Navy blue crepe belted late 1940s peplum blouse | XS-S

1930s - 1940s Clothing

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This late 1940s navy blue rayon crepe blouse has an interesting peplum! It is gathered in front, below the waist seam, with a deep horizontal pleat and buttoned trim. (The pleat looks a bit like a large pocket along the hem, but the buttons are non-functional, merely decorative, so the “pocket” doesn’t open.) In back, the peplum is not gathered below the waist as it is in the front, but it does have a neat, diagonal pleat on each side—a nice design detail! The blouse has dolman-style short, cuffed sleeves and medium-sized shoulder pads. It buttons closed in front below the deep V-neckline, secured with a single hook. The matching belt partially covers the shirring/tiny gathers at the waist.  There is a narrow taffeta band with a hook and eye closure securing the center front opening of the peplum, hidden when the blouse is buttoned closed. This matches the navy blue rayon taffeta lining of the peplum. The upper section of the blouse is unlined, and the lightweight rayon crepe fabric is just slightly sheer, when it is worn. In very good condition, the blouse has one small issue: a single button missing from the peplum trim, on its left side. (You could easily move one of the less visible buttons from the center of the peplum to this location, to make it less noticeable.) This true vintage late 1940s peplum blouse has no other flaws to note.

Size: XS-S
Bust: approx. 37” flat to fit 36” or smaller
Waist: 27” flat, to fit 26” or smaller
Hip: somewhat full, due to gathered peplum
Length: 23” from shoulder to hem in front
Underarm to waist: 8”
Waist to hem: 8”
Sleeve: approx. 3” long with 13” flat opening
Label: none