Photos of me wearing the Pat Perkins 1950s dress and my 2021 version

Please note: I forgot to button the second button on the Alice Elizabeth dress when putting it on for the photo. Also my version of the dress was created for a Misses Size 8. I did not alter the pattern or the dress because this is part of my portfolio, not my personal wardrobe.

The Pat Perkins dress is a little short in the waist for me. otherwise the fit is very good. There is a 2″ style ease at the waistlisne which makes putting on the dress very easy. I wore the dress all morning and found the side zipper did not bother me at all. Going forward, I will use a lapped zipper in he side seam for my next 1950s style dress. I think I made too much work for myself going with snaps from waist to knee.

The side seam zipper lies flat. It does not affect the hip line or bodice side seam. I think this is because the fabric is a lightweight cotton. This was an amazing purchase, The dress is in such good condition. I feel so fortunate to have it both to wear and use as a study piece for learning more about vintage garment construction.

Published by EmilyAnn Frances

I was born and raised in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York. I attended Hunter College where I graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English Language Arts. After graduation I worked in various industries such as publishing, fashion, financial services, investment banking, and for government. My passion for fashion was nurtured at the French Fashion Academy where I learned dressmaking, patternmaking, sketching and draping. My enjoyment of dressmaking and family history find a wonderful home here at WordPress. I hope you enjoy both of my blogs.