New silk map dress - or have we seen it before?

Another gorgeous find to add to my escape map dress collection.  This beautiful item was for sale in the gorgeous Catherine Smith Vintage shop in Harrogate and I was lucky enough to be able to buy it.

1944 map dress/housecoat

1944 map dress/housecoat

I hadn't seen it in person, but Cathy had sent me lots of photos, and today I went to see it in the shop.  It is as beautifully made as the photographs suggest - the attention to detail is incredible but there were a couple of things that puzzled me...

Close up of dress/housecoat

Close up of dress/housecoat

The 'dress' only has buttons 3/4 of the way down, so it would have been a little risque in the 1940s - and even today would show rather a lot of leg.  Also, it is lined in flannelette- a thick, almost fleece like fabric.  Hmm, this didn't seem to fit quite right with a day dress - much too warm but with short sleeves...

It wasn't until I got home that I started to realise that I might have seen the dress before.  I think it may be a housecoat made with this pattern advertised in a 1940s magazine...

Advert for housecoat made from silk escape maps.

Advert for housecoat made from silk escape maps.

What do you think?  I'm going to do more research and I'll post more details and photos soon.  The dress/housecoat is still on display at Catherine Smith Vintage in Harrogate for the next 2 weeks if you would like to see it.

It has also been filmed for 'Look North' our regional BBC news programme - more details of that soon!