Spring Vintage Dresses

The sun has been out in London this week and it’s got me thinking about losing the winter woolies and getting into some pretty spring dresses. I love the dresses Betty Draper wears in Mad Men and would love to steal her style. So I’ve been looking online for a few ideas.

Betty’s Style…

I love Betty’s cotton shirt dresses – The perfect early 60s housewife look

Here are a few dresses that I love for the spring…

1950s shell pink dress with rosebuds and lace £45 Love Miss Daisy

Picture of 1950s floral shirtwaister vintage dress

1950s floral shirtwaister vintage dress £65 Love Miss Daisy

Pale lilac and grey plaid vintage 50s dress £55 Love Miss Daisy

50s Shirtwaist Dress / 1950s Dress, Pink Pastel Striped Cotton Day Dress, Pleated Full Skirt Rockabilly, Kay Windsor, 40B 26W

Pink pastel striped cotton shirtwaister dress $50 Etsy

1950s SHIRTWAIST DRESS // blue & white gingham // M-L c722

Blue and white gingham shirtwaister dress $76 Etsy

These dresses all reminded me of Betty’s style and the shirtwaister dresses she wears to perfection. And if you can’t find the perfect dress why not make your own?

I love this pattern which is £7.99 on Ebay


  1. laurelrainsnow February 16, 2013 / 6:46 pm

    Oh, these take me back! And the Simplicity pattern reminds me of my mom sewing up a storm.

  2. Miss Fairchild February 17, 2013 / 2:45 am

    I love all of these! I am obsessed with shirt dresses. I also have at least 3 shirt dress patterns. They seem to be the only thing I can find in my bust size! I just wish I could find a vintage one in my size….these are all so fabulous.

    • vintagefrills February 23, 2013 / 2:35 pm

      Vintage dresses like these are very hard to find and expensive. I’m hoping to improve my sewing enough to make a few of my own. Xxx

  3. Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces February 17, 2013 / 6:11 pm

    Such great dresses…the pattern reminds me of dresses my mother made me! I remember wearing pretty things like these! Thanks so much for stopping by my cabinet post!

    • vintagefrills February 23, 2013 / 2:34 pm

      Thank you for commenting! I love looking at old family photos of my grandma wearing dresses just like these.

  4. Cindy February 20, 2013 / 1:50 am

    Love them all! So pretty and feminine…miss that in many of the styles today!
    Thanks so much for visiting me…

    • vintagefrills February 23, 2013 / 2:30 pm

      Exactly! I love the femininity of the era, I don’t think fashions have been anywhere near as ladylike since.

  5. Jessica Cangiano February 22, 2013 / 6:53 am

    These are all so immensely lovely! I adore vintage shirtwaist dresses and all the more so if a charming, feminine floral pattern is involved. I wish I could tap my heels together and have these all magically pop up in my closet right now! 🙂

    ♥ Jessica

    • vintagefrills February 23, 2013 / 2:19 pm

      Me too! I’m going to try and make a shirtwaister this year if I get the chance. Need to get some pretty cardigans to go with them too.

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