1950s Shirtwaist Dress

January Make A Garment A Month challenge project

Make A Garment A Month Challenge is on for January, 2014! Sewing challenges . . . what a good way to keep the momentum of my wardrobe makeover while sharing and learning with other sewists! I think it’s time to get the lion print cotton from my fabric stash. It has 50′s day dress written all over it. Can you say shirtwaist dress? The perfect day dress in my opinion.


My day was made when I won an eBay auction for a way cute 1940′s dress and THEN, I found this cutie on Etsy. It is more fitting to my size and there should be minimal fidgeting with altering the pattern. Yay! I will be making the short sleeve version (the gal in pink with her back to us). For practical purposes I am happy this pattern comes with pockets. The skirt on this dress is not overly wide as some shirtwaists that I have seen. I’m rocking 46″ hips so don’t need extra fabric in that area unnecessarily. You feel me? Oh, I also like the look of a self-fabric slim belt with a shirtwaist dress. A black patent leather one would do nicely too.

January Make A Garment A Month Challenge

Now remember, me and hubby are building a small family farm and my goal is to delete pants from my wardrobe in favor of skirts and dresses. This dress ain’t about being cute it is simply a day dress to be worn for chores, errands or whatever. I may try my hand at bound buttons with this project. I’ll see how tasking the pattern alternation turns out and decide at that point.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this 1950s shirtwaist dress. One reason is that the collar is rounded and one piece with the lapel. Surprisingly the waist fit me perfect. If I put on a waist cincher, girdle, or corset, what out there now! The armscyce is oh so comfy and no pattern alternation there. My next shirtwaist dress will have big front pockets and perhaps piping. I love piping.

Construction particulars:

  • Fabric: thrifted bedsheet, $1.00
  • Belt: Leather a long ago purchase, will be making a self-fabric belt when I get a slide belt
  • Thread – $0
  • Buttons – $0; gifted to me

Now on to the February challenge.




3 thoughts on “1950s Shirtwaist Dress

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