A few months ago I was given this beautiful vintage dress by my mother-in-law. She bought it from a vintage shop several years ago but having only ever wore it once, decided she'd like to pass it onto somebody who would appreciate it. Me, me, me!!
It fits me perfectly, but the dress and my figure are probably not the best pairing. I'm too curvy and I think the style would look best on somebody taller, flatter and a bit more gamine. Nevertheless, it's a wonderful period garment that I'm very happy to have in my wardrobe and get out to play with from time to time. I'd also love to give my mother-in-law a little more information on what period the dress hails from, and date it as accurately as I can. This is where I need your help, lovely readers!
My guesstimate would be that this is a 1930's piece. Perhaps earlier rather than later in the decade as there's definitely a hint of flapper style about it. I also feel very strongly that this dress would have been worn with a hat as was typical then. If anybody who has knowledge of clothing from that period can shed any light, I'd be SO grateful. Or indeed if you have anything at all to say on when you think the dress might originate from, please chip in, I may be completely wrong so I'd be really interested to hear your thoughts.
Here are a few tailoring details:
The dress is totally handmade, from what appears to be plum coloured silk crepe with dark green lace inset details. There's an impressive amount of hand finishing too.
It has two kick pleats to the front and back and a dropped waist.
The neckline is low, with a ruffle detail and shoulder tucks.
It has what I think is called a dicky i.e. a detachable triangle of fabric that fits across a low neckline to preserve one's modesty!
The sleeves are slightly puffed with a cuffed edge and lace inserts to add volume.
It's just below knee length on me (I'm 5' 2").
There's a lovely shaped detail to the skirt, which is mirrored on the back bodice yoke.
This is what made me think it was reminiscent of 1930's styles as my 1930's blouse has a V-shaped yoke.
But when I re-examined it more closely, the V on my blouse was pointing down rather than up like the dress. Anybody know if this is significant?
So, lots of nice period details, I just need to work out exactly what period we're talking about. What do you think? I know there are many, many bloggers out there who are very knowledgeable about such things, and I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thank you so much in advance! x