Ah, I do love a retro shirtwaist dress and this pattern fulfills that need. It’s a simple, yet charming design that’s quite easy to put together and you end up with a lovely vintage inspired dress.
This pattern is Simplicity 1459, which is a 1950’s vintage shirt dress pattern. It has three different sleeve lengths with a wide lapel collar and has options for a sheer overlay and a cummerbund or ribbon belt. The skirt is gathered and there’s a zip on the side.I’ve made this dress twice now. The first one was the aqua/cream/brown floral that I made in silk/cotton twill sateen. That dress is a lighter weight fabric with a beautiful drape. The second is my navy/white stripe stretch cotton sateen dress which is a heavier, crisper fabric with a bit of stiffness that makes the skirt fuller. I used vintage covered button kits for each of these dresses and left them unlined with facings as the pattern dictates. The floral dress has a serged finish whereas I used my pinking shears on the striped version. I made a ribbon belt for the floral dress as the pattern suggests, but went with a self fabric belt for the striped one. I prefer the fabric belt to the ribbon one and highly suggest going that route rather than making one out of ribbon. My versions of this pattern desperately need a belt as there would be gaping on the button placket where the bodice meets the skirt if there wasn’t one. If you want to go beltless, I’d suggest adding an extra button .