Sew for Victory–Simplicity 4036 Chambray Shirtwaist Dress

by Becca on April 1, 2013 · 13 comments

in 1940s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

I made this dress for the Sew for Victory sew along challenge, hosted by Rochelle from Lucky Lucille.

I used a vintage pattern from the 1940s, Simplicity 4036. I had to make a lot of alterations to the pattern (it was two sizes too big and I always have a lot of fit issues anyway), but I’d say it was worth it.

The fabric is a vintage chambray that I picked up at a thrift store a while back for about $2. I made the buttons and the belt, using material I had left over from a previous reconstruction. It has little red cherries with navy and light blue stems and leaves.

If you’re interested, you can read more about it here.

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tanya maile April 1, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Great job! This dress looks perfect on you!


BeaW April 2, 2013 at 3:12 am

VERY cute dress. I love the cherry print detail on the buttons and belt. Nice touch. This looks like a perfect staple dress.


Becca April 3, 2013 at 9:43 am

Thank you! It will definitely be in heavy rotation this spring.


MissTessaMelissa April 2, 2013 at 7:24 am

SO cute! The button/belt contrast works out really well. I may have to remember that in the future. :)


Becca April 3, 2013 at 9:42 am

Thanks! Hopefully, I’ll get to see a similar button/belt contrast on one of your outfits. :)


Zarah April 2, 2013 at 10:33 am

It’s great–the belt and buttons are really adorable!


Vera April 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Definitely worth all the alterations, it turned out adorable!


Jeanne April 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Really cute, and the contrast print buttons and belt are a perfect touch.


EmSewCrazy April 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I love it! The buttons and belt are amazing! Good idea! Totally worth all your work, you look great!


Miss Crayola Creepy April 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Adorable! The buttons and belt have the perfect pop of color! Your hair is beautiful too :)


Becca April 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

Thank you! The buttons and the belt definitely “make” the dress. Thank you for the compliment about my hair. :) You’re too sweet!


Becca April 3, 2013 at 9:40 am

Thank you so much, everyone! I’m quite proud of the dress. :)


Teca May 24, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Wow, this is a beautiful dress, really flattering and the colours are perfect for you. Super sweet. Any suggestions on where I could find this pattern? I’ve been searching far and wide for a pattern like this and this has been my favourite so far but I’ve had no luck.


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