Subversive Femme

Free Knitting Pattern: Shirtwaist Dress from Vogue’s 23rd Knitting Book (1940s)

I love knitted dresses so much – can you imagine the amount of time is must have taken to knit one? It takes me at least three months to make a jumper, I think a dress would be beyond my patience.

This lovely burgundy shirtwaist dress comes from Vogue’s 23rd Knitting Book – probably early-mid 1940s. It looks ever so stylish with the match hat and belt too!

The pattern is to fit a 34″ bust and26″ waist.
Requires fingering weight yarn on 3.25mm and 2.75mm needles.

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    Jayne M
    January 19, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Me too! I so, so want to knit a 4ply dress – one day! I do love jumpers in 4ply – they just feel and sit so much better than 8ply.

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    January 19, 2016 at 9:57 am

    This is such a cute dress! Thanks for sharing!

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    January 19, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Oh, this is so cute! I have several dress patterns from late '50s Vogue Knitting mags that I'd love to try, but I don't know that I'm feeling brave enough for such a massive undertaking just yet.

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    Jessica Cangiano
    January 20, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    That is genuinely one of the most beautiful (and appealing to me) vintage knit dresses that I've ever seen and unlike a lot of styles that I know would look frighteningly unflattering on me, I sense that maybe, just maybe I could pull this stunner off (if only I was a knitter!).

    ā™„ Jessica

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    January 27, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I desperately want to knit a dress or suit some day but I agree, I don't know if I'd ever have the patience or time. Maybe I could talk Grandma into teaching me how to use her knitting machine! šŸ˜‰

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    June 29, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Simply stunning! If I'll ever knit a dress, it would be this one.

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