This late 1940s or early 1950s dress in dark gold and ivory striped, linen-textured rayon reminds me a bit of a Claire McCardell design for some reason. It’s probably the combination of whimsy and total functionality encompassed in the single, large hip pocket, with its 3 loop-shaped openings, and a lining of the same striped fabric, turned on the horizontal. The dress is elevated by this pocket detail, along with the unusual, curved but not-quite-keyhole-shaped neckline, and the nicely pattern-matched stripes—not an easy task, even for skilled dressmaker! The bodice has wide cap sleeves and vertical bust darts. The skirt is relatively straight, with just a slight flare from hips to hem. The dress fastens with a metal side seam zipper and it is unlined. The medium-weight rayon fabric looks like linen, but it has a much softer feel. This “simple” late 1940s-50s day dress is actually very chic, and will be versatile addition to your wardrobe. It is in excellent condition, with no flaws to note.
Bust: will fit approx. 34” (hard to measure with this sleeve style)
Waist: 27” flat to fit 26”
Hip: 37” flat to fit approx. 33-35”
Length: 42” from shoulder to hem in front
Back of neck to waist length: 16”
Waist to hem length: 27”
Sleeve: 3” long with 15.5” flat opening