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Vintage 1920s Dress Black Crepe Blue Silk--AS IS

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Although this darling of a 1920s dress has some beauty marks (please read condition notes carefully before purchase), it is still a real charmer!! It reminds me of something sweet faced Helen Kane or Clara Bow would have worn in college co-ed comedies of the 20s. Main body of this long sleeved day dress is made of what I think is a black crepe de chine, while the sweet bluebird blue cuffs and large pointed peter-pan collars look and feel like they are made of silk. Rows of braiding sewn along rectangular margins of decorative button accented panel on bodice and around two panels of pleating on the skirt front. I love how the dropped waist is accentuated with sewn on "belt" panel, giving the dress the look of a blouse-skirt set, when really it is obviously a single garment! Only closures on the dress are metal snaps at wrist cuffs. Inner bodice is lined with a muslin type fabric. All in all, just a sweet flapper frock!!!

Approximate Measurements of garment (in inches):
Bust: to 41
Waist (natural): to 41
Hips/dropped waist: 39-40
Length: 43 (top of dropped waist "belt" starts at 23" from shoulder)
Shoulder seam to shoulder seam: just under 15.5"
*Remember that the 20s silhouette is meant to be loose in the bust and natural waist and then a little closer to hips just at dropped waist; dress should therefore fall with relative ease over wearer's measurements. Dress shown on 35.5-26.5-36 mannequin and I think it looked great. Conversely, I'm a 37-30-40 and it fit me, too.

Condition notes: On the whole, despite a repair line near the elbow area on the back of one sleeve, the main body of this dress seems to be in remarkably solid and intact condition! The main things keeping this dress from being mint are: 1) a dark stain spot on left collar (see last image), as well as some other shadows of watermarking/discoloration/stain outlines and small holes & pinholes on collars as well. The stains didn't lift despite the fact that I handwashed and line dried the garment; 2) there is slight fading along shoulder lines of the blue collars (no such fading visible on black dress); front blue silk panel also seems paler/more faded than collars. 3) it looks like someone "harvested" a buckle or other detail that used to sit at the centre of the "belt" at the dropped waist. They removed it (or a segment of the fabric?) by cutting a gap into the "belt" and then they left the edges of the surrounding area raw (see fourth image). 4) the glass buttons look like they might have once had paint or pigment to them. Now they are a pail white with dark grey stripes (still pretty, but maybe not as decorative as they once were when the dress was first made almost 90 years ago?!). All in all, I do think this dress has a lot of charm and wear left; it just needs the right person to come along and revamp or replace the collars & missing buckle/"belt" segment. Otherwise, seems like a great dress for use as a costume? Garment is sold AS IS, and is a final sale with no refunds, exchanges or in-shop credit, etc, so please ask all questions and request any extra photos BEFORE purchase. Thank you!! ***Final note: both when I handwashed the garment and when I steamed it for the photos, the fabric of the dress seemed to emit a strong mothball smell--this dissipated once the garment dried. In the 20s, some vintage garments were treated for moth resistance that reactivated when garment got wet (1920s bathing suits, for example), so this is likely what that is. Garment is freshly laundered now, so no need to clean it!

Vintage 1920s Dress Black Crepe Blue Silk--AS IS