216 Schoolmistress' Shirtwaist & Skirt


Misses 8-14.

Based on the vintage uniform of the 19th century schoolmarm, this two-piece outfit features a classic "shirtwaist" or blouse with beautifully different scalloped front opening and flattering princess lines, a simple straight front placket is optional. The Shirtwaist is accented by two wide tucks that extend over the shoulders to the front.  Moderately full set-in sleeves gather neatly into buttoned cuffs. Bias details may be done on the straight grain of the same or contrasting fabric, or omitted altogether.  Wear it with the sweeping seven-gore skirt. An inverted back pleat below the center back closure adds fullness and a sweeping line, with optional bias trim.

Suggested fabrics: Light to medium-weight soft or crisp fabrics such as cotton broadcloth, poplin, or denim; silk; linen; or blends. The Skirt can also be made from light to medium-weight wool, corduroy, or velveteen.

Era: Victorian, Edwardian, 1800s

Yardage chart (.pdf)