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Your favourite 1950s style shoes please.

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withaspongeandarustyspanner Wed 15-May-13 13:51:32

I've posted on here a few weeks ago, asking for advice and opinions about a 1950s style Boden dress (Chancery) for a friend's wedding in June.

Based on your very sensible advice, and because I didn't LOVE it, I decided not to buy it.

Having not been able to find anything I do like (why is everything above the knee and/or yellow?) I've decided to make my own. I'm not sure of colour yet - I'm buying material tomorrow, but I'm looking for mint green, blue or tangerine.

And this is where I need your advice about shoes. What are your favourites?

Thank you all in advance.

MrsLettuce Wed 15-May-13 18:10:44

WHere have you looked for dresses? There I so many about, highstreet, repro and vintage. It's a shameful truth that making one will almost certainly be more expensive than buying unless you go top end.

MrsLettuce Wed 15-May-13 18:11:26

Oh, and on topic, could you link to the pattern? Would make it much easier to suggest shoes.

withaspongeandarustyspanner Wed 15-May-13 18:38:00

I think I have looked everywhere. I'm not kidding - I've been searching or about 4 weeks. I will try and link to pattern.

withaspongeandarustyspanner Wed 15-May-13 18:46:28

I'm no my phone so I can't do anything fancy - so here goes:

MrsLettuce Wed 15-May-13 18:48:57


FauxFox Wed 15-May-13 19:01:06

Nothing at Lady V you like? The perfect fabric is almost harder to find than an actual dress ime!

MrsLettuce Wed 15-May-13 19:56:38

this (comes in loads of colours) is pretty similar

happyreindeer Wed 15-May-13 20:04:47

Irregular choice?

MrsLettuce Wed 15-May-13 20:33:57

I'm guessing you're going for a more purist than whimsical style?

these are pretty good. mint

maybe worth a look
too printy

SundaySimmons Wed 15-May-13 20:39:14

I buy dresses from Heyday.

Excellent customer services, and the dresses are lovely.

MrsLettuce Wed 15-May-13 20:40:43

this is beautiful also with short sleeves
too whimsical?

withaspongeandarustyspanner Wed 15-May-13 21:16:41

OK, so I thought I'd looked EVERYWHERE turns out I should've asked you first.

I like all those dresses. I'd happily wear any/all of them. The only problem is the sizing. Or rather my sizing. I'm a 14 (I fit into size 14 clothes - though I can get into a 12 bottom). It's my waist though - according to those sizing charts, I'd need an 18 (not for my bust though) which is why I was hoping that I may be able to take that into account by making something.

Unless I need to look for foundation garments, while I'm at it smile

This is getting to be a really long shopping list! I heard today that the wedding will be Village Fete style so I think some of those dresses are just perfect.

And those shoes are what I'm looking for. As for colour, I guess it depends on the dress...

MrsLettuce Wed 15-May-13 21:18:40 wink

shoes again

more 40s

50s again

JackieTheFart Wed 15-May-13 21:30:12

Definitely at least try Lady V OP. The dresses are divine - I have two - and are really really well made. A lot of them are very cheap as well. They even have a style almost identical to that patter you've posted!

I'd wear some peep-toe wedges as perfect for summer, and dressy without being too dressy iykwim?

Are you sure you have measured yourself properly? A size 18 is showing as a 36" waist - don't forget to measure your natural waist.

JackieTheFart Wed 15-May-13 21:34:53

I know you said no yellow, but I adore this one and will be buying it come pay day. I love the blue circles one too.

I'm thinking these shoes or something similar. Those are a bit high for me and I would prefer something a bit more 50s. Actually these New Look ones are pretty nice and much cheaper!

withaspongeandarustyspanner Wed 15-May-13 22:18:56

Jackie what is my natural waist? But what I've measured is 35 - 34 on a 'thin' day. I've had 4 kids in 5 and a half years. My muscles don't play any more.

I love the yellow dress - probably one of my favourites there - but I can't wear it. My skin tones have too much yellow in and whenever I wear yellow I look like I have liver disease smile

withaspongeandarustyspanner Wed 15-May-13 22:25:56

And MrsLettuce - wow! I've not heard of What Katie Did before. I've found myself a corset and toying with ordering it.

Does anyone here have a corset? They're quite expensive so I'm anxious about taking the plunge.

And those shoes - I love the Mina Buenos Aires and the JFK.

withaspongeandarustyspanner Wed 15-May-13 22:45:55

I love this from Lady V.

Not mint green though, is it? smile

Rockchick1984 Thu 16-May-13 12:24:42

I love corsets although never paid anywhere near that amount for them - eBay ones as long as you get fully steel boned are fab. Personally I prefer underbust styles (I like to wear a padded bra) and they are perfect under 50's dresses - especially if you get a petticoat to go under the dress!

WeAreSix Thu 16-May-13 12:32:18

amazon 50s dress from this seller - have a look at her shop. I've got a blue version of this, and the fabric has got a good stretch.

I wore these shoes from Debenhams.

Whole outfit was inspired by Mumsnet! I felt fabulous smile

MrsLettuce Thu 16-May-13 15:59:25

Ah. I assumed you'd seen ladyV already when you said EVERYWHERE wink. Have you looked at the other usual 40s/50s repro dress suspects? Lindy Bop, 20th Century Foxy, Tara Starlet, Vivienne of Holloway, Hell Bunny? Whirling Turban dresses are fab but very pricey.

As far as underwear goes Katy is great but not cheap, love their seamed stockings. Spanx and a dress altered to fit might be easier. Corsets are a cult unto themselves, but yes, if you do go for one I'd vote for an under bust job too.

MrsLettuce Thu 16-May-13 16:33:03

the hell bunny may day dress

MrsLettuce Thu 16-May-13 16:41:36

40's blue beauty
dusty pale green 50's
blue rose print (these are boned)

kneedeepindaisies Thu 16-May-13 16:47:55

Wearesix- I love that dress you linked to. How long was it on you?

Sorry for the hijack OP.

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