Original vintage 1950s cotton sun dress with a wonderful novelty nautical scene print. The dress has a sleeveless dart-fitted bodice with a square neckline trimmed with contrast white cotton pique and rick rack. The softly pleated skirt is semi-full. Fastens with a left side metal zip. Homemade.
Measurements - don't forget to leave a little room for comfort and ease of movement!
Bust 36" there are no bust darts allowing for extra fullness, so it would fit probably about a 34 inch bust best
Centre Back Bodice Length 13.5"
Back Bodice Length from Top of Shoulder Strap 16"
Skirt Length 24.5" with less than half an inch hem
I would say this would fit a UK size 10 best (or small busted 12), but PLEASE make sure you know your own measurements, and go by those instead of my size guide! I've noticed here on the eBay vintage pages that there seems to be a vastly differing opinion with sizes!!!! And this is just my guesstimate.
This dress is only in FAIR condition. It does have quite a few flaws, BUT none of which render the dress unwearable. In fact, I sometimes personally prefer to wear flawed vintage dresses, then I don't worry as much about possibly damaging them while I wear them, as I'd do for those dresses in superb condition!
This has clearly been a favourite of a previous owner, and has had much wear - though there is definitely life left in it!
Right, here goes:
1) There is a badly patched hole to the skirt back about 1.5 to 2 inches up from the hem.
2) There are quite a few small holes scattered over the skirt. Some of them on an even horizontal line from a previous hem adjustment. Most of these holes are only pin head or pin point sized; there is just one larger one, which I have photographed, but it's still only about two/three pinhead sized.
3) There are also a few (about 5 or 6 little holes to the bodice front).
4) You can see faint old stitch lines to the bodice front where it's clear that somebody has unpicked the original darts, and then resewn them a little further apart.
5) There is light even fade.
6) A few small pale marks to the skirt.
7) The cotton pique and rick rack trim to the bodice front are NOT original to the dress, and have probably been sewn there because of previous damage - I bought it like this though, so I can't say for sure.
8) Lastly, I think the zip is either been resewn in, or is a replacement - the stitching around it isn't very well executed.
I do not accept returns. Please make sure you have read the description
carefully, especially the condition and measurements part (and please
make sure you know you own personal measurements), so you know what you
are getting, and if you need to know anything else please ask.
Please take a look at my other vintage auctions, all starting at 99p. Postage gladly combined. Depending on the weight, I could probably send 2 dresses for £5 within the UK.
YES, I will consider BUY IT NOW prices! Just send me an email with the items you're interested in, and how much you were thinking of, and I'll consider it! But please don't be offended if I say no, or counter offer :)
I do not send out anything without a tracking number, this makes overseas postage quite expensive, I'm sorry. Overseas buyers, I will combine postage, but I need to know which dresses you're interested in and your location before I can give you a shipping quote for more than one item.
I sometimes use petticoats to show the fullness of skirts, and these are not included in the sale.
I do not accept returns. Please make sure you have read the description carefully, especially the condition and measurements part (and please make sure you know you own personal measurements), so you know what you are getting, and if you need to know anything else please ask.
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My name is Tessa, I'm 32, and I've been wearing and collecting vintage clothing for well over a decade. I started wearing 1960s and 70s stuff, but very some came to realise that I favoured the 'New Look' silhouette of the late 1940s, into the 1950s. I believe this style suits my odd (by odd, I mean does not conform to modern day standards) figure better too - I have soooo much trouble buying modern clothing!
I have a huge collection dresses and skirts from late 1940s into the early 60s, in fact I have a whole room dedicated to my collection! I mainly concentrate on 1950s novelty printed cotton dresses and skirts, and Horrockses Fashions dresses - of which I may have one of the largest collections at 122.
You'll notice that this is also mainly what I sell (apart from the Horrockses, which I very rarely let go of). If you're anything like me your vintage collection is constantly evolving and changing; you have some things you know you'll keep forever, some you keep for 6 months or year and get bored of them, or just decide they're not right for you afterall, or some you realise instantly after trying on that they're not right for you despite how much you love them! So the vast majority of items I sell have been bought for myself originally, but I've decided aren't right for me for one reason or another. And there's usually a large range of sizes because I'm a bit of a yoyo dieter! In the last 18 months, this is terrible to admit, but I've been every waist size between 23 and 31 inches! Yikes!
I also have an Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RainbowValleyVintage
It's quite sad to say it, but vintage is pretty much my life - I live and breathe it, and am constantly surrounded by it!