1950s Shirtwaist Dress

by lladybird on April 2, 2012 · 10 comments

in 1950s,Dresses


The fabric for this dress is pretty hit-or-miss – both my mom & boyfriend HATE it, but I think it’s kinda cute! What do you think? :)

The pattern is Simplicity 2458, a sweet little shirtwaist dress with sleeve & skirt options. I went with view 2, although I significantly shortened the sleeves & the skirt (the original hem came down to my ankles. Ew!). The only fitting adjustment I made was to add about 1/2″ to the side seams below the bust dart – everything else fit beautifully straight out of the envelope!

Shirtwaist Dress

Shirtwaist Dress
I need to change the buttons out because I think the white ones cheapen the look. Buttons are so expensive, though!

Shirtwaist Dress - with petticoat
Here is the dress with a petticoat. How very Betty Draper of me :)

Shirtwaist Dress - no belt

As always, lots more pictures & info at my blog, LLADYBIRD.

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Lizzy April 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Ohh!! I JUST LOVE IT!!!!!!!, I LOVE shirtdresses, I saw this pattern time ago and I wish I could have it, you did a great job, I love the fabric and the lengh of the skirt you decided to do


mideva April 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm

love the fabric,they can get over it.so cute!


jax black April 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Love it. Yummy….planning on a shirtwaister for myself this summer….


Reana Louise April 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm

I can’t express how much I love this dress! Bravo! x


Camelia Crinoline April 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm

I really like the fabric and the pattern is perfect. I love a good shirtdress.


Tamara April 3, 2012 at 6:34 am

Oooh, I love the fabric! And your pointed cuff on the sleeves are perfect. If you’re not diggin’ the white buttons, perhaps you could try red? I think it would pick up the tiny spots nicely.


Michelle April 3, 2012 at 7:27 am

Oh, I love me a shirt dress. I think you fabric is wonderful and that your Mum & boyfriend have been out voted. I agree with the previous comment about using red buttons.


Maria April 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I honestly love this dress AND the fabric. It’s definitely something I would make and wear.


Nadia Lewis April 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm

You should make fabric covered buttons! I recently discovered them and I put them on everything now.


LadyD April 5, 2012 at 7:06 am

You can’t go wrong with a shirtdress. Looks fab.


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