Clara's dress for today is from 1957. The dress has an elongated petal waist, and a full skirt. This would be a great party dress, because the skirt will flare out when Clara dances.

Sometime soon, I will have to add a nice poodle-style skirt for Clara! The circle skirts used so much cloth. They remind me of the skirts from one century before: the 1850s crinolines like this one!

Clara's shoes have low curvy heels and a simple scallop that echoes the petal shape of the dress. A pillbox hat, just coming into poularity at this time, tops off Clara’s late 1950s outfit.

The original dress was a light blue with tiny pink and yellow flowers. The hat was black with a pink rose, and the shoes were black as well. Although the designs work well together, the original colors sure don't!

Be creative with your coloring. I simply provided the original colors as a reference point. You may also be interested to know that black and white were extremely popular. Ladies wore white with black accessories and trim, or black with a little white. Some of the popular colors for clothing in the 1950s were:

To print Clara's Dress, use this PDF file:
Clara's Dress 11 (607k)

Clara is a free, printable paper doll. Clara will be available on this blog as long as I continue to post new fashion pages for her. You can read the introduction for the Clara paper doll here.

To print the Clara paper doll, use this PDF file:
The Clara Paper Doll (718k)

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