About 2 years ago, I found a really cute 1950s shirtwaist dress in the prettiest pink cotton fabric. It had a few rips in the fabric and rust spots from the buttons and it was very very small. I thought I could at least use the fabric in the skirt to make a new skirt for myself so I kept it in a bin in the basement for later use.

plus size vintage fashion pink day dress diy trashy diva dress va-voom vintage with Brittany

While scrolling through Pinterest one day, I spotted the darling Hopscotch Dress from Trashy Diva and fell in love with i. I thought I could probably sew my own version. In came the pink shirtwaist.

I removed the skirt, set it aside and used the sleeves and tiny bodice to carefully cut a new bodice for my dress. I didn't have a pattern so I cut one out of tissue paper, had Pj help me pin it to myself and marked the darts and gathers down the front. For the little under-shirt part, I bought a little bit of white swiss dot fabric and used Simplicity's 1692 top view C for a pattern and slit the neckline down a bit, like the hopscotch dress. I top stitched my pink bodice to the white top, which was tricky to line up properly.

Then, I stashed it all in a box for 2 years.

plus size vintage fashion pink day dress diy trashy diva dress va-voom vintage with Brittany

This weekend, while Pj was recovering from being sick, I decided to open the windows to enjoy the beautiful sunny day and get some old unfinished projects out. While digging through some boxes in the basement, I saw this fabric peeking out and got all excited to finish it, just in time for warm weather. I took it for a spin this afternoon and although St. Louis has been gorgeous for weeks, it's absolutely freezing today!

I gathered the skirt to fit my waist and attached it to the bodice. Then, I sewed a collar from a scrap of white fabric, finished the sleeve edges and put a zipper in the side. I think I need some pink or white buttons down the front just like the Trashy Diva dress. I love how it turned out! I'll probably make this dress again with a fuller skirt.  Hopefully it won't take another two years!