If you fancy 50s fit and flared dresses , then, if you haven’t already, you need to find yourself a princess style version. This silhouette is one of my favorites to come out of that era. A princess line dress doesn’t have a waist seam. The way it forms to the body is through the cutting and sewing of vertical panels, each one designed to be narrower on top and widen toward the bottom to give the dress it’s fitted bodice and full skirt shape. The vertical seaming draws the eye down, so creates a very slimming look.
Nowadays you don’t see many dresses in stores constructed this way. The most obvious reason would be the amount of fabric and labor it takes to cut and sew a pattern design made up of so many pieces. The more seams, the more it costs to make the dress. You do sometimes see this silhouette in bridal wear, though.
I only have rudimentary sewing skills, so when I look at a 1950s princess style dress with many panels, it never ceases to amaze me how all those separate pattern pieces come together so perfectly! If I had to sew it up, I’m sure the dress would be unrecognizable when I got done with it!
Below are some examples of 1950s figure flattering princess line dresses.
This dress was made from Vogue Pattern 8234- The yummy color is called “orange ice.” And I love that starburst pin!
From a 1954 Glamour Magazine.
Princess style black and white check coatdress by Leslie Fay.
1954 Glamour Magazine.
Campus Casuals Schiffli embroidered dresses. Glamour 1954.
The one on the left is interesting, as it has no defined waist seam on the front panel, but the sides show dropped waist seams.
The one on the right has an empire waist seam so the panels begin just below the bust.
This 1950s Simplicity Pattern from Etsy Seller Crafty Paneen is a lovely example of the princess silhouette.
And check out this lovely 1950s ice blue damask princess style dress that we just added to our website.
It has eight separate panels, plus long vertical darts, to create its flattering fit and flared shape.
Have a glamorous day!