This adorable patio dress set from the 1940s includes a fantastic tiered prairie skirt with an enormous sweep of hem (more than a circle skirt when laid out) , and a squared neckline top that has extended cap sleeves and a side zipper closure.
Although designed to be worn together as a dress, the pieces can, of course, be worn separately. We particularly love the skirt paired with contemporary knit tops, or a loose peasant top.
The whimsical embroidered label says "Arizona Original" and "Tucson, Arizona"; it features a Kokopelli dancer (Native American) motif in the upper corner of the tag.
The two tone sky blue and white print all-cotton fabric has cute little folk art style designs including a rider on a horse and lots of pretty little vining, swirling, curling flowers.
This is labeled a (vintage) size 12, however the measurements translate to more of a contemporary size 6.
Up to 36" bust
5 and 3/4" from neck point to shoulder point (extended cap sleeve)
13" from underarm to hem (which is pinked)
36" around the hem of the top.
up to 25" waist.
the waistband is 1 and 3/4" wide.
the skirt is 17" long from the bottom of the waistband to the hem.
*The top has a zipper in the left side seam (metal, Talon); that zippered side seam opens at the bottom.
*There are 5 rows of embroidered ribbon trimming the squared neckline: three are made of a skinny ribbon with textured dots along it and two are ribbons of embroidered hearts.
*There are double darts in the front bodice (from the waist up) and side seam darts, as well. There are single princess darts in the back of the bodice, as well.
*The hems of the top and the skirt are pinked, not sewn.
*we are absolutely positive that there must have been another tier on this skirt originally; however, at some point, someone must have shortened it to adhere to (at that time) current fashion.
*There is very slight fading along the shoulders (barely visible, but want to be sure to disclose this) and also under the arms (which is not visible when worn).
We have included a few photos of the skirt worn with a crinoline to show the skirt's volume-ability.
These casual dress sets were often worn for outdoor entertaining (thus the term Patio dress) and to wear to summer events such as rodeos, parades and picnics. We think they're fun to wear to the farmer's market as well as to night clubs with toe-tappin' rockabilly bands, too, like VLV, or any of the cross country weekender festivals, like Nashville Boogie, Retro Fest and/or Rockabilly on The Route.
The price is for both the skirt and top together. The crinoline, belt, necklace, knit tank and white peasant top are not included.
We are a member of the VFG, the Vintage Fashion Guild.
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