1950s Sambo Fashions Cotton Floral Print Dress With Full Skirt


This lovely 1950s cotton floral print dress is by collectable vintage brand "Sambo" fashions designed by Samuel Sherman and is of beautiful quality as well as in excellent vintage condition. Sambo designs were well known for their lively printed summer dresses and use of high quality cottons, for example Marchington Cottons and often likened to celebrated brand Horrockses. This charming piece showcases these attributes to perfection. The thick cotton fabric is printed with an abstract floral design in pretty pastel tones - pink and yellow flowers are scattered over a mottled pale blue and white design reminiscent of faded denim. The dress has a soft, feminine line with a wide scoop neck, short sleeves and princess seams on the bodice to define the bust and waist. The waistband is skillfully cut into a zig-zag line and is defined with a dainty piped seam before falling into a full ankle length skirt. The skirt fabric is wonderfully generous and has volume which could be further accentuated with a petticoat. There is a central zip fastening at the reverse. This delightful piece would be a striking contrast with bold coloured accessories. Would best suit a US size 6-8, UK size 10-12.

BUST - 35.5 in. (90.2 cm)
WAIST - 29.5 in. (75 cm)
HIP - 44 in (111.8 cm)
LENGTH - 42 in. (106.7 cm)
SLEEVE - 7 in. (17.8 cm)
SHOULDER - 16 in (40.7 cm)

Pickup available at CIRCA VINTAGE

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We are happy to find anything you may be interested in from our website - please let us know a week in advance. 

We also have an extensive offline collection. If you let us know your size, style, favourite colour to wear and perhaps your budget, we can browse through our archive in advance of your appointment. 

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Clients may wish to bring modern shapewear when trying on garments from certain eras, especially the 1950s. Vintage clothing was often worn with undergarments that shaped the waist and as such is tailored for them.

We have a huge variety of slip dresses and petticoats to complete your look; many of which are also for sale.

You may also wish to bring your favourite footwear. We often find a classic pair of nude shoes work well when trying on, or a pair in gold or silver.

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We offer some alterations in house. Should you need alterations we cannot provide, we can refer you to one of our tried and trusted tailors.

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We will advise you on the best way to clean and preserve your vintage pieces and can also recommend trusted local dry cleaners.

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