A few months ago I was given this beautiful vintage dress by my mother-in-law. She bought it several years ago, but having only ever wore it once, decided she’d like to pass it onto me! I’d love to be able to give her a little more information on what period the dress hails from, and date it as accurately as I can. I wonder if any WeSewRetro readers can help?
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. 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.
I know there are many, many bloggers out there who are very knowledgeable about such things, and I’d love to hear your thoughts.
There are a few more details and pictures on my blog, Handmade Jane. Thank you so much in advance! x