1950s | Dresses

1950s Shirtwaist Dress

April 2, 2012


The fabric for this dress is pretty hit-or-miss – both my mom & boyfriend HATE it, but I think it’s kinda cute! What do you think? 🙂

The pattern is Simplicity 2458, a sweet little shirtwaist dress with sleeve & skirt options. I went with view 2, although I significantly shortened the sleeves & the skirt (the original hem came down to my ankles. Ew!). The only fitting adjustment I made was to add about 1/2″ to the side seams below the bust dart – everything else fit beautifully straight out of the envelope!

Shirtwaist Dress

Shirtwaist Dress
I need to change the buttons out because I think the white ones cheapen the look. Buttons are so expensive, though!

Shirtwaist Dress - with petticoat
Here is the dress with a petticoat. How very Betty Draper of me 🙂

Shirtwaist Dress - no belt

As always, lots more pictures & info at my blog, LLADYBIRD.

  1. Ohh!! I JUST LOVE IT!!!!!!!, I LOVE shirtdresses, I saw this pattern time ago and I wish I could have it, you did a great job, I love the fabric and the lengh of the skirt you decided to do

  2. Oooh, I love the fabric! And your pointed cuff on the sleeves are perfect. If you’re not diggin’ the white buttons, perhaps you could try red? I think it would pick up the tiny spots nicely.

  3. Oh, I love me a shirt dress. I think you fabric is wonderful and that your Mum & boyfriend have been out voted. I agree with the previous comment about using red buttons.

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