Saturday, November 17, 2012

S is for Shirtwaister

A shirtwaister is a dress with a tailored bodice that resembles a shirt.  This style has been popular throughout the decades.  I find it to be a very flattering style, don't you?

Here's a few photos of shirtwaisters throughout the decades with links on where to find these patterns.


1. Simplicity 2206 available at Nostalgia Vintage 2 Etsy shop; 2. Simplicity 1736 available at Rainbow Valley Vintage Etsy shop; 3. Simplicity 3103 available at Cottage Lane Treasures's Etsy shop; 4. DuBarry 2183B available at DaisyEpochVintage's Etsy shop

1. McCall 4562 available at Opal Owl Vintage Etsy Shop; 2. Simplicity 2901 available at Old Fashioned Notions Etsy shop; 3. Simplicity 2398 available at Aunt Nonnies Nest Etsy shop; 4. Advance 2665 from Miss Betty's Attic Etsy shop.

1.Advance 9771 available at the Dancing Bumblebee Cottage Etsy shop; 2.Simplicity 1427 available at the Atomic Regeneration Etsy shop; 3. Simplicity 4731 available at Dizzy Dame Dresses Etsy shop; 4. Butterick 5841 available at Raiment Revival's Etsy shop.

1. Butterick 2458 available at Sydcam123's Etsy shop; 2. Butterick 1960s pattern available at Lam4UK's Etsy shop;
3. Simplicity 5800 available at Farmhouse Garden's Etsy shop; 4. Simplicity 5445 available at Grandma's Cedar Chest Etsy shop

Me-Made Shirtwaister
I've only made one shirtwaister (so far) but I wear it all the time!  I definitely have more shirtwaisters planned in my sewing queue as it's such an easy and flattering style to wear.  I particularly like making 50s shirtwaisters from novelty fabrics!

My 'Midcentury Madness' shirtwaister made from Style Print 1283

Sunni who blogs over at A Fashionable Stitch recently hosted a Shirtdress sewalong.  While she used a modern pattern, a lot of the techniques she covered would be helpful for sewing up a vintage shirtwaister.

Have you made any shirtwaisters?  Do you have any currently in your sewing queue?


  1. I'm definitely a 50s and 60s girl when it comes to shirtwaist! I suspect it's the full skirts... I still really love the fabric you made yours in too!

  2. I love your fabric! The shirtwaist is such a great style! 

  3. oranges_and_applesNovember 18, 2012 4:25 PM

    I love the print on this one!

  4. Your dress is so pretty, and I really enjoy seeing the shirtwaist evolution :) In fact, I have enjoyed this whole series of posts! And thanks for linking to the pattern from my shop!

  5. I love that style of dress!

  6. I want to make this one.
    I was looking in the internet which year was this pattern but didn´t success.
    End of 50´s?


  7. Thanks for the shout out of our Etsy shop, (AtomicRegeneration). Your shirtwaister turned out lovely. What fun fabric! In case you or your readers aren't aware, quite a few of us vintage patterns sellers at Etsy are running sales this week in the spirit of kicking off the holiday shopping season. This would be a great time to pick up something from that Favorites list. Thanks again :)  

  8. Kimberly GoldsteinDecember 11, 2012 3:04 PM

    I finally Finally got around to making one for me :) I love it. Next time I'll probably make the hem a little longer, like yours, so I can wear it to work.


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