During the BEST MOTHER'S DAY EVER, I managed to pick up this little number for $2.00 while at an antique mall with my daughter.
Vogue Special Design S-4821
I don't think I'd ever really wear this dress, but it is very very cool. From the description:
"Tucked Skirt with soft pleats at side fronts and side back, joins bodice at waist-line. Shaped collar, self fabric tie. Long fitted and very short sleeves. Hip pad optional."
It was the "hip pad optional" line that called to me. During the New Look period (1947 to 1957 for the Dior years) hip pads were often inserted into skirts to exaggerate the difference between hip and waist. (Sometimes a girdle/corset can use a little help.)
Here is how yoou would insert the hip pad into the dress: attached to an inner belt. I have installed an inner belt into a very full-skirted 50's dress to provide stability, but I have never attached anything to it before.
I wish this pattern had a better full on view, so I could see how the hips are exaggerated. Ah well.
Another thing I really like about this pattern is the instructions they give on possible alterations:
And for those who like it, here is the back of the envelope (clicking on any of the pictures will make them bigger):