A clipping from the January 1949 Women's Home Companion magazine spotlights a softly graceful dress with a full gathered skirt and a softly gathered bodice, joined with a snug midriff.
And here is the pattern I found it in, Junior Vogue 3272 from 1949. And what an excellent match! Surplice bodice softly gathered to curved midriff, short French sleeves, and full gathered skirt in tea length. Lovely - agreed? :D