Mid 40s Christmas Plaid Shirtwaist Dress

 

1940s fashion; vintage fashion; authentic 40s fashion
Today I give you the finished shirtwaist done up in a beautiful soft plaid that is vibrant and a joy to wear. I am so happy how this one turned out and best of all it is perfect for winter because it is so comfortably warm. The wool isn't scratchy either so that is a huge plus! I have already blogged about how this one came together so I won't go too much into that here aside from the finishing touches I have done since. One of the things I did to finalize this piece was I stitched on the 'J' and I added vintage red sequins al around it. I really liked the added bit of glamour and I think it adds a bit a vintage authenticity going that extra mile for it. I love the end result and the added effort was totally worth it. You will notice too I did not add the red velvet ribbon. I decided it was not necessary for this piece. 



Very easy to wear, this pattern had some built - in ease for the back of the dress. The pattern said to gather the bodice to the waist, but I did large tucks instead. I liked the look of tucks more than gathers at the waistline. I did choose to do the suggested gathers everywhere else though.  Shoulder pads were a must here and I agreed. To give that squared 40s shoulder, I added some homemade shoulder pads made from felt. If you want to do the same, I have a tutorial on how I made some felt here


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