Vintage military – New Look 6214

Nothing to wear. Hardly. But what do you wear to a vintage show?

Yes, I bought fabric and buttons.
Sewhopefull made a gorgeous shirtmaker dress version from this fabric too. She has classic styling taste. I thought I bought this from Pitt Trading but Sylvia who was at the vintage fair said it wasn’t one of hers. Sewhopefull bought her fabric from Spotlight so that’s probably where I bought my fabric from too.
This is the New Look 6214 pattern pic.

I cut this dress out and fused it on Friday night, sewed it up and bought the buttons on Saturday and wore it on Sunday.

This is a simple shirtmaker dress. I kept adding military finishings to balance off the floral rose print. Love the buttons.

A back inverted pleat makes it easy/comfortable to wear.

This shows the waist carrier tabs and self-made belt.

The collar tab was a breeze to make. It was my third one in a week, so it should have been. See the shoulder epaulets? I know it’s not that clear in these pics.

And every seam is bound and gaged – sorry – french seams and bias binding have been used to finish each seam. This is a cotton woven so it’s going to crease but this print will hide that!

The vintage show made me realise while I enjoy drooling over vintage clothes, I prefer to use vintage styling when I sew and wear new clothes. It was a day of admiring past styles, reinventing classic designs and catching up over coffee and sushi with good friends.


  1. Shirt dresses are perfect for practically any occasion I think! I especially like the details you've added to stop it looking too twee, although it is a lovely floral print. I'm trying to finish a shirt dress at the moment myself (ironically a vintage pattern) which I'm struggling with, but your lovely dress has inspired me to power through.


  2. I love the combination of shirt dress with that print. It works so well. Looks awesome on you. And guess what! We've even used the same buttons! What are the chances of that. The finishing on this dress is just beautiful. Thanks for for lovely comments also.


  3. This suits you so well! Everything you sew is great but this style and silhouette really, really suits you. Also the fabric is great for a vintage event. I'd keep the dimensions in mind for future makes (skirt length, collar width etc)-really awesome.


  4. I love shirtmaker dresses – I think somehow they will always look right. I am very impressed with your collar – no little ` steps` at all – I find that so hard to do.


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