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Retro Summer Dresses

We love to make 1950s and 1960s style dresses.

Some for bridesmaids and summer weddings, some for work, author’s book tours, some for picnics and BBQs.Bell Dress

Because everything we do is custom, we can make a dress in any fabric and with any set of details you can imagine.

Suppose you see an old newsreel and like the dress that Jackie Kennedy is wearing in it.  Just forward a still on to us and we can duplicate it, either exactly, or with a more modern fit for wear with modern undergarments.Cotton Bell Dress

We can get 10s of thousands of different fabrics.

If you email me, I can send you links to some of the best suppliers of designer fabrics or can mail you swatches of the fabrics that we have in stock.  Classic wool suitings (we specialize in crepe!), satins and silks, or cotton sateen and cotton prints.

We can make dresses in any size as well.  So if you have a hard to fit figure, but want something that flatters, we can handle it.

For special dresses, we do a muslin fitting .  For this process, we make a mock-up of the dress in cotton and send that to you to try on and provide us with digital pics (or we fit it on you in person if you can make it to Denver).  Wool Crepe 1950s Dress

This guarantees a perfect fit and the exact look you are going for.

The pictures show different dresses that we have made in the past month or so.

A draped bell dress with dolman sleeves made from nude cotton sateen with horsehair in the hem.

Two plus size dresses in stunning cotton prints with a wide surplice.  And a mini surplice 1950s style dress made from hunter wool crepe.

Early 1960s Dress SketchThe sketches show some different ideas that I just sketched up for a group that is having us make some retro bridesmaid’s dresses.

1950s Bridesmaids Dresses

Contact Lianna to talk more about designing the perfect dress (superhero@vigilantelabs.com).