Vintage Ribbon Detail

I’ve been looking a lot lately at vintage dresses on the holy grail of inspiration: Pinterest. One of the things I like to do is look at garments from past decades and think about how I’d use those ideas on a modern garment.

The voluminous, feminine full-skirted dresses of the 1950s often had romantic details such as one of my favourites, the bow. Used at collars, waistlines and hems, the completely girly detail of ribbons and bows in quintessential in this era. While day-dreaming about wearing the fashion of the 50s, without dealing with the anti-feminist sentiment, I thought about how to include the bow without reading costume party. I became completely obsessed with the skirt of this dress with it’s run of ribbons, tied off in a series of bows along the side.


At the same time, I had purchased the Chardon skirt from French indie label, Deer and Doe a while back, and was eager to make my own version. A sweet ribbon detail seemed a fitting complement to the inherent girly-ness of the Chardon’s inverted box pleats and a self fabric belt.


I used a really lovely cotton polka-dot fabric with lovely grey birds floating randomly among the dots. I choose a navy grosgrain ribbon to pick up the darker tones of the birds and ran a line 4″ up from the hem. A simple fold-over bow on the right finished the look. The finished skirt is modern and casual, but with a moment of femininity that hails back to the 1950s.

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Fabric and notions $50
Labour $65

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