The Dress That Didn’t Fit!

There’s nothing better than coming across that one really special piece of vintage clothing, especially when it doesn’t cost the earth. In the summer I picked up an absolutely beautiful 1940s crepe dress at a car boot sale. It was in very good condition and it was only £10!


I was so happy to have found it, apart from a replacement zip it was near perfect. It was definitely in need of a good clean as it was a bit dusty and smelly. Cleaning crepe is no easy matter however I was perfectly happy to get it professionally cleaned.


Now for the sad bit, when I got it home it was to big! Not just a little too big, at least a whole size too big. I often go shopping with a tape measure to check things will fit, but didn’t this time. I’m usually not too fussed if things don’t fit as it’s easy enough to sell them on, but I was really disappointed this time!


As the dress is in such good original condition I don’t feel it would be right to get it altered, the original construction of so fantastic that I think it would ruin the dress to make any changes. So sadly I will be getting the dress cleaned and finding it a new home.



I really wanted to do an outfit post with this dress so I kind of did a fake one. I took a picture of me wearing it and used my (not very good) photoshop skills to put me on this 1940s train platform which I photographed last year!

I quite like my fake picture, and I will be on the look out for another 40s gem to take some real pictures with!

Here’s the label from the dress…



  1. emmalaw September 25, 2013 / 1:08 pm

    Oh, I feel your pain! It’s always when you find exactly what you’ve been looking for isn’t it.

  2. Shybiker September 25, 2013 / 2:22 pm

    I’m sorry! And, believe me, this is a situation I know too well. My odd body-shape makes many pretty items not fit me. I hope the dress finds a new home and that you aren’t too disappointed by the experience. Love your fake photo.

  3. catwalkcreative September 27, 2013 / 5:09 am

    Eeek! I’d be very tempted to keep the dress, even if it is one size too big. She’s a beauty! 🙂

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