Bust: measures 32.5” flat to fit approx. 32”
Ribcage: measures 27.5” flat
Waist: measures 26” flat to fit approx. 25”
Underarm to waist length: 8”
Waist to hem length: 20”
Extra fabric yardage: 81” long by 13” wide
This coppery orange and metallic gold, sari style silk, early 1960s party dress has a flirty full skirt and can be worn strapless or not, as you prefer! The fitted, boned bodice has two removable, pleated panels that hook onto the inside of the straight neckline. They can be worn tied in back, as shown, draped however you like, or completely removed to create a strapless dress cocktail dress, instead. The full skirt is gathered into the waist seam and is rather short for our tall mannequin—perhaps this was a petite or junior-sized dress, originally. The gold-threaded shantung silk fabric is fine and semi-sheer. The skirt is lined with orange cotton-blend fabric and the bodice is lined with another layer of the same silk. The dress fastens with a metal zipper in back. In very good condition, this vintage party dress had some weak spots in the fabric of the bodice at the edges of the underarms. It had been left clipped to s skirt hanger for many years, causing this damage to the delicate metallic threads. We have tried to stabilize the fabric, as shown in our close-up photos. However, the dress came to us with an extra section of the silk/metallic fabric (81” long by 13” wide) which we will include, and which could be used for repairs if need be in the future. This pretty 1950s party dress has no other issues and in fact appears never worn—or maybe once! Although it has no labels, it is quite nicely made, most likely by a skilled professional dressmaker, rather than an amateur home-sewer.