I finally got round to making up my first 1950s shirt dress! I used a Butterick kimono sleeved blouse pattern for the bodice and drafted a 3/4 circle skirt pattern, cut in 4 gores, for the bottom. The fabric is a lovely grey cotton chambray that was only £1 a metre.
For closure, I used two vintage buttons that are 1.5″ across, with my first go at bound buttonholes due to their large size. I also added a short zip to the skirt for ease of dresing, and made a self-fabric belt with a vintage buckle that is an almost perfect match for the buttons; the colour is right but the pearling is different.
I’m really happy with the result. It’s comfy and cool enough for all day wear (the weather was pretty warm this day) and is lovely to wear. And, according to my two-year-old, makes a good tent.
More info and photos here.