1950’s Overskirt Video Tutorial: Beginner’s Sewing

1950's overskirt

The other day, I was watching my season 5 DVD set of I Love Lucy…. you know, the Hollywood episodes.  And as I was watching one of the episodes, Lucy wore one of my favorite outfits in the entire series. A delicious creation featuring an overskirt attached to a bodice with coordinating skinny pants.  

Here is the image of it from the show, along with the original sketch by Elois Jensson:

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Lucy in Palm Springs

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Now, this particular outfit has been placed on my “To Create” list, however I wanted to do something quick and easy for a fun tutorial for my blog.  So, I did some more research, and found a few easy examples of this look:

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Fun, flirty, and offering extreme versatility, this overskirt is a fantastic 1950’s addition that can easily find it’s way into our 21st century wardrobe!

What you will need:

  • Fabric of choice in any amount you desire.  I used 1 3/8 yards as it was the only amount available in this particular pattern, but adjust as needed.
  • Thread
  • 1 hook and bar closure

This tutorial is broken into three parts with video instruction for each section.

Part One:

In the first clip, I will show you the length and width for the skirt, how to create and place the pockets, as well as hemming the skirt.

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Part Two:

The second video focuses on gathering, pinning, and stitching the skirt to the waistband.

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Part Three:

This last clip goes over whipstitching the waistband as well as how to close the skirt  in the front.


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I hope these simple steps help lead you down the road to a fun and flirty 1950’s overskirt!  Feel free to share your creation in the comments below or over on my Facebook page!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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The One-Yard Blouse: 1950’s Style

This is truly one of those patterns that can be made in a multitude of fabrics to accommodate a variety of events and climates.  You can wear it with a cardigan, by itself with a pair of cropped pants, or imagine one out of silk tucked into a pouffy circle skirt….the possibilities are truly endless.

All you need is one hour, one yard of fabric, and one great outfit is within your reach!

Happy Sewing!

The Materials:

  • 1 yard fabric
  • 18-25″ double fold bias tape
  • 1  – 4″ zipper
  • 1 – 7″ zipper

The Pattern:

1950’s One Yard Blouse Pattern

**** Please note that the length of this blouse should be based off of your own measurements.  Use this pattern as a guide while drafting your own blouse.***

The Process:

1. Start by sewing the shoulder pieces to the bodice piece of the front and the back.

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**I have already snipped the back bodice piece in anticipation of the zipper. (See pattern)

2. Place the two bodice pieces on either your dress form or yourself to pin the darts.

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3. Stitch the darts and trim off excess fabric.

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4.  Go ahead and insert the 4″ zipper on the back bodice right below the neckline.

Stitch a portion of the side seam on the side you wish to have the longer zipper.  Make sure to leave 8″ to accommodate the zipper and a hem.  Insert the 7″ zipper.

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5.  Stitch the other side seam and the shoulder seams.

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6.  Make a hem on the bottom of the blouse and stitch.  Hem the armholes.

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7.  Run a gathering stitch along the neckline of the front piece.  Gather gently.

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8. Measure out enough bias tape for you neck along with 1/2″ to tuck under at the edges.  Pin to neckline gathering up the front of the bodice as needed.  Stitch making sure to catch the edges of the zipper tape in the bias tape for a clean look.

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And that is all you need to have a wonderful top to take on vacation, wear in the backyard or out shopping!

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A Little Dress with a Big Bow

I absolutely love clothes that have a subtle or slight decoration.  These are the additions that can take a dress, a blouse, or  a jacket to the next level.  Now granted, this little number has a bow that many would not call subtle, but that is all that it has…and I love the simplicity.

This shift dress is a classic example of “I thought it out one way, and it came out a different way.”  If any of you are seamstresses, you will understand what I mean.  🙂 The good thing is that I like this version much better!

I based this creation off of a picture I found in one of my 1950’s Simplicity sewing magazines.  Between the size of the cream bow and the contrast it creates against the muted tones of the brown and gray print, this little dress is certainly not to be overlooked.

Nothing is particularly special about the creation of this below the knee length dress (I have attached the pattern that I have created below) except that two very large buttonholes were made in which the bow (kept stiff with interfacing) was inserted.  A lot of darts helped create the shape and a 22″ zipper closes up the back.

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Dress with Bow Pattern

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Would any of you be brave enough to pull of this look?  I would do it in a heartbeat, but then I would of course worry about spilling coffee on myself! 🙂

Have a fabulous Friday everyone!

~Aimee

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