20 Free 1950s Style Dress Patterns


My kids return to school next month and although I'll miss them while they're gone all day I will be so happy to have more time and space for sewing again! I've been pouring over all kinds of websites looking for sewing inspiration and I collected some beautiful freebie patterns that I'm dying to try. \

Sewing can be more expensive than buying ready-to-wear clothes so free patterns are great for a sewist on a budget! Here are 20 free 1950s style dress patterns and tutorials, I hope you enjoy them!
 For more freebies, check out my Free Patterns page

 Twirling Sundress tutorial from Mama Says Sew

This beautiful twirl dress features a ruffle neckline with short sleeves and a twirly circle skirt. Sew it in a fabulous novelty print or solids for a great vintage basic in a capsule wardrobe.

twirling sundress tutorial from mama says sew

Day Date Dress Tutorial from Elle Apparel Blog

This classic day dress features short sleeves, a gathered flowy skirt and sweet collar. Perfect for the office and date in the evening.

Barbara Dress pattern from On the Cutting Floor

The Notebook Inspired gingham dress from All Free Sewing

This sweetheart bodice halter dress is inspired by one of my favorite romantic moves, The Notebook and best of all, it has pockets!! If you love The Notebook, check out my theme week on The Notebook and how to get Allie's beautiful hair and wardrobe.

Sun Dress tutorial from The Sassy Sparrow

Sun Dress tutorial from The Sassy Sparrow

Gingerbread Coffee Date Dress, this is modified from the Coffee Date dress pattern from Burda Style
(click the link to the right of the photo)

Date Night Dress pattern from Love Sewing Magazine

Little Black Circle Skirt Dress free pattern from Craftsy

Mixed Stripe Flare Dress from Bluprint

Elsa Sweetheart dress pattern from Burda Style 

Elsa Sweetheart dress pattern from Burda Style

Nadja wiggle dress from Burda Style

nadja wiggle dress free pattern from Burda Style

the easy tee dress pattern from Its Always Autumn

the easy tee dress pattern from Its Always Autumn

1950s Carmen Dress pattern from Ralph Pink

Garden Party dress pattern from Honig Design

Garden Party dress pattern from Honig Design

Rosemary dress free pattern (dark green below) from A Robot Heart

Easy boatneck dress tutorial from OhOhBlog

Easy boatneck dress tutorial from OhOhBlog

Katjusha Swing Dress size 34-36 from Burda Style

Katjusha Swing Dress size 34-36 from Sewing Galaxy

Sundress Bodice Pattern from Vera Venus

Sweetheart halter dress  and  50s sleeveless box pleat dress free patterns from Sew Vera Venus 

1950s Couture Dress Pattern from the Victoria and Albert Museum


  1. They are all just beautiful and lady-like. Dark green is my fav:)

  2. This is a fabulous collection, thank you for collecting them and sharing!

  3. Excellent, thank you! I'm always on the look out for free patterns that are actually good quality. :)

  4. I love when you post free patterns, I have already saved several. Thanks you. Have a lovely day. :)

  5. Terrific roundup. Thanks so much for sharing!

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

  6. Thanks for the inspiration! I need to get back into my sewing game!

  7. What an amazing set!
    This is a great find, my dear. Thank you ever so much for being so diligent and posting all of these pretty patterns.


  8. Wow! This is such a great list, thanks for sharing.

  9. Wow! Thank you for including my pattern for the Rosemary dress! I guess I need to improve&update it now that it's gone more public! :D

  10. Does anyone know where to get the pattern for the 50s sweetheart dress from Inspired To Make? The link is broken. It's the 7th one down, the one with the purple flowers.

  11. Ohhhhh I love vintage dresses. Thank you for compiling these. I see two or three okay four or fie that I am going to try and make. I love how the vintage styles are more forgiving and even compliment my pear shaped body. YAY

  12. Only a couple of these links still work :(

    1. This post was just updated, all of the links work :)


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