1910s-1920s Clothing

Flapper 1920s dress black silk chiffon | M

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Size: M
**Please compare the flat measurements given to a garment that fits you loosely. This dress must be pulled (gently) over the head and shoulders and has no openings, so it needs to be a loose fit!**
Bust: measures 42” flat (to fit approx. 38” to 40” loosely)
Dropped waist seam/high hip: measures 41” flat
Hip: measures 46” flat (to fit approx. 40” to 42” loosely)
Length: 41” from shoulder to hem, in front
Underarm to dropped waist seam length: 12”
Sleeve: 21” long; measures 11.5” laid flat and doubled, at bicep
Shoulder to shoulder: 14”
Label: none

This black silk chiffon 1920s dress has a crinkled texture to the light-as-air, sheer fabric. A cocktail to evening LBD for a circa 1929 flapper, this elegant frock is just about knee length, with a tiered skirt and a hip yoke below the dropped waist seam. The wide portrait collar drapes over the shoulders and ties in a low V-shape in front, over a sheer under-layer with a round neckline. The bracelet-length sleeves are a single layer of sheer black chiffon, while the under-layer at the top section of the bodice is lined with “flesh-toned”, beige chiffon (perhaps slightly yellowed from age--making it appear darker than the unlined sleeves, against the bright white “skin” of our mannequin). The only openings or fastenings to the dress are tiny snaps at each wrist. Otherwise, the dress pulls over the head (carefully—of course!). The lower section of the bodice and the tiered skirt are lined with somewhat less sheer, black silk fabric. You will still need a slip underneath, however, since this lining is fairly see-through. Also, there are a few places where the silk of the lining is worn, making it even more sheer. Where the edge of the lower skirt tier of crinkled chiffon meets the plain silk lining, the seam has been weakened/pulled (see close-up photo), making a light “stripe” in the skirt—this will be much less visible over a dark slip, and could also be removed entirely by reinforcing or re-stitching these seams. The wear to the lining silk and the pulled skirt lining seam are the only issues with this authentic flapper era dress, circa late 1920s. It is in very good condition, wearable with reasonable care.  

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