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A redesign of our best selling 1940s shirt dress - the devil is in the detail and this dress has authentic vintage styling in abundance. We think this is the perfect 40s shirt dress and is part of our 'Authentic Vintage' collection.
The shirt waister dress is the epitome of 1940s wartime styling. It is practical, demure, elegant and classy - all the hallmarks of the 1940s. This dress has been designed to be as authentic as possible and is based on original patterns and photographs. With this dress we haven't compromised for modern manufacturing, which has resulted in a new and extra special dress we are really proud to bring to you.
1940s shirt waister features include:-
- iconic gathers into a low shoulder yoke at front and back
- tucks at the bottom of blouse into waist seam (gives plenty of room for movement)
- authentic style collar which can be buttoned right to the top or left open
- shell buttons
- sash belt to nip in at the waist
- sleeves are gathered and are buttoned to fit
- side zip
This dress is a must have for any 1940s enthusiast.
Fabric is a authentic feel rayon and behaves like a vintage fabric but creases easily.
Proudly made in the UK
Fabric: 100% rayon
Washing instructions: cool hand wash or dry clean as some shrinkage may occur
Length: from natural waist: 26 inches
Fit Class - Loose Fit
Semi-fitted - skims the body so that is follows shape but is not tight.
This dress is roomy at the top to ensure it is a practical garment.
However, ladies with a larger bust would be advised to go up a size if unsure. The dress is easily nipped in at the waist with the sash belt to ensure shapely.
Shape advise: great for all shapes - excellent for those wishing to create a waist due to the blousey nature of garment.
Style suits pear shape, hourglass and pillar most.
Please refer to the table below as a size guide. The measurements refer to 'your' body not the garment itself. Please choose the size that most reflects your measurements
For more information on fit and sizing please visit our size guide
This is my first shirtwaist from HoF and won't be the last. I love the rich red color and the crepe fabric. I also appreciate all the sweet details like the button fastening under the collar and at the cuffs. It's a great office style and made to move in so no restricted arm movements. I may try a smaller size next time, I went for the 16 and it's a bit big everywhere but I'm worried the 14 will gape at the bust like the prim blouse does. I'll have to get the shoulders tailored and see if that helps. I'm 43-33.
This is honestly the perfect dress - really authentic looking - the fabric is beautiful and the shape is amazing and so flattering
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