Straight sheath dresses fitted and darted, or princess seamed, were made from satin cotton in sleeveless and cap sleeve versions. Fine wool crepe or Barathea was often used for a sleeved version. Many early fifties garments had boat or jewel necks and nearer the sixties scoop necklines were more usual.
For day, calf length, small waisted full skirted cotton and cotton satin or seersucker dresses with covered matching fabric belts, in beautiful floral and botanical prints, such as cabbage roses were typical choices. Autumnal leaves or green ferns, cherries and acorns all looked good in lustrous cotton sateen and were used for dress and scarf fabric prints. Fresh looking gingham checks, spots and diamond trellis checks were also popular and all make for very collectible fifties vintage now.