Polka Dot Shirtwaist

by Jade on January 8, 2012 · 1 comment

in Vintage Sewing

I was recently inspired by a recent post of a 1950′s shirt waist.  I thought I would share one I made a while back.  This dress was made from an old mail order pattern with no pattern marking and very sketchy instructions.  Needless to say I altered the heck out of it (I made the bodice 3 times!), raising the drop sleeves, removing the armpit gussets, and adjusting the massive amount of blousing in the bodice.  I made this in white Italian cotton with lime polka dots with plain white cotton contrasting cuffs, collar, and belt.  It turned out quite nice in the end.

I always feel like I should be selling vacuum cleaners when I wear it.

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This is a lovely little thing I made from a 1950′s McCall’s 4361 wiggle dress pattern with some killer curtains I found at a thrift store. It took a bit of tweaking around to get it to work with a modern body type (sans retro foundation garments). This is one of my favorite dresses.

Von Trap Wiggle Dress!