Printed silk day dress, late 1920s
The delightful floral print used in the dress has a fresh innocence that I find irresistible. What accounts for this? Is it the improbable purple binding around the edges or the layers of flirty ruffles? Here is an endearing charm that will win all hearts!
The dress is fashioned from pale green silk crepe de chine printed with a disarming design of plaid lines and flowers. The sleeveless torso is straight to the hipline, where it breaks to overlapping rows of bias-cut ruffles. The large cape collar (tying in front) forms faux sleeves. The dress closes on the side with small hooks.
The bodice front insert is of embroidered organdy backed with silk chiffon. The insert, which has darkened with age, can be soaked to take it back to the original, lighter color. Just make sure to remove the insert from the dress before soaking. Washing the dress may cause the print to bleed.
The condition is almost excellent. The underarms have faint discoloration. I do not consider this a problem because it does not show under the cape collar.
It measures: 38" bust, 30" waist, 38" hip, and 50" from shoulder to hem.