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Vintage 1940s Dress - SMASHING Volup Brick Red Rayon Gabardine Barbette Dress w SEVENTEEN Tortoise Bakelite! Size XL

Regular price $255.00 AUD
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INCREDIBLE 1940s dress, a classic with shoulder pads, four pockets picked out in matching embroidery, fitted shirtwaist bodice that can be worn buttoned-up or relaxed and lapels open; A-line skirt. SEVENTEEN tortoiseshell Bakelite buttons w catseye carving, all original and still in place...amazing!

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•Fabric(s): rayon garbarine

•Closures: fastens up w Bakelite buttons to hem, waist snap

•Designer/Labels: Barbette

All accessories (belts, jewelry, crinolines, pins, etc.) are for style inspiration only unless indicated.


Fits about a modern volup XL; please allow room for fit/ease!

Bust (underarm area measured flat, then doubled) to about 44"/taut 45"

Waist about 35"/taut 36"

Hips to about 48"

Shoulder to waist about 16 1/2"

Shoulder to hem about 45" and has 1 1/2" hem allowance

Shoulders about 16 1/2" through seams and 17 1/2" through shoulder pads

Sleeves about 10" long

Armhole opening circumference about 19" around


Great vintage shape. Cleaned. 75+ years old.

The faintest lil dot on the backside of a sleeve -- I had to hunt to find that, this dress looks rarely/barely worn.


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