This dress is so simple, but there are very interesting and attractive details – true to its mid-century era. The bow at the neckline and little covered buttons are precious. The fabric, also, is lovely. It feels like rayon and has a weave that makes it look like shantung – very smart for such a plain dress, but – that’s true vintage – they put really nice details on even the most everyday off-the-rack garments.
Although this style would be very easy to home-sew, the dress was commercially made. A tag inside says it’s a vintage plus size 18 1/2, believe it or not. Equivalent to a size 6 or 8 today. Size 4 me can even wear it with a belt, though I might want to pad my bra a bit . . . . . .. .
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY
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