1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Gertie’s Shirtwaist dress HELP!

By on March 3, 2013

Hi all, this is my first post ever, and I’m in need of some help. I am new to sewing, self taught thanks to a wonderful thing called you tube! I only started about 6 months ago mainly making things for my daughters. This is the first dress I’ve made for myself from Gertie’s book, I have also made the portrait blouse with no problems. So here is a few photos front and back it is a size 14 which I normally fit very well the blouse fit me fine. But this dress is swimming on me, I took one line of shirring out as I had read in a review that it had made her dress gape at the front. My mother in law thinks that I should take it in at the sides. I also think the shoulder area looks a bit baggy and the sleeves definitely need to be less boofy. Any help would be appreciated sorry the photos aren’t the best. I’m hoping to embark on Gerties Tiki dress next any advice on that one accepted gratefully too.

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