Of all the dresses we have ever handled, this (for what it’s worth) is one of our absolute favourites – so we pull down the 21” zipper in the back to see who made it . . . and nothing. Well, not literally nothing, because there’s a label saying to machine wash it in cold water, above which is a smaller one with 14 on it. That would be a vintage US Miss 14, the equivalent of today’s US 8. A deep cream (possibly pausing at biscuit en route to beige) polyester with dark chocolate highlights. It has the collar and cuffs of a shirtwaister but it doesn’t have a waist until we tried adding a brown fake leather belt. It looks so good, so essential, we’re including it. Up at the top are those lapels either side of the V-neck, a 5/8” width of grosgrain providing all the counterpoint that’s needed. The back of the collar, being split down the middle by the zipper, has a couple of (fiddly) hook-and-eyes to do up – and a friend would come in handy here. From the collar to the hemline is 40 inches or so of what is more or less a shift: 38” bust; 36” waist; 42” hips. Gloves, à la Sixties era, and possibly a hat would have been the norm although neither would be expected today unless you are reenacting something from recent history. What our illustrations offer is something close to a recommended serving. In a neutral setting, not that we preferred fog after all our careful preparations.