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This swanky Vintage 1940's Cranberry Red Pebble Crepe Jersey Dress just 'swings' with it's Removable Floral Blue Rhinestone buttons and amazing designer detailing, capturing the subtle flare and creative style allowed during WW2. American flag colors in variations of red, white and blues reflected patriotic support for our boys and girls in the war effort and were popular in clothing, hats and costume jewelry on the home front.This style was popular from the late 1930's through the mid 1940's.

This dress is a chameleon of color being quite a luminous cranberry red in the sunlight (as shown in the photo) and a much darker cranberry red inside under artificial light. The bodice is a very classic mid-1940's style with; pointed shirt collar neckline, short full cuffed sleeves that have 4 pleats at the top adding some extra shoulder width, a slightly full blouse-n style that ends at the natural waist, finely pin-tucked bodice front, pleats on the back, and tiny gathers at the front waistline

I had a bit of a surprise when I got this dress home and found that it's 3 cast silver floral buttons accented with blue rhinestones were on slides, so that they were removable and could be used on other outfits. Hard times can birth creativity with it's rationing and restrictions.The short sleeves have wide split cuffs accented by 2 hand-covered self cloth buttons.

The skirt has 5 panels that flow into 5 pleats in the front and 3 panels with 3 pleats in the back creating a flirty flare at the hem great for the exaggerated movement of swing dancing! The dress has the classic 1940's heavy metal side zipper, as well as the bodice buttons and snap at the collar.There are 2 belt loops, but no belt which is often the case for these 40's dresses where the belts were multi-purpose as well as the buttons! A satiny ribbon belt would look great!

LABEL There is a size 16 label, though this is vintage not modern sizing and another label with a name on it 'RounseFell', stapled into the dress seam (see photo 5).

CONDITION Excellent Missing Belt, 1 missing blue rhinestone that I can probably replace if you like, before I send it . 2 tiny pinholes and a tiny snag in the skirt front, all barely noticeable, So 40's, clean and ready to wear! Perfect for you luminous ladies who want to show off your 1940's costume jewelry brooches in vintage style. (va 0124)

shoulders 13"
bust 36"
waist 27"
hips 32 "
length 39 1/2"
sleeve length 10" arm hole circumference 18" cuff circumference 5 1/2"

Vintage 1940s Red Dress Classic 40's Day Dress Cranberry Rayon Pebble Crepe Jersey Removeable Buttons WW2 Patriotic Colors Petite


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: rayon pebble crepe jersey, cranberry red color, removeable cast silver buttons, blue rhinestone floral buttons, pleats, pintucked bodice, pleated short sleeves, hand covered fabric buttons, metal zipper, pleated short skirt, pointed collar, snap shirt collar, dance style skirt
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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  • Favorited by: 52 people