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Shirtwaister dress

Added Feb 7, 2010

by lilybart

Perth, Australia






Here is my fab new dress. I nearly killed it when the zip broke when I went to wear it for the first time. But I fixed it and I haven’t stop wearing it since.

It’s a blatant rip of of one of Jenny Gordy’s Wiksten dresses, so unfortunately I can’t take credit for the brilliant design.

More photos on my blog

Material Notes





Garment Type
Casual, Vintage

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    May 9, 2010, 11.53 AMby Shannon Grech

    May I ask… where is the zipper on this dress? Is it in the side?

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      May 9, 2010, 01.28 PMby lilybart

      Yep, there is an invisible zip in the side seam. The buttons at the front are just for show. :)

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    May 9, 2010, 03.17 AMby ohnapoleon

    Love the collar and the buttons!

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    Apr 1, 2010, 08.33 PMby applesnoranges

    I love this dress! where can i find the pattern?

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    Mar 2, 2010, 09.19 AMby meegie-moo

    this is beautiful – what a great creation (even if it was inspired slightly by another!) you must be very proud. How long have u been sewing for? I have always been interested in it but have only really started sewing this year. I love your creations so far – look forward to seeing more soon :-)

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    Feb 28, 2010, 12.19 PMby dorasmora

    I’m in love with this dress really! I saw it couple of days ago, put it in my favorites and tried to make one, but it didn’t turn out even similar :( can you please reconsider uploading this pattern all of us would be so grateful. And I think that you have rights to publish it as long you don’t take credits for the design.

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    Feb 14, 2010, 06.30 AMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    i thought this looked very wiksten-esque!! and although it may be a rip off, you’re not selling it or sharing your pattern, so i think jenny would see it as “imitation is the best form of flattery.”

    great job!!

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    Feb 8, 2010, 11.19 PMby szarlotka

    very original and great for this summer:)

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    Feb 8, 2010, 06.38 PMby jennwhisper

    love it so much.

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    Feb 8, 2010, 01.44 PMby minirice

    beau x

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    Feb 8, 2010, 04.33 AMby gdac

    Oh, oh… also did you blind hem this??? I want to learn how, but just can’t get my head around the folds! :O(

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    Feb 8, 2010, 04.32 AMby gdac

    This is cute… and yet quirky!! I like it! Love that its oddly striped with purple and blue (am I right here or is it the pic) rather than just purple and white. It looks extremely well made… can you tell me (and I really mean like I’m the village idiot here) how you sealed your seams on the back neck with the tape…. I can never do it that neat! PS… if your closet gets full – I want this piece!

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      Feb 8, 2010, 07.57 AMby lilybart

      Thank you, dahlink! Yes, it is cornflower blue with magenta stripes!

      hehe I don’t know what blind hemming means, I will look it up now… ahhhh yes! I rarely bother with that on the actual hem. I find that you can almost always see it, so you may as well just bite the bullet and sew it with the machine.

      Ok so I did the bottom hem normally with the machine. I also sewed down the back neck tape neatly with the machine (the collar cover it, so you can’t see it anyway), however I did “blind hem” (do I seem smarter when I use this term??) the bias binding on the armholes (ie it is the same as the blue tape at the neck, but I’ve blind hemmed instead of machine stitched).

      Hopefully that makes sense! You can have the pattern if you want! It was really easy to make.

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    Feb 8, 2010, 02.42 AMby Natalia *

    I love love love this dress. It looks fabulous. Like many, I can’t make anything without a pattern and would love to make something like this, so if you could, please make a how-to. I (and many others, Im sure) would really appreciate it.

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      Feb 8, 2010, 08.00 AMby lilybart

      Thanks so much!

      Ah yes, I have been looking into uploading patterns! I will get around to it eventually, I am just bloody busy at the moment! I probably won’t upload this pattern, as I have totally stolen the design from a sweet independent designer and that would feel a little rude, but I’ll put some of my others up!

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    Feb 8, 2010, 12.21 AMby mudinfedi

    I love the dress, especially the way you arranged the lines. unfortunately, I can’t make my own patterns, so I can’t sew anything without a pattern. But I have just bought a couple of pattern making books, so hopefully, I’ll get to be as skilled as you one day…lol

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      Feb 8, 2010, 08.07 AMby lilybart

      I love love love lines/gingham going in different directions. Am a bit obsessed. I’m actually not all that great at making patterns. Everything I make is really simple (I can’t do trousers or “vents” (whatever they are) or fancy pockets or fly fronts or anything). I just make a basic pattern block that fits really well and make minor alterations from there. You should definitely learn how to make patterns, I taught myself (and still have much to learn) and it’s so brilliant to be able to make whatever you want and not be limited to what you can find in the pattern book!

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    Feb 7, 2010, 11.00 PMby lilybart

    Thanks for all your kind words!!

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    Feb 7, 2010, 08.45 PMby nenasew

    Super cute dress. I love it.

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    Feb 7, 2010, 06.33 PMby yuma-1

    I just checked out your blog and I love that coat with the bow! Goodness! I am pretty much in love with ALL of your dresses. I haven’t been sewing for very long but I hope to one day have a closet rich of clothes I made!

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      Feb 7, 2010, 10.59 PMby lilybart

      Thanks so much for you sweet words :) I also hope to one day make a closet rich of clothes I made! I have a lot of dresses, but not a lot of tops, skirts, pants or shorts (I’m ashamed to say that I don’t know how to make pants) and absolutely nothing for winter (besides that coat)!

      Good luck with your sewing. Starting out is hard. I nearly quit so many times (including yesterday), but eventually you get to the point where (nearly) everything you make is fabulous and it’s so satisfying being able to wear something you’ve made yourself.

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    Feb 7, 2010, 06.01 PMby Jodi Wade

    I love the stripes and the shape and the buttons! It looks so well made too!

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    Feb 7, 2010, 01.31 PMby lustofthelibertines

    ooo i love it :)

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    Feb 7, 2010, 11.23 AMby zickzack

    That is weird! I have a sketch of that dress hanging in my room although (I think) I have never seen the collection or someone wearing a dress like that before, only a similar collar which I drew on a previous sketch. Now I’m wondering if maybe I have come along the dress before?? Your dress looks great! I’d love to see it worn! Broken zippers are annoying, especially when you have just put it in.

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      Feb 7, 2010, 01.39 PMby lilybart

      Hahaha yeah I know I’ve had a few moments like that. I suppose nothing is original anymore. Probably the girl whose dress I copied also appropriated her idea from someone else also!

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    Feb 7, 2010, 10.41 AMby oddoneout

    This is adorable! I love the shape of it, and the fabric you have used is great! Nothing wrong with a decent knock-off :)

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