This adorable day dress by Nelly Don is made of the most fabulous novelty woven cotton in white and harvest oat-seed yellow ~ it creates an almost seersucker look stripe, with bands of jacquard woven to resemble an abstracted floral embroidery.
This fabric has been manipulated within the design beautifully, used in the mitered corners of the collar points, and as faux welt pockets on each high hip.
This is a classic shirt waist dress that buttons up the front; it has a hook and eye at the waistline for extra strength. The buttons are wonderful yellow moon-glow MOP shanks that blend perfectly with the fabric coloration.
This also has the under collar extra button, so if the wearer wants to incorporate the button-up trend, and add a string of pearls under the collar (ala June Cleaver), that could easily be done, as well.
5 3/8" neck point to shoulder point
11" cuffed sleeve hem
17.5" from center back of the neck to waistline
42.5" from center back of the neck to hem.
The back bodice has waist line darts, while the front bodice has side seam darts, with two tucks at the waistline to add fullness for the bust-line.
The skirt is designed in the same way, with darts at the back, and soft tucks in the front. There is a kick pleat in the back to allow for easier walking.
The longer waistline and the front tucks indicate this is probably designed to be worn a bit "bloused" at the bodice; this looks particularly nice with a belt for accent at the waist.
As you can see, we've styled this with a white belt (which is not included); this would be pretty with a contrasting color, as well.
This straighter silhouette indicates a late 1960s date (Mad Men era); these day dresses are so comfortable and flattering, I can understand why my Mom wore them with such pleasure!
This is freshly laundered and ready to wear ~ the only thing of mention would be that it appears the side seams at the waist were adjusted at one time as there is secured hand-stitching on each side, and the bias seam tape for waistline strength is open at each side, as well. It is perfectly sturdy, we just like to point out anything that doesn't appear to be original to the garment.
Great dress, perfect for transitional seasons, pretty with a Donna Reed type sweater for shopping, too!
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Item ID: DR-217
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