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Pretty Vintage 1950s Novelty Ribbon & Bow Print Drop Waist Day Dress TLC
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Decade: 1950s Brand: Unknown
Size: 10-12 Chest Size: 36
Vintage Type: True Vintage Waist Size: 28
Material: Cotton/Rayon Blend?
Lovely vintage 1950s day dress with a novelty ribbon print. It has a sleeveless, elongated bodice topped with a ribbon-trimmed cape-like collar; and a full gathered skirt. Tie ends are sewn into the bodice side seams at waistline level and form a bow at either the centre front or centre back, as shown. Fastens with a left side metal zip. There is a tiny little size label at the back neckline reading '38'. but no maker's label. It's made from a floppy, soft-draping fabric - possibly a cotton and rayon blend, I'm not sure.

Measurements - don't forget to leave a little room for comfort and ease of movement!

Bust 36"
Dropped Waist 32"
Centre Back Bodice Length 14.75"
Back Bodice Length from Mid-Shoulder 18.75"
Skirt Length 24.5"
Hem 1.25"

I would say this would fit a UK size 10 best (or small 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 in need of some TLC! I think it'd definitely be worth it though, it's SUCH a pretty print!
1) The front waist and bust darts have been unpicked, now they are more like tucks. This has left old stitch lines and some holes (particularly where the points of the darts were). It looks as though someone has tried to darn a couple of the holes, but a little clumsily. This could all be hidden if the darts were reinstated - they'd have to be a little wider than original though, and this would also make the dress smaller, keep in mind.
2) The back waist darts are a little stretched/strained.
3) There is light armpit discolouration.
4) There is a little wear to the fabric at the centre front of the neckline.
5) There's a small, very pale pink mark among the gathers to the left of the skirt front just underneath the waistline seam.
6) A little bit of wear to the fabric at the top of the zip opening.
7) Lastly, I'm pretty sure that the pink ribbon trim to the collar is not original.

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.

If you do happen to be unhappy when you receive something, please contact me before leaving feedback and let's try to resolve the problem amicably between ourselves without resorting to damaging feedback.

Within the UK I can accept payments by PayPal, cheque, or postal order.

Buyers from outside the UK, I can only accept PayPal.

Buyers outside of Europe, please do be aware of your own country's tax/custom rules, and know that these are not included in the price you pay me, and may possibly have to be paid before delivery of your item.

About me....

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:
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!

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