Polka Dot Shirtwaist

I was recently inspired by a recent post of a 1950’s shirt waist.  I thought I would share one I made a while back.  This dress was made from an old mail order pattern with no pattern marking and very sketchy instructions.  Needless to say I altered the heck out of it (I made the bodice 3 times!), raising the drop sleeves, removing the armpit gussets, and adjusting the massive amount of blousing in the bodice.  I made this in white Italian cotton with lime polka dots with plain white cotton contrasting cuffs, collar, and belt.  It turned out quite nice in the end.

I always feel like I should be selling vacuum cleaners when I wear it.

• Meet the Author • Jade

I am a professional seamstress and costumer living in New Orleans. I have a serious pattern collecting problem. I love to sew just about anything. But, if left to my own devices, I would prefer to sew anything that was worn between the years 1870 and 1970.

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  • Quite nice indeed! I did a double take on this as I have my eyes on a pattern I found on Etsy that is the mirror image of this lovely white dress. Hope you get plenty of wear out of it – it really is lovely!


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