Truly Victorian TV494 1894 Shirtwaists Pattern
1894 Shirtwaists Pattern
If you're looking for a basic shirt garment to wear with your elegant Late Victorian walking skirts - this is it!
Easy to put together and looks wonderful in a myriad of cotton prints or solids. Once you have a fitted bodice you can explore other sleeve styles with straight or smaller puffs.
A shirtwaist is the original name for what we would call a blouse today. They are usually for summer wear, and are unlined and un-boned, and come in a vast array of styles. They can be made of any lightweight fabric.
Shirtwaists start to become popular in the early 1890s and become even more so throughout the next few decades, and are a staple for the working woman and the fashionable woman alike. It can be worn tucked into the skirt, or over the skirt, as desired.
For this shirtwaist, the center front is cut on the straight of grain, and is closed with buttons. The sleeve is the large Mutton Sleeve popular in 1893-94. The collar is a stand-and fall that looks particularly nice with a four-in-hand tie, similar to the men's ties of the period. The body portion is gathered to fit a waistband, with a peplum attached to the same waistband. The peplum can be omitted, if desired, to create a Spencer Waist.