Vintage (inspired) green shirtwaist dress

So I kind of cheated for this month, and made a vintage-inspired dress, rather than from a vintage pattern.

I was all for this month’s challenge before I realised that I only have a couple of vintage patterns, and most of them are for the funny, because of their details, rather than dresses I actually wanted to make up. I initially thought I’d make up a pair of culotts before seeing that the size corresponded to a 36″ hip… lets just say, that’s much less than my hip measurement.

ImageSorry about the awful lighting. You get the culotts, trousers and batwing top with this bad boy.

So I went with a dress I’ve had on the backburner for a while now; Gertie’s Shirtwaist Dress, from her book. After cutting out all the pieces, the construction was pretty straightforward. I had to chop off a significant amount of shoulder width and put the buttons on in slightly the wrong place, leading to some pulling/gaping.

I initially thought this would count for the Fall For Cotton challenge too; but then Mrs. C told me it was more likely a viscose. And then I realised I don’t have any 100% cottons in my stash.

For (3) more photos and information, see the post on my blog.

7 thoughts on “Vintage (inspired) green shirtwaist dress

  1. Love that green on you! Agree – measure that pattern piece as there may be a lot more ease in it than you think. And meanwhile, enjoy your viscose dress! (Yeah – love viscose, too!)


  2. Fabulous frock, the green really suits you, and you made a terrific job of taking in those shoulders.
    About the culottes, have you measured the actual pattern pieces yet? There’s usually quite a bit of ease in them. Otherwise, just add the extra width you need onto the side seams, half on the front and half on the back. Don’t forget to extend the waistband too, if need be!


  3. Vintage inspired is just fine – heaven knows it’s hard to find a vintage pattern that you like and is in your size can be tricky! Adore this dress on you – so pretty!


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