Vintage Sewing – a 1950’s apron blouse

A girl’s best friend is probably gay, as they’ll think of giving you vintage sewing magazines instead of a toaster as a wedding present . Thank you Marc and Henk!

Here’s the first make, a fabulous apron-blouse, for hosting in true MadMen style. Or just looking very innocent and eager to clean the house.


Only alteration, the bust darts, which were originally high under my chin, I guess perky was all the rage in 1950…


The saucy magazine the pattern is from:


Having sewn a few 1950’s patterns, I noticed they seem to manage the volumes of the human body better than many contemporary pattern makers. Just an opinion, but more on that in another post.


  1. I feel that 1950s German patterns are better drafted than some modern ones – more attention to detail and a better fit. I cannot speak for patterns from other countries as I’ve only used German ones because you get loads in a single magazine. 🙂

  2. You look really cute! I can see January Jones green with envy of your apron 🙂

  3. I’ve been wondering about those 1950s bust darts too – pretty high by modern standards. I think these two factors play a role: people were shorter back then, with proportionally shorter backs, so busts were higher too; and secondly most clothes were designed to be worn over corsets, and corsets push up the boobs, or at least prevent them from getting lower and lower with years.

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