June 14, 2012

2-in-1 Sewalong: Inspiring Shirt Dresses

Shirt dresses are such a classic piece to have in your wardrobe and I think that you'll find Simplicity 1880 has really good bones especially if this is your first shirt dress. Shirt dresses or Shirt waists refer to a dress with a shirt-like top (meaning menswear) that ended at the waist and broke into a skirt. According to the Wikipedia, this fashion started as a an actual skirt and shirt ensemble.

So it goes without saying that this style has definitely withstood the test of time - dontcha think? For today's inspiration, I've included a couple of our own blogging community members as they've taken the style and run with it. It's so fun to see a style we're craving on someone with whom we're somewhat familiar - at least I feel that way!

Doesn't Casey wear a shirtdress well? She styled this particular one in many different ways, but I do believe this one is my favorite! I love the light blue with the dash of red.

I could cry, I think this blue shirtwaist is so cute! And look how retro with those pointy little kitten heels and collar and everything!

Lauren made up a delightful shirt dress not too long ago! It's pretty cute right? I love the belt accent and the fabric used! Spot on fit too!

I might be crazy, but I'm contemplating a white linen for my shirt dress (no, I still haven't decided on the fabric yet!) Look have cute this one is? I love it! I'm picturing Diane Lane in Under the Tuscan Sun - that fabulous white dress she wore.

Gingham anyone? So fabulously retro, don't you think? I'm loving this paired with the green shoes.

Simplicity 1880 has a certain 1940s/1970s air about it, especially because of the gathering at the yoke and waistline - a big reason I adore the technical drawing! Here's a sewing pattern pic from the 40s showing that exact detail of the gather/pleat at the shoulder.

Another example of that great soft gathering at the shoulder line - plus it's a devilish powder blue! Love!

Have you guys seen the old movie Chinatown? You should, just to see the brilliant costuming of Faye Dunaway. Here's a line drawing of one of her costumes - a classic shirt waist. Isn't that pleat in the back just fab?

Another darling classic from Debi! Don't you just love the fabric pick for her shirtwaist? She looks positively brilliant!

You can click on any of the images above for the link to where I got the image. Do you have any inspiring shirt dress images you would like to share? Leave a link below in the comments! I would love to see more shirt dress inspiration. What do you say? Isn't having a shirt dress like a positively must-have piece in your wardrobe? My own is incredibly easy to wear and every single time I wear it, I get a ton of compliments - a ton! Are you making the shirt dress? What are you thinking for fabric?

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