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Dawn & Gill

    Vintage 1960s Shirtwaist Dress

    Shirtwaist dress with convertible neckline and slim three-piece skirt or gathered four-piece skirt. Dress may have long or short set-in sleeves. Long sleeves are gathered into buttoned bands, short sleeves turned back to from cuffs. Slim skirt has side front pleats, low back pleat. With closed neckline, two-piece contrast tie may be buttoned to bodice under collar. Dress has left side zipper. With full skirt and long sleeves, bodice and skirt may be of contrasting fabrics.

    Offered here as: Paper Pattern and the Original pattern. This pattern is also available as a PDF Download.

    Size Guide

    Bust: 38” (96.5cm)
    Waist: 30” (76.2cm)
    Hip: 40” (101.6cm)
    Back waist length: 16 ¾” (42.5cm)
    Finished length from back of regular neckline: 42 ½” (108cm)
    (2 5/8” hem)
    Width at lower edge of A, C or D: 113 ½” (288.3cm)
    Width at lower edge of B, E or F: 50” (127cm)

    Sewing Notions

    Thread, Seam Binding, 12” or 14” Dress Zipper, Buckle or Buckle Mold or Belt and Buckle Kit for 1 ½” Wide Belt or Purchased Belt; View A, C or D – Buttonhole Twist for Machine Gathers; View A or B – Five 5/8” Buttons, One ¼” Button; View C or E – Three 5/8” Buttons. One ¾” Button: View D or F – Five 5/8” Buttons, Three 3/8” Buttons.

    Fabric Amount Guide

    VIEW A – Bodice
    35” Without Nap*, 2 1/8 yds.
    VIEW A – Skirt
    35” Without Nap*, 3 ¼ yds.
    VIEW B or F –
    35” Without Nap*, 3 ¾ yds.
    45” Without Nap*, 3 yds.
    52” Without Nap*, 2 ½ yds.
    VIEW C –
    35” Without Nap*, 5 yds.
    45” Without Nap*, 4 yds.
    VIEW D –
    35” Without Nap*, 5 ¼ yds.
    VIEW E –
    45” Without Nap*, 2 ¾ yds.
    VIEW D or F – Contrast Tie
    35” or 45” Fabric, 5/8 yd.
    ALL VIEWS –
    Interfacing For Front, Collar, etc. –
    35” Woven Interfacing, 5/8 yd.
    Note: Above Yardages Do Not Include Extra Fabric For Matching Checks or Plaids.
    *WITHOUT NAP means fabric with either way design, or without nap or pile.

    16 pieces pattern

    Recommended Fabrics

    View A Bodice – Linen, Printed Cotton, Cotton Broadcloth; View A Skirt – Linen, Checks or Plaids, Gingham, Cotton Broadcloth; View B or F – Printed Silk or Cotton, Flannel, Lightweight Wool, Challis, Silk or Cotton Broadcloth, Shantung, Checks or Plaids, Linen; View C – Checks or Plaids, Printed Silk or Cotton, Silk or Cotton Broadcloth, Synthetic Mixtures, Linen, Surah; View D – Cotton Broadcloth, Madras, Checks or Plaids, Printed Cotton; View E – Synthetic Mixtures, Printed Silk, Silk Broadcloth, Shantung; Tie D or F – Surah, Silk or Cotton Broadcloth, Cotton Satin. See our Fabric Partners

    Skill Level

    Intermediate

    What You Will Receive

    If you select a Paper Pattern, you will receive a true to scale reproduction sewing pattern printed on A0 premium paper, along with instructions and a full colour front cover. Your pattern will arrive in a clear re-sealable envelope for easy storage. If you choose to purchase the original pattern, you receive a piece of history which may include age related wear and tear.