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Help with dating and occasion for this dress please 30s/40s work?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by GemGem, Jan 26, 2021.

  1. GemGem

    GemGem Registered Guest

    Hi all,

    I have another question regarding another fab vintage piece. This time it's certainly a casual wear piece but unsure or vintage era and whether it's a house dress or a work dress for something like factory work?

    I'm pretty sure it's home made, or bulk made (not to a high standard) which would fit with it being for a factory or wash house etc.

    I'm just as interested in everyday wear as I am with the fancier pieces so would love some help with this. The length seems a little short but my first feeling are that it is around 1930s/40s. There is a bit of the trim tape missing from approx 2 inches of the hem so I do wonder if it was shortened. IMG_4000.JPG IMG_4004.JPG

    It measures 39" from the front shoulder to hem.

    It seems quite a loose fit with the gather details by the pockets giving it a little shape (one pocket is a faux pocket). It is completely button up along the front. The buttons look to be hand painted with the lighter blue in the middles.

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  2. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    It looks like a mid 60s day dress for an older woman that has also seen some home alterations.
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  3. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Administrator Staff Member

    I was thinking it looked like a house dress, but not sure if they were still a thing by the 1960s.

    I wasn't sure on era, but now Jonathan has said 60s I can see that. I remember having a similarly shaped button front day dress, though in a fancier fabric, that I was convinced was 40s but people here corrected me to 60s and probably meant for an older woman - surprising how this style can be similar in different eras.

    I don't think the buttons are hand painted, just that the surface has crackled with time.
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  4. mags_rags

    mags_rags Trade Member

    Before sweatpants became so mainstream across generations, I think button or zip front dresses like this were sort of ubiquitous for everyday wear. Easy to get on and off, even with arthritic joints that make back zippers a struggle.
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  5. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member

    It looks like the size is what used to be called a "half size", meant for stout or plump women. These half size dresses almost always were short waisted, as your is. I thought it looked more 50s than 60s, but the fabric and pattern do look more 60s.
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  6. GemGem

    GemGem Registered Guest

    Thanks for such great info super troopers! I shall adjust the information accordingly :)
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  7. denisebrain

    denisebrain VFG President Staff Member

    The reason it would be for an older woman in the 1960s is that she was used to an earlier style and continued to wear it. That's why it is reminiscent of 1950s (you'll even see 40s styles made in the 60s). And the half size that Barbara mentioned it seems to be really fits with that. (Half sizes were shorter, narrower at the shoulders but fuller figured and with a proportionately larger waist than with Misses sizes.)
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  8. GemGem

    GemGem Registered Guest

    That's wonderful info! It will really help a lot. :)

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