Taffeta evening dress, 1930s
Diagonally placed seams and bias cuts, the hallmarks of 1930s design, were used to mold stiff fabrics to the body at a time when there was no spandex.
The high front waistline seam has a downward curve on the sides past the fitted hip level in back, where the seam drops to the flared back hem. The center-back skirt panel is bias cut. The dress can be worn or used for study and pattern making.
The large puffed sleeves have elastic cuffs. I love the bouquet of taffeta flowers at the neckline.
The condition is almost excellent. The dress is lightly soiled around the hem and has a tiny hole at the center-back waist. You can do something creative with a sash to cover the hole, ending up with a fabulous dress for a fraction of the usual cost.
It measures: 36" bust, 30" waist, 36" hip, 13" from the shoulder to the high waist, and 55" from shoulder to front hem.