Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A very happy Yellow 1920's Dress

From the seller:

Antique vtg 1920s gold printed silk dress flapper, boned skirt, S

Lovely summer flapper! It is made of gold colored silk that at the time was called ‘paper taffeta’ because its look and feel recalls that of parchment paper.
Sunken waistline.
Tiers of fringe with handkerchief hemlines.
Two light semi-circular bones with ties are inserted at the second seam (see photos # 4, 5 and 6 ). The bones are located below the hip line. Ties allow variation in the width of the skirt. On the bone:’…feather bone trade mark”. The bones are really light and soft. Unlike the underskirt, they give the dress full but airy, slender and slightly sheer look. The skirt is lined with fine yellow cotton.

Shirring on the bodice sides (photo # 12).
Snap closure on the side.

Condition: very good. The dress has a period under side seam repair above the snap closure. The seam area is lined inside with the strip of another fabric (see photos #8 and 9 ). The strip is attached with hand and machine stitching. Less than 1/4” of another fabric is peaking at the seam, hardly noticeable.This area is stable and strong. The fabric has a few tiny pinholes (photos # 13 and 14 ). Three faint stripes on the back (photo # 15).

The silk is strong and durable. The dress is wearable and absolutely delightful.

Flat measurements :

Length- 38”, Bodice - 18”
Underarm to underarm in front - 18”
Waist - 32” (round)

From Me:

Yes, let's wear a dress that is almost a century old and see how long it lasts! *headdesk*

This dress has a lot of amazing features in it. The boning in the skirt is unusual - panniers came back in vogue for 1920's evening gowns. The darts are wonderful. The fabric is amazing and cheery. It really belongs in a museum and not on a hanger.

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