1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

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.

    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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