From the collection of a vintage clothing enthusiast who's downsizing, this adorable dress is of seasonless heavy cotton in a sophisticated blue-gray color. It's loaded with interesting seam detail and sparkling hardware.
Starting from the top, there are buttoned-down epaulets on the shoulders, a tab and ring closure for creating a high neck if desired, billowing gored raglan sleeves that narrow to tab and ring closures at the wrists, a long blouson bodice with seamed shaping and three buttons and a little straight skirt to adjust above the hips with more tabs and rings. The shiny silver buttons are about an inch round and the rings range from 1 inch to more than 2 inches tall.
This dress is meant to be very roomy, so most measurements aren't crucial. Obviously there's no waist at all. Bust is 46 inches, hips are about 40 and the one real point of fit -- the inset belt at hipbone level -- is 35 inches (with tabs to make it more snug if you like). Outer length of sleeves is 21.5 inches and total length from back collar to hem is about 41 inches. The label has been removed, so we can't determine maker or size. The former owner believes it's a 5 or 7.
The dress can be laundered -- no need to dry-clean -- and it's in very nice vintage condition. High magnification is required to notice slight surface wear to the metal. I believe there were once shoulder pads that got away; the ones with it now are a lighter blue. (Dress was photographed without pads.)
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