Vintage late 1930s dress in a gorgeous milk chocolate wool. The soft woven wool is given exceptional dimension with piping trapunto radiating from the basque waist. This piece is pretty on the hanger, but something else again on the body - impeccably sharp on the bodice, focusing on your shape, and is accented with subtle details. The collar is covered in applique and ruffled. The same applique frames the cloth covered buttons. Below the buttons is a bow, although, I suspect this was moved from a matching coat or something - I don't feel it "fits" there. The sleeves are three quarter length and cuffed. Closes with a very pretty "WiCo" 30s metal zipper on the side.
Label: Fashions by Leroy
This dress is clean and ready to wear. There are about nine moth chews scattered along the hem that have been darned or carefully patched with self-fabric - these don't stand out. There is a subtle lightness at each underarm. The satiny appliques have aged with time and likely prior cleanings, but remain sturdy. The tag is quite yellowed, but dry cleaning did not improve it.
I do think that this originally had a redingote or other sort of matching piece. There's a self-fabric belt that's too large for the waist of this piece, and the bow is almost certainly added. I find nothing else to note!