Size: XS to S
Bust: measures 35” flat, to fit approx. 34”
Waist: measures 32” flat; designed to fit loosely
Hip: measures 37” flat to fit approx. 34 to 35” (remember—1930s ladies wore girdles!)
Length: 44” from shoulder to hem in front
Sleeve length: 22”
Shoulder to shoulder: 13.5”
This bias-cut black panné velvet 1930s cocktail or evening dress has the most amazing “slashed” sleeves. (Slashed sleeves were popular in clothing of the 15th and 16th centuries, and involved small cuts or slashes in the outer sleeve fabric, to reveal a contrasting color lining or under-layer.) Here, the multiple openings in the full upper sleeves reveal the pinkish-ivory satin lining (used in upper sleeves only—the rest of the dress is unlined). The puffed, full upper sleeves narrow to a fitted shape from elbow to wrist, where they are fastened with small snaps. The dress also features a deep V-neckline embellished with an appliqué of pink and white beading. The front of the waist has two small horizontal tucks for shaping. Below the waist, the skirt is slightly flared from a seam just above the knees to the hem, with a peplum that curves upward at center front and longer on each side, falling into soft folds. Each side of the peplum narrows into a wide sash or band at the back of the dress that may have been buckled or pinned at the back. Something may be missing from the dress that was once used to secure it, since there is some damage to the ivory satin lining at the ends of the sash/peplum (see photo). We have shown it loose, and tied like a sash, but the new owner may discover the best way to wear it. The peplum ends cannot be permanently sewn down, since one of them crosses over the left side opening of the dress, which is fastened with snaps. This slinky black velvet 1930s cocktail dress is in good, totally wearable condition. The rayon velvet is sturdy for its age, and the beaded trim is intact. However, the satin lining of the sleeves and sash has some damage (see photos), and the front skirt hem has several tiny iron-on patches, seen only from the back side. It has been priced accordingly—still a fabulous circa mid-1930s evening dress!