Sweet Disorder Vintage

1940s Bombshell Balloon Sleeve Midi Dress

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Knockout 1940s midi dress in inky black rayon crepe. The silhouette is everything with strong padded shoulders, dramatic balloon sleeves, a nipped waist and narrow skirt. Sexy keyhole neckline and classic 40s 'backwards' collar. The skirt is swagged over the hips for extra hourglass oomph, and finishes with a fishtail at the back for even more drama. The drape of the skirt cleverly creates a narrow look, but there's enough fabric for freedom of movement. I adore the killer drama of this dress, she's such a showstopper. Best of all the clever construction allows you to move comfortably without sacrificing any of the seduction. Perfection!

Flat Measurements

Shoulders 17"

Chest 17-19"

Waist 13-14"

Hip 19-20" max

Length 45" Length shoulder to waist 15"

Armscye 9"

There is gentle stretch available as you can see in the measurements. Will fit sizes XS-M. Shown unpinned on a size XS mannequin.

Label: None present

Material: Rayon crepe

This 1940s knockout is in very good condition. There are a few tiny hidden mends, and one a little larger at the hem of the skirt on one side (see photo).  Presents flawlessly. The metal back zipper works perfectly. Clean, inky black and ready to wear. This killer queen is over 70 years old and truly stunning.

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size xs small medium large xl
bust 32-34 34-36 36-38 38-40 40-42
waist 22-24 24-26 26-28 28-30 30-32
hips 32-34 34-36 36-38 38-40 40-42


The flat measurements in the product description are the actual measurements of the garment when laid flat. Double the chest, waist and hip measurements for an idea of fit. Please remember to allow a little "space" in a garment beyond your body measurements for ease and a good fit.

If you are uncertain about fit you can measure a similar garment you own that fits you well and compare the measurements with the product. You can use the image below as a guide.


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