Lizzie, I agree that late 30s to 40s shirt dresses are universally flattering. They're fitted through the body and usually have pleats or gores in the skirts. Most have sleeves as well, unless they're the later 40s cap sleeve style (much more flattering than modern cap sleeves b/c of the big shoulders.) Apple Blossom, like you, I'm trying to make all my so-called vintage stuff. I've become worried about wearing out irreplaceable artifacts.