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Original Vintage: 1950s Shirt Dress


Dating from: 1950s


Label: Vogue R&L London, the label denotes that this dress was hand made using a Vogue Dress Pattern.



Side seam to side seam across bust: 40” (102cm)

Side seam to side seam across waist: 30” (76cm)

Side seam to side seam across hips: Hips are free

Length from neck to waist: 15 ¼ ” (38.7 cm)

Length from under arm to waist seam 7 ½” (19 cm)

Length From waist to hem has a large hem 24 – 29 " (61- 74cm)

Sleeve Length including cuff: 17 ¼” (43.7 cm)

Sleeve width at bicep 15 “(38 cm)

Cuff width: 9” (23cm)


A Rock Follies Vintage Size: 16 (please note this dress is a petit fit i.e. short in the waist)

Please check our size guide for how to take your measurements.


Fabric: A quality medium weight 1950s cotton print I would say with my experience of handling vintage fabric it is a Horrockses Cotton Print it is crisp has a beautiful cotton thread count. The pattern is also a typical beautiful Horrockses design it has a soft white background with panels of varied different florals and stripes with vines and paisley running vertically. The colours are light grey, mid blue, emerald, green, deep pink with dashes of black.


Style: A classic 1950's relaxed fit and flare, Tea dress


Features: The bodice has an open revere type collar with darts at the waist on the front and back, with a fitted in sleeve. The skirt is attached to the bodice with full gathers, and so has a lovely fullness at the hem and a petticoat can be worn underneath to give it more flare. Top Tip do this and wear a wide blet if you want to make your waist appear smaller.

Petticoats both vintage and reproduction are available for sale in our Lingerie & Nightwear Collection. There are belt loops for a wide 3” (7.5 cm) the original belt is no longer with the dress.


Closure: The dress is buttoned at the centre front with three white buttons and one on each cuff, there is a side zip at the waist.


Ideal to wear for: The dress can be worn casually or dressed up for an event such as Goodwood Revival with a hat, gloves, bag and belt as shown is the photographs. The accessories are not included but are for sale on the accessory’s pages.


Vintage Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition:


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:


  • Excellent Vintage Condition: Means the item is in great shape for its age. (Most of our stock will fall into this category)

1950s Cotton Print Tea Dress

SKU: W50024
  • Machine or hand wash 40 degrees 

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