1940s shirtdress

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!

• Meet the Author • Evie

I'm a spanish teaching, classic movie loving, fabric hoarding, yarn coveting, chicken keeping bibliophile, and mother to a beautiful, wild little boy, with too many projects and nowhere near enough time to finish them all. Sewing and knitting are what help keep me sane.

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9 comments… add one

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

  • Love everything about it, well done

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

    • 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.

  • This is so simple and lovely!

  • Very cute!

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

  • 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 :)

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


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