Exquisite 1940s Rose and Gingham Print Silk Springtime Gown with Ruched Sleeves


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      I'm truly delighted to offer up this glorious 1940s dress. I admit I really thought I might find a designer tag in it - I was definitely thinking Hattie Carnegie - but it seems to be a homemade piece! The neckline is wide and deep. It meets the sleeves, which are decadently shirred for a ruched effect, stopping just before the bend of the arm. The skirt is exceptionally full, over 250" around the hem. I imagine this making an incredible wedding gown, or slaying everyone as it moved with the breeze at a summer party. It's fully lined with acetate, enhancing the drape of the piece, and letting the wind move the piece without fear of being exposed. This gown closes on the side with a sturdy metal zipper.


      Bust: 36"
      Waist: 25"
      Hips: 60" (measured lining, skirt is fuller)
      Length: 51"
      Sleeve width above elbow: 10"  -this is taken approximately 6.5" from the underarm
      Skirt sweep: 270"

      Label: None Present
      Material: Silk, acetate lining 
      Condition: Good plus, as is

      This dress is clean and is ready to wear. It has minor flaws, not truly notable unless you are looking for them. I have very carefully hand washed this beauty, largely to treat two areas of water staining. Both are much improved. The most notable is an area from the hem to base of the zipper by the left side seam, where it looks like water was absorbed up from the floor. There's a few inches that are still darker by the hem, but most of it is just a pale yellowing with water line. The other was a series of water lines to the left front hem, now is it a 6x6 area with subtle yellowing. You have to inspect the hem inch by inch to find it, and both areas are hidden by the generous folds of the skirt.  I have interfaced two tiny, small than 1/2" cut by the hem as well.  The underarms have some mild yellowing.  I find no other issues to note!

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