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40s Style Shirtdress (Plus Size) 08/2013 #138



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Women’s plus size retro dress sewing pattern available for download. Available in various sizes and is produced by burda style magazine. This tailored shirtdress has retro 40s style. A modified Peter Pan collar flatters your bust, and waist darts refine the fit. Make it in a printed silk twill for a real vintage feel.

This pattern is from the Timeless Romance collection.

Recommended Materials

Lightweight dress fab­rics.

Amount of Fabrics

Silk twill,
width: 140 cm (55 ins)
length: 3.35 – 3.35 – 3.35 – 3.55 – 3.55 m
(3 3/4 – 3 3/4 – 3 3/4 – 4 – 4 yds).

Lace trim, 1 cm (3/8 in) wide and 1.05 m (1 1/4 yds) long.


4 buttons.

1 fabric-covered belt buckle (without prong), bar width 3 cm (1 1/4 ins).

1 invisible ­zipper, 40 cm (16 ins) long, and ­special presser foot

Seam Allowance

This pattern doesn't include seam allowance

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    Jun 29, 2018, 07.34 AMby Yuliya Childers

    I needed a dress that was reminiscent of those worn in the 1940s, and this one looked pretty close. It was easy to put together, but I didn’t like the final look. It feels all wrong for a curvy body – it hugs you in the wrong places, and is slightly off in every respect. Many many adjustments had to be made, and in the end it was very unflattering.

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