Cissy is looking every inch the fashion doll in this must-have of vintage fashion. The fuller the skirt the better in the 1950s! With the aid of multiple layers of petticoats, 1950s skirts were as voluminous as the wearer could make them. These 1950s skirts usually start with a 3 inch wide waistband at just above the natural waist using 4-5 yards of fabric. To be really in fashion, the skirt had to be made out of wool. Extremely heavy and difficult to keep full even with hoops and petticoats underneath, they were only for the bravest young ladies.
The full skirt was popular because it was flattering. The fullness hid big hips and made waists look smaller. The fuller the skirt the more magic it had on slimming waistlines. Adding a wide cinch belt over the skirt band created an even more “wasp waist” look. Leather and plastic belts were very popular, but they were prone to tearing and bunching up blouses. The elastic cinch belt was the best at both keeping blouses tucked and waists thin.
Full circle skirt available through Vogue Patterns.