1940s shirt dress revisited

by ooobop on July 14, 2012 · 12 comments

in 1940s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

Butterick 26381940s red dress

This is the second time I have used this pattern: Vintage Butterick 2638. It is such a comfy fit. This one seemed to take a little longer than the first. Only because I made a few adjustments and included longer sleeves but I am happy with the result. Not totally sure what the fabric is. Its 100 per cent cotton and has a lovely rib going on. A friend of mine was decluttering and gave me a bag of mixed fabric. I knew what this was destined for as soon as I opened the bag!

1940s red shirt dress

I’m not sure it would be recognised as a vintage 40s dress, especially styled with wellies and a Hello Kitty brolly. But needs must in this relentlessly rainy UK climate! I’m so glad to have found the perfect home for these sweet little ‘target’ buttons.

target button detail

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savagespider July 14, 2012 at 9:08 am

I love it, the buttons are perfect :)


ooobop July 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Thank you savagespider :-)


Frances July 14, 2012 at 10:01 am

Ooo, love the buttons and the fabric. I think it suits the pattern well.


ooobop July 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Thank you Frances. It feels great to wear :-)


EmSewCrazy July 14, 2012 at 11:49 am

:D Love the buttons! The red really brightens up the rainy day! You look lovely even with your wellies and umbrella! That’s the whole point of this, to make clothes you love and wear them today. At least that’s what I think. :D


ooobop July 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Thanks so much Em. You are absolutely right. :-)


Harriet Bazley July 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm

I suspect the wellies are very 1940s! Would have looked better with the full five inches of length over the welly tops perhaps…


ooobop! July 15, 2012 at 3:46 am

I think you are right about the length Harriet. I am getting there. I have worn short/mini skirts for so long I’m finding it a bit difficult to lower that hem much more below the knee. But it needs to be done… next time perhaps! :-)


Joyatri July 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I love this dress. It fits you beautifully. Well done!


ooobop! July 15, 2012 at 3:47 am

Thank you Joyatri :-)


sorbetsurprise July 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Oh I love the buttons! Your dress is fantastic!


Zoe July 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Totally stunning! Those buttons really make it that extra bit more special xx


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