Late 1930s to Early 1940s Vintage Dressing Gown or Hostess Dress Small

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This is a wonderful example of a vintage dressing gown, house dress, or hostess dress (I’ve also seen it called a housecoat in some publications) dating to the late 1930s to early 1940s. Today, we wear these as comfortable and cute maxi dresses – and perfect for entertaining!

Made of incredible Depression Era cotton fabric in a deep, rosy pink with lines of yellow and white flowers, blue roses, and burgundy vining leaves. The fabric is still crisp (sizing?) – this frock may never have been worn and I doubt it has ever been washed. It features a delightfully full skirt that will make you feel so fabulous and feminine! The vintage dress is unlined cotton calico. It has a squared scoop neckline that ties with self-fabric strings at center front. The short sleeves are delightfully poufy – gathered at the shoulder seam pleated down to fit closely to the arm at the cuff. The closure is with a 28” metal zipper at center front and there is a self-fabric belt that ties. The attached skirt is wonderfully full – bias cut – and flows beautifully.

The label reads “Modely” and there is a size tag. DO NOT USE THIS SIZE WHEN PURCHASING! This is a vintage label and is MUCH smaller than the size listed on the tag.

The condition is excellent – near mint. I found a little smudge on the skirt, but I can’t find it a second time. Please note that the zipper at center front IS VISIBLE. This is not a flaw; it is the way it is made. Possibly because the use of zippers in clothing at this period of time was still novel, it was meant to “show off”.

Approximate Modern Size: Small

Measurements:

  • Bust -- 38”
  • Waist -- 27”
  • Hips -- Open
  • Length -- 55”
  • Back Shoulder -- 14”
  • Circumference of Sleeve at “cuff” -- 11 ½”
  • Shoulder to Waist -- 15 1/8”
  • Hem Circumference -- 280"

 

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