Bust: measures 33” flat, to fit approx. 32”
Waist: measures 29” flat to fit approx. 28” or smaller
Hip: measures 36” flat, to fit approx. 33 to 34”
Length: 56” from shoulder to hem in front
Underarm to waist length: 8”
Waist to hem length: 41”
Straps: currently 12” (could be replaced)
This late 1940s evening gown has a columnar shape, with pleated peplum and “bustle” back panels. It is largely made of black rayon crepe, below a bust in sheer peach mesh, lined with peach rayon taffeta and covered with black lace. The bodice is held up with spaghetti-thin peach straps, similar to lingerie straps—these could easily be replaced with narrow ribbon or cording, (black or peach), since they are a bit rumpled and tired-looking. The peplum panel over the hips is pleated horizontally in front, and drapes around each side. In the back, the long ends of the peplum attach to the body of the dress with tiny snaps, one at each hip, and fall in soft pleats. We have shown the draped back panels both hanging loosely, and tied together, since we aren’t sure exactly which way they were meant to be worn. Below the peplum, the skirt is long and narrow, flaring out just a bit from hips to hem. The dress fastens in back with a metal zipper. The black crepe sections of the gown are unlined, while the bust section is lined with taffeta, as mentioned above. The taffeta fabric lining the bust has some spots, which are visible only from the underside, as shown. Other than the slightly worn state of the shoulder straps, these lining spots are the only issue with this 1940s evening dress, which is in very good condition, recently dry-cleaned, and ready to wear. It appears that the bust area has been skillfully taken in on each side, resulting in the bust measurement being slightly smaller, compared to the waist and hip measurements. If you are a small-busted lady, this is the 1940s dress for you!