This deadstock, late 1960s or early 1970s halter-neck sundress maxi has a spectacular novelty border print of groovy ladies with giant, square beehive hairdos—some of them even have flowers for eyes! The colorful red-orange fabric also features wavy horizontal stripes with what look a bit like eyes peeking out of them—adding to the wacky vibe of the print! This novelty print fabric is a crisp, lightweight polyester cotton blend, as is the plain black fabric used for the halter top bodice attached at the elastic, slightly high waist of the skirt section in front. In back, the bodice is not attached to the skirt, leaving the part of the back above the elastic waist bare. It ties closed, making it somewhat adjustable in size. The halter neck strap has 2 buttons, to adjust its length slightly. The front of the bodice is shaped by vertical bust darts and it is lined with a second layer of black fabric with elastic under the bust. The rest of the dress is unlined. Its only fastenings are the 2 buttons at the halter, and the ties for the bodice in back. The print fabric of the skirt has a seam at the left side only, to avoid interrupting the print twice. This fun and fabulous, late 60s-70s vintage border novelty print maxi dress is in excellent to mint condition, appearing unworn, still crisp with its original fabric finish. Some interesting info about Crantex Fabrics, the textile company who created the print fabric, one of the oldest textile weaving and printing mills in the US, can be found in this article.
Size: XS-S (smallest at bust)
Bust: 34” flat with ends tied as shown, to fit approx. 30-35”
Waist: 26” flat, and unstretched, stretching easily up to 30”
Hip: 42” flat, to fit up to 39” max. with loose fit
Length: 54” from back of neck to hem
Underarm to high waist: 6”
Label: none (possibly home sewn) but textile manufacturer’s name at fabric selvedge "Crantex Fabrics"