Dating from the late 1930s into the early 1940s, this vintage WWII-era chocolate brown rayon crepe dress features a draped surplice bodice over gently flaring skirt, and embellished faux chest “pocket”.
The bodice accent, cut and pieced to suggest two overlapping, inverted triangles, is decorated in a stylized foliate pattern with gold braid and sequins, and sections of milk glass seed beads.
The dress’s shoulders are gently puffed over small, crescent shaped pads, and the uncuffed, full sleeves are elbow length. In addition to the side metal zipper, there are 7 fabric loops and buttons in back to ease entry.
The skirt is gored, with three large panels in front and six 1” panels between two large ones in back. It looks as though the hem was fully let out at some point, as there is no allowance at all; just a ribbon binding to finish the bottom edge of the dress.
No labels; the dress appears to be home sewn. The semi-sheer fabric burn tests as rayon.
Measurements are: Bust 38”, shoulders 15”, waist 31”, hips 36”, sleeves 19.5”, shoulder seam to waist 16”, waist to hem 27”, and center back to hem 43.5”.
Very good/excellent condition, with the only issue three very faint ¼” spots of colorfade, eight inches down from the waist in front (see photo #7)
Proud Member of the VFG Vintage Fashion Guild