1909 “Beatrix” Shirtwaist Pattern


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I created this shirtwaist pattern to go with my “Beatrix” Skirt and Jacket. Now you’ll be able to create a complete outfit–even a jaunty riding habit!–from this trio of patterns, all inspired by 1909 originals.

  • Sizes 6-26 all included in one envelope.
  • Very comfortable fit (corset optional!) and super for nursing mothers.
  • A wide variety of options are included so that you can create an entire selection of blouses for all seasons and occasions.
  • Bodice fastens either up the back or the front and can be smooth or softly gathered at the center front.
  • Sleeve styles include long and slim, puffed elbow-length, and demi leg o’ mutton with long button cuff.
  • Includes alternate necklines for evening wear as well as lace insertion and embroidery designs!
  • Click to download the “Beatrix” Shirtwaist Pattern yardage chart.
  • Also available for instant download as an ePattern in PDF format!

Note: If you purchased a copy of this pattern prior to May, 2008, click HERE for an addition.

Thank you to Katrina of Edelweiss Patterns for sharing her results from this pattern — those gorgeous photos against the blue hydrangeas!

16 Comments on 1909 “Beatrix” Shirtwaist Pattern

  1. Lisa
    December 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm (6 years ago)

    Has anyone made this Beatrix Shirtwaist pattern? Did you find it difficult? Thank you.

  2. Elizabethbennet
    December 26, 2010 at 5:22 pm (6 years ago)

    It looks like it would be difficult, but I don’t know anyone who has made it. My cousin (MaryWillson) may have, but I am not sure. I just made the Beatrix skirt and so I would also like to know.

  3. Kirsten
    February 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm (6 years ago)

    I love the look of this pattern, but would like to make it in a vintage-style fine floral print cotton. Would it still be appropriate for the period, does anyone know, or does it have to be white?

    • Jennie Chancey
      February 25, 2011 at 1:02 am (6 years ago)

      Hi, Kirsten! I have catalog images from 1904-1912 that show colored “wash” prints in small floral patterns for everyday use. A “wash” garment was one made of stronger fabrics that you could launder easily without harming (unlike the organdies and voiles that had to be handled so carefully). Hope this helps!

  4. Ann
    March 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm (6 years ago)

    Is this pattern easy enough for a beginner to do?
    Thank you

  5. Jennie Chancey
    March 27, 2011 at 1:25 am (6 years ago)

    Yes, this is simple enough for a beginner if you don’t use lace insertion or make tucks. A beginner can do either with practice, but I’d try on a plain piece of fabric before making the blouse fancier. Hope this helps!

  6. Christine
    May 27, 2011 at 11:13 am (6 years ago)

    I think this is a handsome blouse. It would be a very beautiful and useful article today as it was one hundred years ago!

  7. Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns
    July 17, 2011 at 12:26 am (6 years ago)

    This is the most wonderful pattern! I love how many options it gives, and it is definitely easy enough for a beginner. As always Jennie did a terrific job with this pattern, and it is one of my favorites so far. Happy sewing!

    • Jennie Chancey
      August 1, 2011 at 8:39 am (5 years ago)

      Michelle, you can wear a conventional bra beneath this blouse, or you can wear an authentic corset with corset cover. It will fit either way. 🙂

  8. Cindy Hostetler
    February 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm (5 years ago)

    Does this blouse need a liner? or is their a vintage style underslip included?

    • Jennie Chancey
      February 20, 2012 at 4:46 am (5 years ago)

      Hi, Cindy! You will need a camisole only if you use sheer material like voile or organdy. I have an Edwardian underthings pattern in progress, but there are also ones available from PastPatterns.com. 🙂

  9. Gwen
    October 24, 2016 at 11:58 am (3 months ago)

    Do you have photographs of the pattern made up using the other neckline and sleeve options?

    • Jennie Chancey
      October 30, 2016 at 9:51 am (3 months ago)

      Hi, Gwen! Two of the three options are shown in the photos — one with a jewel neckline and one with the high collar. The wide neckline is hinted at in the photos of Katrina in front of the blue hydrangeas. If you see where she placed the lace trimming on the top of her bodice, it basically outlines the shape of the cut-out neckline. Hope this helps!


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