The material used for these dresses may appear too heavy and more suitable as a furnishing fabric.
It often was furnishing fabric.
Postwar Britain needed to concentrate textile production for export. The home market was kept waiting until 1953 before clothes rationing and control was finally lifted.
For the six war years followed by the eight austerity years the women of Britain had to endure clothes rationing and design control.
Most of these dresses would have been run-up at home from a paper pattern.
Above photo inscribed on reverse: August 1948