This delightfully feminine frock is called the "Darla". Based on an original dress from 1945, the Darla reflects the design trends of the period in many ways. The exploration of the use of ruching, which is a quintessential design element of the time, seems to be the intention of the original designer. While there was some re-interpretation of the original design, you will still find multiple rows of ruching at shoulder front and lower bodice. The sleeves are unique in that the center of the sleeve has seven rows of ruching set into a "V" shaped slit near the hem.
The sleeve is gathered at the cap. This treatment keeps a smooth line at the lower half of the sleeve and creates a soft billowy shape at the top. The seven-gore skirt is set below the bust line in a peak between the breasts. This design element was very popular during this period and is quite flattering as the skirt lays smoothly from rib to hip while the bodice creates fullness only at the bust line. The Darla is stitched in white cotton broadcloth with teal and red dots.
White cotton broadcloth with teal and red dots:
Machine wash in cold water and tumble dry low heat or dry clean.