Late 1950s to Early 1960s Blue Floral Cotton Dress- New!

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$290.00 AUD
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SKU #1628


Size: Small

Bust: 36 - 37 inches + 91 - 94 cm

Under Bust: 36 inches + 91 cm

Waist: 27 - 28 inches + 69 - 71 cm

Hips: Free

Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

Total Length from Outside Shoulder:  38 inches + 97 cm 

Hem Length: None

Zipper Length: None

Seam Allowance: 1 inch + 2.5 cm (per side)

Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.



* Gorgeous 1950s white cotton background commercially made dress

* Fabric design features a floral design in various shades of blue, lilac and green

* Classic silhouette with a cinched waist and full skirt

* Bodice with peaked collar and shirtmaker front

* Long sleeves with cuffs

* Pearlised buttons fasten front opening and cuffs

* Full skirt with knife pleats and white cotton underskirt for fullness

* Unlined, raw seams and machined hem

*Gathered back with loops for self-belt to thread through

* Label reads California Cottons

California Cottons
Very little information is available on the history of this label. Research indicates that the label probably originated in the United States but was heavily marketed within in the United Kingdom. During the 1950s and1960s however, the manufacturing was done exclusively in Britain, with the actual design work outsourced to the United States. The clothing from this label is very eye-catching and beautifully detailed - to the extent where California Cottons matches the quality and styling of Horrockses Fashions. While its history may be a little vague, its collectability is not. The label is highly prized today. (Thanks to Liz at Advantage in Vintage)




No notable flaws that I can see. The dress has been shortened at some stage of its life.

Please note that these are vintage items that have been used and loved over the years, As such, they may display slight evidence of their age. Any notable flaws above and beyond this will be highlighted here.



Absolutely lovely dress with amazing detail - especially the back construction. The cotton fabric is of high quality. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.


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We now offer an alternate express delivery service via DHL for those of you who want your packages more expediently. This option is currently delivering packages within a seven-day timeframe from collection.

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Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)

Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.

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