This off the shoulder top is my favorite. Knit in 3 pieces the shoulder piece is called the Bertha and is knit in the round. I wanted this shape to use for the shoulders of a cotton shift rather than the knit top pieces. The pattern is in the Women's section as is a cute popcorn bolero.
Since needle sizes have changed over time the V&A also offers a needle size conversion chart at the bottom of the 1940's pattern page