Sew for Victory, 1940s turquoise cotton shirt dress

I finished this dress very early on in the Sew for Victory challenge and now the challenge is coming to its end, I almost forgot blogging about it. Seeing all the other lovely creations around the interwebs reminded me to finally share mine.

I adapted a pattern I already had to make a shirt dress based on some designs from the 1943 Bella Hess catalogue. You can read about my inspiration and sewing progress here and here.
The finished dress ended up slightly different from my original drawing but that happens sometimes in the process of sewing. I decided to leave off the little chest pocket as I didn't like the look of it once it was attached and I opted for different pockets in the skirt. This wasn't so much by choice as I cut the front skirt panel to short (DUH!!!! I know , I know. I guess I was a little too excited.....) So true make do and mend mentality had to kick in and safe the project instead of just buying more fabric. It's the 1940s and resources are limited, remember?

Anyways, I am very happy with the final dress. Unfortunately the big freeze outside has not let me wear this dress out yet but I am hopeful that Spring will show up eventually. I'm ready for you Spring.

I admit that the green dress isn't completely finished yet. With no occasion for it in the future yet and lots of other sewing work on my table it has become a bit of a UFO for now. I am planing to get back to it, though.
I hope everyone had as much fun taking part in this challenge. Thank you Rochelle for organising this.


I'm celebrating with a little giveaway.....

Thank you!!!
I have now reached over 1000 followers on Facebook and thought it's a perfect reason to celebrate and say thank you to all of you. To celebrate in style I am giving away a dress from my shop to one lucky winner. The prize will be one dress from the collection currently available in my shop www.beatricewinter.co.uk in the colour way and size of your choice. To win the dress you will have to be a follower of Vintage inspired clothing by Beatrice Winter on facebook and share the facebook post on your wall (Please share the original post on my facebook page so I can see you have entered the giveaway) and let me know your favourite item in my shop in the comments below (on the facebook post as well please).
The giveaway is open until the 18th of April 2013 12pm GMT to anyone worldwide. I will draw the winner on the 19th of April 2013 (which is also my birthday btw so we can celebrate together)
T&C: The prize dress will have to be chosen from the current collection on beatricewinter.co.uk in one of the fabrics the chosen dress is available in, in a size on offer (not made to order) Fabric options are subject to availability. The winner will be announced on Vintage inspired clothing by Beatrice Winter facebook page as well as contacted via personal message
Good luck to all participants!!


Follow me on Bloglovin'!!

Hi everyone, just a quickie today. You may or may not have heard the news already but Google Reader is shutting down on the 1st of July 2013. Now, don't panic just yet, Bloglovin' is a great platform to follow all your favourite blogs and never miss a single post.
They have also done their homework and arranged for a quick and easy swap over so you don't have to re-follow everyone. So sign up here if you haven't already and click on the icon in the sidebar on the right. I will be back with new posts shortly.


New to the shop: Country rose print shirt dress

Just a little shop update. This is a 1950s shirt waist dress with contrasting collar detail, made in a rose print 100% pure cotton.  It's available in 5 colours. I hope you likey!!
Without a petticoat underneath...
Which one is your favourite? I'm having a hard time to decide, I think I'll have to go with either red (no big surprise there) or the blue?
Available to order here