This is my Sew for Victory contribution. A turquoise shirt dress made from 100% cotton. I got the inspiration from the 1943 Bella Hess catalogue.

My design idea was a turquoise shirt dress with shoulder and waist darts to shape the bodce, A-line skirt with pocket detail and a self fabric belt.

I already had a vintage shirt dress pattern that I liked the fit of and decided to frankenstein the bodice of that pattern. The original pattern had one waist and one bust dart to shape the bodice front. I traced, slashed and re-arranged the pattern piece.

There are more pictures and details on the construction of the dress here.

The finished dress turned out a little different from the original idea. I left the chest pocket because I didn’t like the look of it when I pinned it onto the dress. And I had to change the patch pockets on the skirt. I made the silly mistake of cutting the front skirt panel too small and didn’t want to waste the fabric and/or buy more. I solved the problem by switching on my make-do-and-mend thinking and working the pockets into the skirt which gave the front panel enough extra width to fit the skirt. I’m quite proud of myself that I didn’t just go for the easy option and bought more material.

And this is how it turned out in the end.

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Hi my name is Bea and I am addicted to bow blouses, oops!! I’m not sorry though as they are just too much fun to make and most of all wear. So I made another one. This time I used a vintage pattern, McCalls 7385 view B, mint green poly cotton and red buttons.

The fit is looser than my previous blouses but I really like it. Especially in combination with the red skirt. I was inspired by a picture on Pinterest and had to create and outfit based on it.

I also made a 1960s inspired buttoned A-line skirt from a red cotton drill and big vintage buttons to go with it.

I hope you likey! More details and pictures here



This outfit came together without even planning it. I made the blouse and skirt independently. When pairing the two, I was surprised how well they went together.

Retro Librarian chic

The blouse is a fitted style with pussy bow collar detail and puffy sleeves. The skirt can be worn as a high waist pencil skirt or a pinafore with the straps attached.

If you would like to see more pictures, check out my blog here.

Thank you!!


My husband and I spend New Years Eve 2012 at a casino themed charity event. I decided to make Simplicity 1777 for that occasion. I had it in my sewing pattern pile for a while but was waiting for an occasion to make it. This was it.

For more details and pictures, please check out my blog.
Thank you