Be a Bombshell: Retro Bombshell Dresses

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Sewing | Comments


Retro style is pretty much always “in.” Whether you’re fully committed to vintage style or just want something extra special for an event, a bombshell dress is a great place to start.

You can learn how to make your vintage-style dress in the Craftsy class Sew Retro Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress, taught by Gretchen Hirsch. One of the coolest things about the class is once you learn how to assemble the BurdaStyle dress pattern that’s included, you can customize it to make it your own!

Here’s a look at some awesome bombshell dresses made by Craftsy members who took the class!

Woman in Polka Dot Bombshell Dress Leaning Against Palm Tree

Polka dots are a natural choice for a bombshell dress. I love this black-and-white version from Cut and Sewed. Styled to perfection!

Woman in Iridescent Green Bombshell Dress

Jenniferose7 made her bombshell dress in a gorgeous green, and turned the extra yardage into a matching bolero that’s just perfect for covering your shoulders on chilly nights. She also whipped up a cool Star Wars bustier using the same pattern. Sew fun!

Girl in Black and Red A-Line Retro Dress

Aina83 made a red and black color-blocked version of the dress. I love how she switched it up with a full circle skirt.

Girl on Porch in Pink Iridescent Retro Dress

She-She Girl also added a full skirt to the bombshell dress to create a custom pink prom dress for her daughter to wear to prom. Cute!

Girl in Grey Patterned Bombshell Dress Standing by Window

Katylissa made her Liberty Bombshell Dress, seen above, from Liberty Lawn Cotton, a perfect fabric choice is perfect for a more casual look.

Girl Wearing Glasses in Tropical-Patterned Bombshell Dress

Lafleurgoddess also went a bit more casual with a floral print for a friend’s tiki-inspired bridal shower.

Girl Spinning in Blue Comic-Patterned Retro Dress

Marvel fans will dig this fun variation, a comic-inspired bombshell dress from punkmik.

Once you have the perfect bombshell dress, complete the look with vintage-inspired undergarments.

Smooth out the lines of your bombshell dress with a Vintage Style 1950s French Corselet pattern, which is like a corset but without all of the uncomfortable boning, by Craftsy member Mrs. Depew. And stitch up her 40s Style French Bra to go with it. A glam slip is another bombshell must-have.

The Goddess of Glam Full Slip & Cami pattern from Barbara Deckert can be a full slip or a half slip, and the slip itself has so many uses (slip, nightie, dress or top).

If slips aren’t your thing, whip up a vintage-style teddy instead. This pattern is perfect for lounging around the house in style and comfort.

Feeling inspired?

Sign up for the Sew Retro Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress today, and then be sure to share your projects with the Craftsy community!

You may also enjoy our roundup of vintage apron patterns!

How would you style your bombshell dress?

Comments

  1. Great photos and a very informative article. Retro is never out and it takes little effort to pull off an exquisite retro look. The photos above are perfect examples that celebrities aren’t the only ones who can get away with a retro look. Thanks for a great read!