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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 ePattern.
  • 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.
  • Available for instant download!
  • This pattern is rated intermediate to advanced, depending on whether or not you opt to do the lace insertion and embroidery.

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!

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16 comments on “1909 “Beatrix” Shirtwaist Pattern”

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

    • 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!

  3. 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!

    • 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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