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Yellow 1950's Shirt Dress

Added Jun 30, 2011

by Danielle Mac...

Brooklyn, New Yo...






I made this using a vintage pattern I bought on ebay. I’ve always wanted a black and yellow vintage dress like this and I finally found the right fabric. It was a little see-thru so the dress is fully lined. This is actually my first collar. I altered the pattern to make it curved and added piping. I’m amazed it came out ok. The skirt is very full. I tried to match the lace on the bottom the best I could without wasting too much fabric. The belt in the picture is Zac Posen for Target.

Special thanks to All Brand Sew and Vac 711 Oaklawn Ave Cranston, RI

Material Notes

I used a lovely lightweight yellow fabric I found in the discount section of Joanne’s. The lining is a cotton blend. New shiny black buttons, but an old yellow coated metal zipper.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends

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    Jul 28, 2011, 03.48 PMby vasgarcia

    This dress is so fabulous! I’ve been wanting a shirt dress for some time and this has put it over the top! I love the puffy sleeve detail that you’ve added. And the piping is AMAZING!

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    Jul 6, 2011, 06.42 AMby janene

    I don’t know how this dress managed to pass me by! Ditto to everyones comments below. It is absolutely stunning! :-)

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    Jul 6, 2011, 01.02 AMby Danielle MacIndoe

    I am honored to have received such an overwhelming response. Thank you everyone!

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    Jul 4, 2011, 12.53 PMby nikkishell

    WOW! This dress is to die for! Love the colour and you look fabulous. Great job.

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    Jul 3, 2011, 08.09 PMby dewreb

    This dress is perfection! I love the piping!

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    Jul 3, 2011, 04.44 AMby cantare

    Gorgeous! Love the pattern, the color, the fabric, the fit, the pics…LOVE this. My goodness, I think I need one of these!

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    Jul 2, 2011, 10.31 AMby ronnielee

    Absolutely fabulous, yellow and black such a beautiful combo. The trim has really made this!!

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    Jul 1, 2011, 08.23 PMby mothgirl

    The dress is beautiful, the details are stunning, and the pics are amazing!! I am so impressed and so inspired—maybe I will finish some of my vintage 50’s patterns now :) Keep up the good work!

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      Jul 2, 2011, 02.59 AMby Danielle MacIndoe

      Thank you. You should. It was really fun to make.

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    Jul 1, 2011, 08.06 PMby Mardella Brobst

    You commented on the full skirt—I grew up in the fifties and started sewing when I was 8. Every dress I made (we wore dresses to school every day back then—remember ladies?) had a very full skirt. Might be why I came to hate gathers and love the straight skirts when I got in high school. You did a great job with the piping and collar!

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    Jul 1, 2011, 07.59 PMby stekpanandeath

    Love it!

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    Jul 1, 2011, 07.35 PMby teenee

    beautiful dress! It looks fantastic on you and the collar looks as though it was always ment to be that way!!

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    Jul 1, 2011, 06.18 PMby in-stockholm

    Lovely dress and great details with the piping and the border on the hem!

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    Jul 1, 2011, 04.44 PMby tirrs

    very nice!

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    Jul 1, 2011, 03.57 PMby nidhi

    oh i want this dress! lovely! great pics too!

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    Jul 1, 2011, 03.01 PMby Jodi Wade

    Gorgeous dress! I love everything about it.

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    Jul 1, 2011, 01.22 PMby Danielle MacIndoe

    Thanks everyone for all your nice comments! I’m so happy my first project on BurdaStyle was well received. It’s a very old pattern but I’ll scan an image of it in tonight. I love the fabric, I bought all that was left, but there’s not enough left, or I’d offer to make one for someone.

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    Jul 1, 2011, 01.07 PMby zsyzu

    I hope Burda features your dress. It’s really well done and I love the color, piping and overall design.

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    Jul 1, 2011, 01.02 PMby 00001

    I want this dress!! Great job ;)

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    Jul 1, 2011, 08.34 AMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Great dress, looks fab on you.

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    Jul 1, 2011, 08.11 AMby mokosha

    amazing dress.. absolutely amazing..

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    Jul 1, 2011, 07.50 AMby michelle ><><><

    Great JoB!!!! <><

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    Jul 1, 2011, 06.58 AMby sarahuk4

    wow, I want one! I’ve always wanted this type of dress.

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    Jul 1, 2011, 03.58 AMby stitchikles

    Great dress! I love the piping and the button detail on the sleeve. And what a great photo prop!! What pattern was it that you used?

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    Jul 1, 2011, 02.53 AMby lanternwaste33

    Great pictures and dress! I saw this fabric in Joann’s clearance section too. I wanted it really bad, I couldn’t get it then: and when I went back, it was totally gone. I love the use of the the adorable material.

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    Jul 1, 2011, 02.50 AMby skeeler

    great job!

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    Jul 1, 2011, 02.39 AMby LadyDanburry

    Good work on the collar.

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    Jul 1, 2011, 02.28 AMby Lucha Suarez

    So pretty!

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    Jul 1, 2011, 02.23 AMby wildflower31

    that dress is striking and that belt is hot.

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