The late 1960s brought to fashion the divinely romantic styles inspired by the film, Romeo and Juliet that was released in 1968. This beautiful paisley print maxi dress from the 60s has a raised waist, but not quite totally Empire and a scooped neckline both front and back. The bodice is fitted with seams on each side front and back. The skirt is full and gathered at the raised waist. The sleeves are long and slightly full and just a bit puffy, but not balloon style. There’s a fitted wide band at the bottom of each sleeve that closes with three metal snaps. The printed organza is not silk, but instead a synthetic material possibly rayon and it’s absolutely stunning. Modestly sheer it has a wonderful refractive quality giving the print more light and dimension. The paisley print seems to be slightly raised because of this. And, the colors are lovely…..Dresden Blue, Emerald Green, Red, Gray and Gold. The flowers resemble Lotus blossoms. The skirt and bodice have a very pale Blue Gray rayon crepe lining, but the billowing sheer sleeves are left unlined. There’s a light blue plastic zipper at the back of the dress that’s nicely hidden by material and a metal hook and eye at the top of the zipper. Most inner seams are pinked but there are some seams that do have some raw edges especially in the sleeves. The final detail on this marvelous 60s vintage maxi dress is the exquisite Gold Metallic braid that trims the scooped neckline and extends down the front of the bodice. The braid also goes around the armhole seam.
P. S. Although I've called this a Maxi Dress, it actually will probably be more of a ballerina length dress.
The outside material on this dress is in “Very Good” Condition but I have decided to use the “Good Condition” rating for this dress instead. The lining in the bodice has some fading and some slight soiling issues to note. There’s a spot of soiling in the middle of the lining material at the front neckline. The fading is primarily around the armholes and it’s all around even at the top. It really doesn’t appear to be perspiration staining but is in the area that type of staining would have occurred. The rayon material has just faded and slightly discolored in that area of the lining. There is just a very little bit of soiling at the bottom hemline on the inner skirt lining. These issues do not show up well in the photos of the inside of the dress, but I do believe you can see some of these faded areas. Again, the outside of this dress looks great! At the inside shoulders I believe there were originally little threads and snaps to hold the dress to a hanger. They are gone but for very small remnants of the thread that are left. And, I believe this dress originally had some type of sash belt as there are small remnants of thread loops on each side of the waist area. My guess is that the previous owner didn’t like belts or could have lost it and just decided to wear it without one and in this case, this dress looks perfectly fine without a belt. You could always find a pretty long silk scarf in a solid matching color and use it as a belt if you so desire.
No maker’s label present but there is a small paper tag in the back skirt seam that reads: Order 3672, Style 789, Size 12, Remarks
Size: Size 12
This dress is definitely NOT a Size 12, but instead by today’s standards closer to Size 8. Please refer to the Measurements given below to ensure a proper fit.
Waist (at the actual waist seam and not natural waist): 30”
Hip Area ( I have actually measured the inner skirt lining as the outer layer of printed material is more full): 42”
Shoulder to Shoulder: 15”
Outer Sleeve to Bottom of Cuff Opening: 24”
Inner Sleeve to Bottom of Cuff Opening: 18”
Circumference of Cuff Opening: 8”
Shoulder to Waist Seam: 14 ½”
Waist to Bottom Hemline: 35 ½”
Total Circumference of Inner Skirt Lining: 58”
Total Circumference of Outer Printed Material Skirt: 99”
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