This dress just brings to mind Doris Day for some reason.....I guess it's the All American style of this sweet evening dress from the 1960's! And, you usually see just one checkered pattern, but here you have two blending beautifully. The top of this dress is bold and bright with a traditional red and white check and the slightly full skirt is made from a larger checked pattern in the same two colors. The combination of the two different patterns takes this dress from the "ordinary" to the "unique"! The long sleeve bodice's front closure is buttoned with four faux Mother of Pearl buttons and a hook and eye closure at the waist which hides under a sewn together button hole which has no button. There are side darts at the bustline on each side of the bodice. On the back of the bodice at each shoulder there are tow darts. The vertical and horizontal check material of the blouse are sewn to the diagonal patterned check of the skirt......there is a little bit of a pleat effect around the waistline where the two meet. Again, to me, this is really what makes this dress so interesting.....these two patterns going in different directions and being placed in such close proximity! The cuffs are closed by two faux MOP buttons. I have photo'd this dress with the collar buttoned at the top and, then, with the collar open.....as you can see, it's looks nice either way! The material used in the dress is similar to a cotton voile material...there is no content label, so I am just using my own judgement on the material. The bodice of the dress is fully lined with a solid red material and the there is an underskirt which is full length made from the same red material. The sleeves are unlined. All seams are nicely finished. To complete this cute dress, there is a red patent leather belt which fits through two red thread loops on either side of the waistband. This dress will just make you smile......and, in retrospect, I guess that may be the reason it reminded me of Doris Day!
Condition: Very Good
On the right seam of the red underskirt there is an approximately 2 inch place in the seam where is has come unstitched. I had this dress professionally dry cleaned and I think this might have occurred during the process. I did not remember seeing this before and it can be repaired quite easily if the new owner desires to do so. If not, it cannot be seen unless someone pulls the skirt up and looks for this issue. The belt shows some signs of wear.....there is a little piece of the plastic that has come loose. It will not be noticed when the belt is fastened. There are several bends in the vinyl which are not noticeable from the front side, but when the belt is turned to the underside, they can be seen.
Label: Laundering care label is present, as well as a size label.
Sleeve (Shoulder to Wrist): 22"
Inner Sleeve: 16 ½"
Circumference of Wrist Opening with Buttons Fastened: 9"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 15"
Shoulder to Waist: 16 ½"
Waist to Bottom Hemline: 39"
Circumference of Outer Skirt Bottom Hemline: 87"
Circumference of Under Skirt Bottom Hemline: 57"
Length not including Buckle: 32"
This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America (CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG).