The iconic 1950s shirtwaist dress was actually designed by Christian Dior in 1947 as part of his "New Look" collection. Harper's Bazaar called the shirtwaist silhouette "the essence of femininity," with its nipped-in waist above a very full pleated skirt. Sewn up in crisp, casual cottons, the shirtwaist dress became a mid-century wardrobe staple for women and girls.
Our Fifties Shirtwaist Dress is inspired by vintage home sewing patterns for girls. Close-fitting bodice features traditional menswear details such as convertible collar, button front placket, and back yoke. Skirt has all-around unpressed pleats. View A has long sleeves with pointed turn-back cuffs; View B has elbow- length cuffed sleeves; View C is sleeveless.
Recommended Fabrics: medium-weight woven fabric such as chambray, cotton shirting, or cotton piqueSupplies Needed:
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 22 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.Download, Print, Sew!
I just finished sewing my first dress with this pattern. The instructions are easy to follow and include lots of pictures!
I love this pattern! It went together easily and is a perfect fit. I made the sleeveless version for a fund raiser and plan on making one for my doll.
I love all the fifties dresses and this pattern has lots of possibilities.