1940s shirtdress

by Evie on April 18, 2013 · 9 comments

in 1940s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

I finally finished another project! I started this 1940s shirtdress a few weeks ago in an effort to expand my vintage style wardrobe with a few more nursing friendly options to wear post baby. I attached the sleeves, set the zipper and did all the other finishing work on it this afternoon and evening. It needs some more thorough pressing, but I really wanted to get some photos taken before it got too dark so I could share the finished product. I found two buttons in my (small) button stash that were perfect. They’re a plain, dark wood and were the perfect size for this dress. I don’t even remember why I bought these, but I’m glad I did. It saved me making another trip before I could cross this project off my list. I went ahead and put this navy belt on Tabitha just to see what it would look like, but it really needs a dark brown belt to go with the buttons. I need a medium width brown belt anyway, because my collection is somehow lacking one, so I will have to pick one up somewhere.

This is the pattern I used. I combined elements from both views, opting for short sleeves, but leaving off the ruffle trim and only using two buttons instead of three.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, I just wish that I could actually try it on myself right now. Only five weeks to go until my due date, though! So I’m inching closer every day to being able to wear normal clothes again. I hope everyone is having a good week!

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tina vines April 18, 2013 at 7:27 pm

This is so adorable! Great job! I love the fabric you chose, its perfect for this style of dress.


Veronica Lewis April 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Love everything about it, well done


Jessamyn April 18, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Fabulous! It really has The Look. Is that fabric quilting cotton, or something else? Cool print.


Evie April 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Thank you! It’s a quilting cotton that my mom had in her stash. I think it came from Contemporary Cloth, but I’m not 100% sure.


Bex April 18, 2013 at 9:47 pm

This is so simple and lovely!


Anthea April 19, 2013 at 12:52 am

Very cute!


Erika April 19, 2013 at 2:23 am

Gorgeous! Love how the collar and the shoulder pleats work together, really eye-catching. Also adore the print and the colour!


Jeanne April 19, 2013 at 3:28 am

Such an easy wearable style and great fabric for it too. How lovely to have new clothes as well as a baby to be looking forward to :)


Jeannie Watt April 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Gorgeous dress in a gorgeous fabric. I hope your five weeks passes quickly :)


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