Vintage 1940s Black Rayon Dress with Keyhole Back, Smocking and Coffin Pleats

Beautiful vintage black rayon dress from the 1940s. This dress is as amazing in front as in back. There is a Peter pan collar, with smocking underneath that nd again at the waist, and then coffin pleating in between. Beautiful wide fitted waist then a loose pleated skirt. Short sleeves with more pleats in them. Then in back is a fun keyhole opening underneath the metal zipper at the back of the neck. You could stitch that up if you wanted, and indeed it may have been originally. But I like it so much as is so I left it. There is more pleating here in back as well. And to top it all off, this darling little loose buckled half belt! Small to medium size, I'd say. No label.

Excellent vintage condition! No holes or tears. There is some color fade in places and a pinhead sized dot of light grey on the skirt and a couple pinholes. And some of the thread embellishment at the waist in front is loosening, but not badly. The most noticeable is some wear to the half belt. The fabric is wearing away from the buckle and some of the other side has several loose threads. You can see these in the photos of the back. Nothing that threatens it structurally at all.

Measurements when lying flat, Doubled at bust, waist, and hip
There is some stretch to this fabric.
Armpit to armpit across bust: 41"
Waist: 30"
Hips: free
Shoulder to waist ( where the half belt is): approx. 16"
Shoulder to bottom hem: 41"

Please note: These are vintage, preworn and/or preloved items. I do my utmost best to list any issues, but signs of wear should be expected, and there are occasionally small things I won't deem worthy of note. Please feel free to send me a missive with any questions. I'm truly happy to help in any way possible and I'm always up for a chat. Any accessories shown, including crinolines, are for display only, not included unless otherwise stated.


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