1950s Dusky Red Long Sleeve British Red Cross Nurse Uniform Dress with Voluntary Aid Badge, 40in Bust

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The perfect dress for the vintage uniform loving woman, or perhaps someone who partakes in vintage reenactment groups. Quite a rare piece, this 1950s British Red Cross nurses uniform is wonderful, because although utilitarian it is such a flattering dress. The quaint little pen pocket and the patch is the only details that give away its previous life; the small curved collar, the fitted bodice and the slight A-line skirt is so easy to wear. The red almost seems too bright to have been in a hospital, but in normal life it is a great colour for Autumn!

• Dusky red uniform - I imagine this was a brighter red at the time but has faded from the washing
• Small rounded fold over collar, quite high neckline
• Pen pocket to one side, V.A Detachment First Aid & Nursing badge sewn to the other
• Two large pockets to the hips
• Slight fitted design with A-line skirt
• Long sleeves with darts to the elbow for ease of movement and poppers to the cuff
• Made from mid-weight crisp cotton
• Fastens using buttons to the front - these are plastic Bristish Red Cross buttons with shanks and loops to the back - this allowed for the buttons to be removed and the garment to be boil washed
• Unlined with overlocked seams - work wear of older decades were often seamed in this was for longevity
• Size label and British Red Cross supply department at the back of the neck - Red Cross HQ is still at the Grosvenor address!

• There is a fade line and a line of old hem stitch holes where the skirt was previously taken up. There is also a little all over fading due to use, but this is not massively noticeable. The hoops at the back the buttons are a little rusty from previous storage but as these are original, I chose not to replace them.
• Care/composition: no labels

Bust: 40in (armpit to armpit doubled)
Waist: 30in
Hips: 42in
Length: 36in (with no extra hem) 
Sleeve length: 21.5in 
Shoulder to Shoulder: 14.5in 

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