Bows novelty print black taffeta late 1940s dress | XS-S

1930s - 1940s Clothing

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This darling late 1940s dress has a pattern of bows embossed in its black rayon moiré taffeta fabric—so cute! The black rayon faille bodice has medium-sized shoulder pads, short sleeves, and darts that shape the waist. The sleeve cuffs, pointed collar, and fabric filling in the keyhole neckline are the bow-patterned taffeta, to match the skirt. (The fabric inserted in the keyhole opening snaps in, and can be removed easily, if you prefer to show a bit more skin.) Two gold metal buttons fasten the neckline, just below the collar. The dress has 2 pockets in the flared skirt, at about hip level. Tiny gathers add a bit of fullness, where the skirt meets the front of the waist seam. There is a small mend in this gathered area at the left front side of the waist, which is unlikely to be noticed when the dress is worn (see close-up photo). A metal zipper closes the dress at the left side seam. The crisp, lightweight faille and taffeta are unlined. This “novelty print” bow-patterned black 1940s dress is in very good condition, its only issue the small mend at the waist seam.

Size: XS-S
Bust: 36” flat, to fit approx. 34-35”
Waist: 26.5” flat, to fit approx. 25.5”
Hip: 48” flat--full
Length: 42” from shoulder to hem in front
Underarm to waist length: 7.5”
Sleeve length: 8.5”, with 11.5” flat opening
Shoulder to shoulder: 14”
Label: none