Lucy 1950s Shirtwaist Dress Purple Black Print

1950s Shirtwaist Dress in a True Vintage Print

Irresistible 1940s to 1950s shirtwaist dress to see you through all the seasons. 
The print for this dress is inspired by a true vintage 1940s floral print in shades of purple on a black background. With it's full skirt, the dress itself is definitely post war in style giving a late 1940s or 1950s look.

Our 1950s shirt dress buttons all the way through so you can unbutton at the top to show a glimpse of bra, or unbutton at the bottom for a flash of stocking welt. Team with our contrast black, plain black or contrast purple seamed stockings for a coordinated look.

This 1950s shirtwaist dress is made from 100% cotton and is a full button-through with a popper at the waist, just like the vintage dress that inspired it. Designed with a self tie belt, short sleeves and tiny shoulder pads. Skirt length approx 28”, 71cm (size UK 12, US 8). 
Choose your size UK 8 / US 4

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Clothing sizing

Our clothing sizing is generally inline with other reproduction vintage brands from Vivien of Holloway to House of Foxy and Trashy Diva. The waistlines will be a cut a little closer to the body than commercial vintage brands such as Collectif and Voodoo Vixen so if you wear those brands it would be worth checking your waist measurement.

The chart below shows the body measurements we work to. Our clothing is cut bigger than these measurements to allow for movement and ease and you can find the actual measurements for each garment on the tabs below. Note, your measurements should be smaller than the actual measurements to allow for movement!

Dress Size Bust Waist Hip

Size UK 8 / US 4

Bust 32"/81cm

Waist 23"/58cm

Hips 33"/85cm

Size UK 10 / US 6

Bust 34" (86cm)

Waist 25"/62.5cm

Hips 35"/87.5cm

Size UK 12 / US 8

Bust 36" (91.5 cm)

Waist 27"/67.5cm

Hips 37"/92.5cm

Size UK 14 / US 10

Bust 38" (96.5 cm)

Waist 29"/72.5cm

Hips 39"/97.5cm

Size UK 16 / US 12

Bust 40" (101.5 cm)

Waist 31"/77.5cm

Hips 41"/102.5cm

Size UK 18 / US 14

Bust 42" (106.5 cm)

Waist 33"/82.5cm

Hips 43"/107.5cm

Size UK 20 / US 16

Bust 44" (112 cm)

Waist 35"/89cm

Hips 45"/114cm

Size UK 22 / US 18

Bust 46" (117 cm)

Waist 37"/95cm

Hips 47"/119.5cm

Size UK 24 / US 20

Bust 48"/123cm

Waist 39"/97.5cm

Hips 49"/124.5cm

Size UK 26 / US 22

Bust 50"/127cm

Waist 41"/102.5

Hips 51"/129.5cm

Anne Sarong Dress

Our Anne dress is designed to be fitted to the waist, with a faux sarong skirt.

Size Bust Waist Hip

Size UK 8 / US 4

35" (89cm)

25" (63.5cm)

35" (89cm)

Size UK 10 / US 6

37" (94cm)

27" (68.5cm)

37" (94cm)

Size UK 12 / US 8

39" (99cm)

29" (73.5cm)

39" (99cm)

Size UK 14 / US 10

41" (104 cm)

31" (79cm)

41" (104 cm)

Size UK 16 / US 12

43" (109cm)

33" (84cm)

43" (109cm)

Size UK 18 / US 14

45" (114 cm)

35" (89cm)

45" (114 cm)

Size UK 20 / US 16

47" (119.50cm)

39" (99cm)

45" (114 cm)

Adjustable Circle Skirt

An extra inch, in addition to the measurements below, can be added by moving the button.

Size Waist Hip

Size UK 8 / US 4

Waist 23-25" (58.5-63.5cm)

Free

Size UK 10 / US 6

Waist 25-27" (63.5-68.5cm)

Free

Size UK 12 / US 8

Waist 27-29" (68.5-73.5cm)

Free

Size UK 14 / US 10

Waist 29-31" (73.5-78.5cm)

Free

Size UK 16 / US 12

Waist 31-33" (78.5-84cm)

Free

Size UK 18 / US 14

Waist 33-35" (84-89cm)

Free

Size UK 20 / US 16

Waist 35-37" (89-100cm)

Free

Dolly Dress

Size Bust Waist Hip

Size UK 8 / US 4

35" (89 cm)

24" (61 cm)

Free

Size UK 10 / US 6

37" (94 cm)

26" (66 cm)

Free

Size UK 12 / US 8

39" (99 cm)

28" (71 cm)

Free

Size UK 14 / US 10

41" (104 cm)

30" (76 cm)

Free

Size UK 16 / US 12

43" (109 cm)

32" (81 cm)

Free

Size UK 18 / US 14

45" (114.5 cm)

34" (86.5 cm)

Free

Size UK 20 / US 16

47" (119.5 cm)

36" (91.5 cm)

Free

Felicity Circle Skirt

Our Felicity circle skirt has a none stretch waist band.

Size Waist Hip

Size UK 8 / US 4

25" (64.5cm)

Free

Size UK 10 / US 6

27" (68.5cm)

Free

Size UK 12 / US 8

29" (73.5cm)

Free

Size UK 14 / US 10

31" (78.5cm)

Free

Size UK 16 / US 12

33" (84cm)

Free

Size UK 18 / US 14

35" (89cm)

Free

Size UK 20 / US 16

37" (94cm)

Free

Fenella Pencil Dress

Our Fenella Pencil Dress is very fitted at the waist.

Size Bust Waist Hip

Size UK 8 / US 4

35" (89 cm)

24" (61 cm)

38" (96.5 cm)

Size UK 10 / US 6

37" (94 cm)

26" (66 cm)

40" (101.5 cm)

Size UK 12 / US 8

39" (99 cm)

28" (71 cm)

42" (106.5 cm)

Size UK 14 / US 10

41" (104 cm)

30" (76 cm)

44" (112 cm)

Size UK 16 / US 12

43" (109 cm)

32" (81 cm)

46" (117 cm)

Size UK 18 / US 14

45" (114.5 cm)

34" (86.5 cm)

48" (123 cm)

Size UK 20 / US 16

47" (119.5 cm)

36" (91.5 cm)

50" (127 cm)

Flora Beach Pyjamas

Our Flora Beach Pyjamas are semi fitted, with the waist cut a little larger than our other styles to allow for movement.

Size Bust Waist Hip

Size UK 8 / US 4

35" (89 cm)

27" (68.5cm)

free

Size UK 10 / US 6

37" (94 cm)

29" (73.5cm)

free

Size UK 12 / US 8

39" (99 cm)

31" (78.5cm)

free

Size UK 14 / US 10

41" (104 cm)

33" (84cm)

free

Size UK 16 / US 12

43" (109 cm)

35" (89cm)

free

Size UK 18 / US 14

45" (114.5 cm)

37" (94cm)

free

Size UK 20 / US 16

47" (119.5 cm)

39" (99cm)

free

Gladys Dress

Size Bust Waist Hip

Size UK 8 / US 4

34" (86cm)

26.5" (67.5cm)

free

Size UK 10 / US 6

36" (91.5 cm)

28.5" (72.5cm)

free

Size UK 12 / US 8

38" (96.5 cm)

30.5" (77.5)

free

Size UK 14 / US 10

40" (101.5 cm)

32.5" (82.5cm)

free

Size UK 16 / US 12

42" (106.5 cm)

34.5" (87.5cm)

free

Size UK 18 / US 14

44" (112 cm)

36.5" (92.5cm)

free

Size UK 20 / US 16

46" (117 cm)

38.5" (98cm)

free

Jane Knitwear

Our Jayne 1950s Cardigan is designed to be close fitting.

While I (Katie) often size down in reproduction vintage knitwear for our knitwear (as a UK size 12, US size 8, bust 37"), I wear a Medium which gives a nicely fitted look. It would be possible for me to wear a Small if I wanted a super tight sweater girl look , or size up to a Large for a looser fit.

It really depends on how you want to wear and style your knitwear.

Small: UK 8 -10, US 4-6 bust measures 34-42", 86-106.50cm

Medium: UK 12-14, US 8-10 bust measures 36-42", 91.5-112cm

Large: UK 14-16, US 10-12, bust measures 38-46", 96.5-117cm

X Large; UK 18+, US 14+, bust measures 40-48”, 101.5-122cm

Lucy Dress

Our Lucy dress is designed to be fitted to the waist, with a free hip.

Size Bust Waist Hip

Size UK 8 / US 4

34" (86cm)

26" (66cm)

free

Size UK 10 / US 6

36" (91.5 cm)

28" (71cm)

free

Size UK 12 / US 8

38" (96.5 cm)

30" (76cm)

free

Size UK 14 / US 10

40" (101.5 cm)

32" (81cm)

free

Size UK 16 / US 12

42" (106.5 cm)

34" (86.5cm)

free

Size UK 18 / US 14

44" (112 cm)

36" (91.5cm)

free

Size UK 20 / US 16

46" (117 cm)

38" (96.5cm)

free

Minnie, Emily and Emma Dress

Size Bust Waist Hip

Size UK 8 / US 4

35" (89 cm)

24" (61 cm)

Free

Size UK 10 / US 6

37" (94 cm)

26" (66 cm)

Free

Size UK 12 / US 8

39" (99 cm)

28" (71 cm)

Free

Size UK 14 / US 10

41" (104 cm)

30" (76 cm)

Free

Size UK 16 / US 12

43" (109 cm)

32" (81 cm)

Free

Size UK 18 / US 14

45" (114.5 cm)

34" (86.5 cm)

Free

Size UK 20 / US 16

47" (119.5 cm)

36" (91.5 cm)

Free

Rita Dress

Our Rita Dress is very fitted at the waist.

Size Bust Waist Hip

Size UK 8 / US 4

35" (89 cm)

24" (61 cm)

free

Size UK 10 / US 6

37" (94 cm)

26" (66 cm)

free

Size UK 12 / US 8

39" (99 cm)

28" (71 cm)

free

Size UK 14 / US 10

41" (104 cm)

30" (76 cm)

free

Size UK 16 / US 12

43" (109 cm)

32" (81 cm)

free

Size UK 18 / US 14

45" (114.5 cm)

34" (86.5 cm)

free

Size UK 20 / US 16

47" (119.5 cm)

36" (91.5 cm)

free

Thomasina Dress

Size Bust Waist Hip

Size UK 8 / US 4

35" (89 cm)

24" (61 cm)

Free

Size UK 10 / US 6

37" (94 cm)

26" (66 cm)

Free

Size UK 12 / US 8

39" (99 cm)

28" (71 cm)

Free

Size UK 14 / US 10

41" (104 cm)

30" (76 cm)

Free

Size UK 16 / US 12

43" (109 cm)

32" (81 cm)

Free

Size UK 18 / US 14

45" (114.5 cm)

34" (86.5 cm)

Free

Size UK 20 / US 16

47" (119.5 cm)

36" (91.5 cm)

Free

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Perfect in every detail

I love dresses from this era. I am lucky enough to have a couple of originals...this dress is just fabulous. The attention to detail and fit is so very flattering. I wore this with both a boned corset and without. Super feminine, I cant say enough good things about it! Please make more!!