Bust: measures 42” flat to fit approx. 39 to 40” somewhat loosely
Waist: measures 29.5” flat to fit approx. 28 to 29”
Hip: measures 46” flat to fit up to 42” loosely
Underarm to waist length: 9.5” (regular or tall—not petite)
Shoulder to shoulder: 16.5”
Waist to hem length: 26”
Label: Marshall Field & Company Sunningdale Shop
This is a deadstock, never worn, vintage 1960s day dress in a classic shirtwaist style. The lightweight, slubbed silk fabric is off-white with a print of pretty pink flowers and dainty black scrollwork designs that almost look like they form heart shapes—isn’t it romantic? The sleeveless bodice has a notched collar, covered buttons with bound buttonholes and pleats above the waist, front and back, which add some fullness to its shape. A fabric-covered, wide belt with white leather backing cinches the waist. The skirt has two inverted pleats, one at each side of the center, and is somewhat flared from waist to hem. The skirt has more of a structured, tulip shape rather than the softness of a traditionally full skirt. Hidden snaps from the inside of the waist to the high hip are used to fasten the dress, as well as the bodice buttons. Both the bodice and skirt sections are fully lined in white silk organza. This dress was very well constructed, made for the Sunningdale Shop at Chicago’s beloved Marshall Field’s department store. According to a 1946 Field’s store guidebook, the Sunningdale Shop specialized in “magnificent casual clothes”—and this dress is a great example of their merchandise. It is in near excellent condition, unworn, with one very faint mark on the skirt from storage and a tiny bit of yellowing along the outer edges of the leather-backed belt (see our close up photos). Its original price tag is still attached: retailing for $155.00 in the early 1960s, this dress would cost just over $1200.00 today!