Tutorial: 1950's Holiday Outfit How-to


One of the perks of not having to travel for the holidays is that you have those few extra days to do last minute shopping, wrapping gifts and of course, planning your holiday party outfits.

I found these great little party clothes how-tos in a vintage magazine over the summer and have forgotten about it till now. These can be adapted for Christmas, New years or any other fancy parties throughout the year. Click images to enlarge, scroll down for complete directions and feel free to re-post and share with others! These are all from Good Houekeeping December 1958.

                                                            Belle of the Ball Skirts

For the skirt, you can sew your own, use one you have or find an inexpensive skirt at a thrift store. For the holiday decorations on these skirts, check your local craft store Christmas decor section. Pair your party skirt with a simple blouse and sparkly jewelry.
                                                                  Holiday Headliners
Some of these hats may leave your friends and family questioning your sanity but some of them are quite cute.

                                                         "The Most Beautiful Stole"

This one requires some time and sewing but would look great with your party skirt. I think I'll attempt one of these next year.


Belle of the Ball Skirt Directions
The Most Beautiful Stole Directions

Hat Directions page 1

Hat Directions page 2


  1. The "belle of the ball" skirts are fab!!!! Thank you for sharing these. I love all the vintage ads, too.


  2. I think I'm going to try the big bow on my head, my family already knows I've lost my sanity!! Congratulations on your newest addition!!!! I meant to e-mail you but I've been busy, sorry! And Merry Christmas!!
    Yours truly,

  3. So cute! I bet the skirts could be made detachable by attaching the decorations on a belt rather than on the skirt itself. I may have to try that sometime.

  4. Thank you for sharing these with us!! I love the hats! Especially the two bows and the ostrich feather!

    In the Hammock Vintage

  5. I think I might try a hat of those ... my mental health and does not bother me after my previous post ....

  6. Merry Christmas! i loved seeing your comment thank you for you sweet kind my dear look so beautiful! Becomin' a mama is really flattering to you! Many blessings and a wonderful magical christmas my dear...huggs Cat

  7. I love ads like that...those hats though - wow. I'm not sure about them :)

    They might horrify my kid enough to make wearing one worthwhile!


  8. I always find my favorite patterns in thrift stores. Vintage patterns are the best! (not the easiest to follow)but still turn out great :0

    Big Hair and Bikinis


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