I always, always love a colorblock, but this example is really something special. Ordered from Europe, it's a piece that was homemade, probably during the war era, possibly from reclaimed materials. The black tests as weighted silk, which is uncommon in 40s textiles. The skirt is made of gores that have a sawtooth shape at the hem, and also along the top of the hips. Four tabs at the front of the skirt and two on each sleeve are secured with killer 30s art deco buttons. The tissue crinkle crepe of the bodice is also fantastically deco, with a print of circles and triangles in black and white on royal blue. This dress was made without closures, and must be pulled on over the head. Be sure to allow ease for getting dressed.
Bust: up to 47" (measures 21" across the back, front is fuller)
Length: 48" (to tip of points)
Label: None Present, homemade
Material: Weighted silk, silk/rayon blend
Condition: Good, as is
This charming dress is clean and ready to wear. The bodice has scattered spots and yellowing in lines along the creases - while it doesn't stand out, it didn't come out with dry cleaning and I didn't want to wash the dress in water due to the weighted silk. The bodice has two little thin spots with stitches nearby right above the waistline - I assume that this used to have snaps for a belt. Will be completely covered if worn belted. The flaws are notable upon examination, but subtle when worn. Dress has been priced with imperfections in mind.