1980s does 1940s Semi-Sheer Shirtwaister Dress
An exquisite shirtwaister dress in teal.
Made from a delicate chiffon fabric, semi-sheer with long sleeves and cuffs fastening with button detailing. Magnificent 1940s-style detailing across the front shoulders and back yoke with gathering, a rounded alice collar, and a blouson effect that is reminiscent of the wartime period.
Five marbelised buttons dot down the front, while an elasticated waist offers ample comfort and stretch. When worn, it moves gracefully; perfect for dancing.
The dress would have originally included a slip, and any labels within this part of the garment may have enlightened more details, yet it is evident that this is a commercially crafted dress, perhaps from a mid-range department store or brand like Debenhams or Marks & Spencer. We suggest matching this with a contrasting belt for a more authentic 40s twist. Cream or tan would be lovely. We used white in our model photos.
Excellent, no issues or flaws to note.
Measurements and details
All vintage clothing is measured with the garment flat and measurements doubled for width. Please compare these measurements to a garment that fits you well as often there is very little or no give in vintage fabrics.
Bust: 48 inches
Waist: 30-44 inches
Length from shoulder to waist : 17 inches
Length from waist to hem: 29 inches
Sleeve length from shoulder: 24 inches
cuff circumference 8"
Fabric: light polyester chiffon.
Alterations: There is approximately 1/2 inch useable allowance on main seams for alterations and no useable hem allowance.
Model Details: Our model, Miss Darcey, is 5'6"/167.5cm and normally wears a VV size Faye.