Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What I Wore | 1950s Poodle Skirt

After working on my circle skirt for Casey's sew along these past two days {it just needs to be hemmed!}. I've been in a very 1950s mood. What I really wanted to wear today was my only true vintage dress. But sadly, this spring it became too small for me to wear. Meaning the dress just sits in my closet. So instead I wore my poodle skirt and 50s blouse that I made back in late February of 2009.

I must admit the last time I wore this combination was in March of 2009. It was to the screening of a movie that I did the costumes and make-up for. But when I wore this outfit, I hid most of what I was wearing underneath my winter coat. I wasn't brave enough yet for everyone to see my 1950s style outfit. Now, I feel like myself in vintage style clothing. I don't feel like I need to hid my outfits under coats anymore. Why look, I'm wearing a 50s petticoat too with this outfit! I would have to say, blogging about my outfits over the past two years has helped me wear what I truly want to wear. It has also help me build up my confidence - fashion wise. It also helps that I follow people like, Casey and Amber {two of my favorite people in the blogging world} who dress like this all the time.

navy blue poodle circle skirt made by me/ mustard yellow blouse made by me/ black belt came with a dress {Liz Claiborne}/ grey knee highs target/ black pumps famous footwear/ sense & sensibility patterns umbrella from Mrs. Jennie Chancey 

Sewing Information::

Skirt Pattern: Simplicity #5403 (you can still buy this pattern)
Fabric: Cotton broadcloth (poodle: felt / The leash: string of plastic beads from Joann Fabrics)

   I used snaps to close up the side {no, zipper on this skirt. I didn't enjoy putting in zippers when I made this skirt. But once I took a class on putting in zippers I didn't fear them anymore.}

Blouse Pattern: Vintage Simplicity 4757 {1954}
Fabric: Vintage fabric that was given to me. I have no clue to the date of the fabric. Any ideas anyone? As I would love to know how old the fabric is.

  I could have added more buttons down the front. There are only three. Um, yes. It was fine when I first wore the blouse. But, um, when it was washed it wasn't so good anymore. So when ever I wear the blouse I add safety pins to help close the blouse up.

See this fabric? It is the fabric for my circle skirt that I'm making right now. When I bought the fabric in L.A. I didn't know what I was going to use it for. It turned out it was perfect for a circle skirt. I can't wait to style the skirt when it is done. *smiles*

I also want to say hello to any new readers from Pink Lemonade {The Blog}. For those who don't know, I did a guest post on there today. Go check it out here.


  1. You look adorable! I love it! Simplicity #5403 is the same pattern I use for my circle skirts!!

  2. So cute, Ashley! I love it when you do what you're wearing posts.
    By the way, the fabric you're making your circle skirt out of is darling! I can't wait to see your finished skirt.
    xx Achaia

  3. Love it! I love poodle skirts. I have one that my mom used to wear. I like to wear it, but I haven't worn it much. Thanks for reminding me of how great poodle skirts are. I love yours!


  4. Cute outfit, Ashley! I'll have to hop on over to Casy and Amber's blogs! I love finding new fashion blogs, it's like finding a treasure!
    A Modest Fashion Blog:

  5. This outfit is really adorable! :)

    That's the same pattern I used for a felt poodle skirt for Halloween a few years ago.

    My circle skirt for the sewalong is going to be navy blue, like your poodle skirt. :)


  6. Oh my golly--I adore your outfit!!! :D The blouse looks really sweet with that skirt too; I love it! :) You've given me ideas about what to pair with my bee circle skirt when I take outfit photos (I just need to make a petticoat, because this sucker is so heavy I need THREE of them underneath! ;).

    I just have to tell you thank you for your sweet words--they really brightened my day! :)

  7. I love this outfit! The poodle skirt is just way too adorable. :)

    Have a lovely day! xxxx~Kelsey

  8. What a classic 50s outfit! You did a great job, and I love those pictures.

    Thanks for sharing!



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