Bust: 39” flat, to fit approx. 36-38”
Natural waist (1.5” above waist seam): 28.5” flat, to fit approx. 27”
Hip: 44” flat, to fit approx. 41” or smaller, somewhat loosely
Length: 44” from shoulder to hem in front; 44” from back of neck to hem
Underarm to waist seam length: 9.5” (dropped slightly)
Sleeve length: 25”
Shoulder to shoulder: 15”
This 1930s dress in black rayon liquid satin is a great example of an early LBD. Dresses like this one were especially popular during the Great Depression, when a simple-but-elegant cocktail dress that could be easily accessorized to change up its look would have been extra welcome to the many ladies who had to make do with fewer dresses in their wardrobe. The slinky, shiny black fabric is crepe-backed black rayon "liquid" satin. Other details include: a capelet-style, draped collar, U-shaped neckline, and a slightly dropped waist seam above gathers at the front of the skirt on each side. It is unlined. The sleeves are a bit tapered at the wrist, and are quite long (draping a bit at the wrist, as shown), with multiple tiny darts at each elbow, and a single snap closing the small slit at each wrist. The skirt appears to have been hemmed up to multiple different lengths, possibly to keep up with fashionable styles, as hemlines rose and fell. It now has a quite deep, nearly 7" hem--with marks to show that previous hems were 3.5" and 5.5". It has narrow, metal side seam zipper. In good, completely wearable condition, this authentic vintage, 1930s cocktail dress has one small mend at the front of the skirt (see photo). Also, the sleeve hem tape (seen from inside only) and the lower edges of the sleeve hems are faded from true black to a purplish color (see photo). The satin fabric is sturdy and held up to drycleaning quite well—pretty impressive for a dress that around 90 years old!