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40s Pink Print Rayon Dress with Scalloped Front by Mode O'Day XL/Plus Size

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Dating from the 1940s by my estimate, this dress is sweet for spring in pink rayon with a teal green and purple paisley-like print. The dress has a typically 1940s cut, not too fitted, and with a gracefully flaring skirt. There are gathers falling from the front shoulder yoke and small pleats into the waist in back. The skirt has four front pleats stitched down for six inches (to the hip). The front opening is scalloped (both the sides with the buttons and the side with the buttonholes), and there are three white plastic buttons. The dress is not lined.

Condition: Very good. I found a small amount of staining at the inner back of the neckline and fading and wear under the arms (see the last square for photos of these issues). There is very slight pulling on one of the stitched-down pleats at the very bottom of the stitching. I believe the waist may have been expertly altered but it isn't easy to say what was done...maybe opening darts or gathers that go into the waist from the front bodice? The hem is expertly hand sewn, so it may not be at the original length.

Size: XL to plus size, in the US size 18 to 1X range by my estimate.

Upper hip, where the pleats end-44"
Hip at 8" below the waist-46"
Back of neck to waist-15.75"
Waist to hem-27"
Shoulder to shoulder-16.25"

Please note: I measure the dimension of the item itself, and you will need to consider what size you would want the item to be to fit well on you.

40s Pink Print Rayon Dress with Scalloped Front by Mode O'Day XL/Plus Size


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Material: rayon
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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