Late 1950s to Early 1960s Red Camellias Cotton Dress- NEW!

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Size: Small


Bust: 34 - 36 inches + 86 - 91 cm

Waist: 26 - 29 inches + 66 - 74 cm (Hard to measure as it is a wrap-around)

Hips: Open

Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 15 inches + 38 cm

Total Length from Outside Shoulder: 41 inches + 104 cm 

Hem Length: 1 inch + 2.5 cm

Seam Allowance: 0.5 inch + 1.25 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.



* Late 1950s to early 1960s commercially made dress

* Fabric design features bright red camellias with green leaves on a black background

* Classic silhouette with a defined waist and full skirt

* The dress is a wrap-around, pinafore-style dress

* Bodice is sleeveless with a jewel neckline

* Dress is completely open with only a button at the back neckline for closure

* Skirt is lightly gathered at waist

* Dress has contrasting red and green piping for belt

* Two set-in seam pockets

* Hand-sewn hem

* Label reads Swirl

The company, Nachman and Son, set up business in 1904 manufacturing women's clothing and by 1940 they were making a product called the 'Neat ‘N Tidy' - a pinafore apron. In 1944. the Swirl dress and label were born. Not really a housedress, it was actually a notch above providing a quick and easy way for a busy housewife to get dressed in a hurry for a trip to the market, or for unexpected visitors. As their slogan put it, Swirl was…”YOUR WRAP “N” TIE FASHION”. The novel concept quickly caught on, even appearing on characters in TV shows like "I Love Lucy". By 1955, the company was known exclusively as Swirl, Inc.

At the same time, the product line was expanded. Swirls were made in hundreds of different fabrics and were decorated with embroidery, applique, lace, piping, rick-rack, and various trims. The basic shape of the dress was always the same, with a bodice and sleeves cut in one piece and a full, usually gathered, skirt. They used a signature “Swirl” button at the back of the neck.

This continued through to the 1970s when the company moved on to other products including loungewear, nightwear and the Models Coat. I believe the company still produces these lines today. (Information courtesy of the Vintage Traveller and 


Excellent vintage condition.

No notable flaws that I can see.

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 will be highlighted.



Great example of the Swirl wrap-around dress with a fabulous print.

The listing is for the dress only and does not include any other accessories that may have been photographed with the item. 

This item has not been pinned to the dress form.


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