Original Vintage: Summer Occasion or day dress
Dating from: 1940s
Label no label hand made
Side seam to side seam across bust 41 (91 cm)
Side seam to side seam across waist 32” (76 cm)”
Side seam to side seam across hips 44” (112 cm)
Length under arm to waist seam 6 ½” (16.5 cm)
Length from waist to hem 26" (66 cm)
Width of skirt at hem at 86” (218.5 cm)
A Rock Follies Vintage Size: 16
Please check our size guide for how to take your measurements.
Fabric: is a soft rayon print, the background is a muted turquoise blue with a pattern of sprays of pink and white peony like flowers with splashes or olive green, small clusters of white flowers and sprays of black leaves.
Style: A classic clever 1940s waisted dress summer dress with a fitted sleeve and caped yoke collar.
Features: The bodice is darted at bust and waist back and front. The bodice is made in three panels with a cap sleeve coming off the bodice, at the front there is a caped yoke that is seamed into the shoulder seam. The bodice is buttoned down the centre front with four black glass buttons. The skirt panels are attached to the waist with two long darts on the back panel seven stitched pin tucks on the front.
There are belt loops for a narrow belt, the original belt is no longer with the dress.
Closure: 7" (18 cm) metal zip at the side the side zips in the forties were short due to lack of metal for zips.
Ideal to wear for: events this dress can be dressed up or worn more casually. In the forties wrist length lace gloves and a straw hat could have been worn with this summer dress
Vintage Condition: Flawed Vintage Condition:
This dress is an original 1940s dress that was loved and worn it has some make do and mend to extend it life in a war era when fabric was in short supply. There is some darning under the arms, the hem has been hand stitched and there is a faded mark in the centre of the skirt. The dress is still so very pretty and wearable however we will always point out any wear and tear and make do and mend in our original 1940s wear.
Vintage items are not new they date back to a particular era, some have survived in amazing condition, while others may show some signs of age, but we feel they still deserve to make it into our collection. Therefore, we have listed our items into three Conditions:
- Mint Vintage Condition: Means the item although Vintage is unworn and good as the day it was made.
- Excellent Vintage Condition: Means the item is in great shape for its age. (Most of our stock will fall into this category)
- Flawed Vintage Condition: Means the item is wearable but does have some repair, mark or damage. The flaws will be described.
1940s Day Dress
We would sugest a machine wash at 40 degrees or dry clean