Named after one of our favourite Char ladies ;-) - Gracie is a rework of our very first 1940s style day dress. Influenced by an original CC41 dress and photos - this is a real nod to wartime styles - very wearable, flattering and pretty.
Another very flattering cut which is a classic take on the shirt dress. The wrap style shirt neckline combined with the sleeves creates the a classic wartime, early 1940s silhouette..
Dress has a shirt lapels with wrap but are fixed into the waist - pleats on the shoulder give extra bust room. Sleeves are grown on and have a small turn-up. Skirt is the classic 1940s style - not too much swing but not a wiggle either. We love to nip in the waist with the stunning belt with self covered buckle.
Key Features Include:-
- faux shirt style
- grown on sleeves
- self covered belt to nip in
- side zip
The fabrics is a mid weight 100% rayon (viscose) and as such gathers beautifully into yokes and under bust - is similar to the fabrics worn at this time. Print is our exclusive late 30s reproduction print we have called 'Bloomsbury'. A sumptuous floral print in the jewel colours. Really authentic!
Made in the Europe
Fabric: 100% Viscose throughout
Washing instructions: cold machine wash, hand wash or dry clean - medium iron. Expect 3% shrinkage if washing. Do not wash belt
Length from natural waist: approx 26 inches
Fit Class - semi-fitted
"skims the body so that is follows shape but is not tight"
This dress is free fitting on hips due to the swing skirt. The bust area is fairly generous but will not sit right if the bust is too full. Waist band is fitted and for this reason, we strongly suggest that you select your size through the waist measurements.
Style suits pear shapes, hourglass and pillar most.
Fabric has no stretch in it.
For more information on fit and sizing please visit our size guide. The measurements refer to 'your' body not the garment itself. Please choose the size that most reflects your measurements.
Even though I’m in love with the Bloomsbury print, I was reluctant to purchase Gracie as I thought it might look frumpy on my just under 5ft frame. I’m so glad I bought it! I even received 3 compliments the first time I wore it. Gracie does run a bit large, but I went with my usual HOF 10, and it looks great. I could probably size down to an 8, but I kind of like having that little bit of wiggle room. It’s comfortable and yet still elegant and stylish. For reference, my measurements are: 35-27-37. Off I go to purchase another Gracie. :)
I often can't wear wrap dresses because I have a full high set bust and dresses usually gape at the bust or have to be wrapped so tight that the lines don't fall right. This dress is a faux wrap with a fixed skirt and the bust is loose enough that it accommodates mu bust! I measure 39-29-42 and ordered the size 14. This is truly one of my favorite styles of the year and I hope they bring this one out again!
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