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Sew for Victory–Simplicity 4036 Chambray Shirtwaist Dress

April 1, 2013

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

  1. 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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