Gertie’s Ultimate Guide to Foundation Garments – Bras & Corsets

The Waspie Belt vintage sewing pattern from Charm Patterns.

“What bra are you wearing underneath that dress?” This is one of the questions I get asked all the time! The right foundation garments can do wonders to get that iconic ’50s silhouette, which was all about defined waists, perky busts, and curvy hips. I don’t wear shapewear everyday, but when I do, I am […]

Gertie’s Ultimate Guide to Foundation Garments – Petticoats, Slips, & Panties

Gertie from Charm Patterns with her petticoats showing.

“What’s the secret to the perfect 1950’s silhouette?” The 1950’s was all about defined waists, perky busts, and curvy hips. To get your outfit to look like our Charm photos or have a traditional vintage silhouette, you’ll want to invest in the right bra, shapewear, and a few fluffy petticoats. (Check out Part One of […]

Mary Sun Hat pattern

Inspired by designs of the 1950s and ’60s, this sweet sun hat is sure to turn you into the belle of the beach. Not only does this bonnet open flat for easy storage but it can also be rolled up to fit neatly in your suitcase, making packing for your summer vacation a breeze. This millinery marvel can be made in a variety of fabrics, no matter your personal style—and it’s reversible!