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I constructed this dress from 4 yards of semi-sheer black chiffon that I crinkled myself for a slightly distressed look. The beige lace yolk was hand-cut by me and carefully sewn on the the bodice of the dress. There are tiny pin tucks at the front bodice to add more texture and flare. I've hand sewn on jet appliques for straps that have been carefully hand-reinforced to new lace to hold their shape. The bottom hem is asymmetrically cut so that it's shorter on the sides and longer in the front and back. Can be worn with or without the sequin belt that I'm including with the dress. The jet belt was hand-made from a strip of jet removed from an old flapper dress. I've hand sewn the textile strip to a backing of stiff black canvas for support, then I've attached a long chiffon tie to each end so that the belt can be tied into a sash at the back. The belt can also be worn separately with other dresses or as a flapper-style headband.

For the more daring, you could definitely get away with just wearing simple lingerie underneath. For a classy cocktail dress, wear a simple black slip dress underneath.

Due to the babydoll fit of this dress and the adjustable sash, it will fit a range of sizes from Small-Large. The upper yolk of the dress measures about 37" around and then flares out into a full circle at the bottom of the dress hem. From the shoulder to bottom hem, at the longest point the dress measures 46".

Will fit a size Small-medium best.

Shipping is via USPS priority mail with insurance for US customers. international customers your package with be shipped USPS non-insured first class. if you need insurance please ask and I will invoice you separately or update the shipping costs in this listing.

Terms: (note: images are copyright Louise Black Designs 2000-2012 and may not be used for any purpose without permission). We accept Paypal only. We accept "confirmed address" paypal payments only, from US customers. We will make certain exceptions for International customers, but please email before you place your order. No personal checks. Insurance is included in the US shipping costs (Intl. customers, please inquire if you need insurance. Shipping is at your own risk if you do not purchase insurance), but I am not liable for postal mess ups (lost, stolen, packages, etc).

International buyers: Most of you that regularly buy from out-of-country are familiar with the occasional customs fee, but there are still those to whom this is a surprise. Please know that this is always a possibility when ordering from outside your country. Feel free to ask questions prior to purchasing

The Black Dahlia Chemise Dress by Louise Black with matching Jet Belt or Headband


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: chiffon, jet, beading
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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