A becoming shirtwaist made of red and white polka dot cotton fabric. Cuffs and sleeves are cut from the softest cotton sateen. To gather the excess fabric, the waist has drawstrings in the front, and gathers in the center back, resulting in a pleasing effect. A distinguishing feature of this waist is the front and back gathers which are sewn to a rounded yoke, giving a very voluminous look. Sleeves are gathered to form that nice puff that we all love about the 1890's sleeves. Not only are they pretty, they are also friendlier to arm movement and broader shoulders. Seams are finished by either covering with fabric or using french seam technique.
I find this shirt gives one quite a smart and sharp look!
This kind of ladies' shirtwaists were originally modeled from the men's shirts and they became very popular during the 1890s. I drafted this pattern using a period tailoring guide.
||39.5" or more because of the fullness of the gathers||
100 cm or more because of the fullness of the gathers
|Sleeve length||24.5"||62 cm|
|Cuff closure||6.5"||17 cm|
|Bodice length||17"||43,5 cm|
|Length from neck to hem
Please allow 1-2 cm variation in the measurements due to the manual nature of the sewing process.
Model measurements for reference:
Shoulder: 36 cm
Bust: 88cm (In this picture I am using a bust improver)
Waist: 70 cm
Hip: 96 cm
Length: 170 cm
Fabric is red with white dots. Cuffs, collar and buttons are cream
Top tip: Victorian and Edwardian women knew that by using dress shields the need to wash garments is greatly reduced and therefore prolonging the life of the garment.
Button up and turn inside out before washing
Hand wash in cold water
Do not soak. Red being a strong colour, I tried to make the fabric bleed by boiling a sample in hot water. It didn't, but I still do not recommend soaking just in case.
Warm Iron (Not above 150ºC /302°F)