Cutest 1940s Fruit of the Loom Silky Rayon Floral Print Lingerie Dress
The Fruit of the Loom company has existed since 1851 and during the early part of the 20th century they produced some lovely lingerie pieces like this one. These don't pop up very often and I think this is one of the prettiest I have ever seen.
This is a lovely piece of vintage lingerie. If you were to try to buy new lingerie at this same level of construction it would be at an insane price if you could even find anyone doing this still. The gown is made out of a peach coloured silky rayon that is very feminine in feel. It is also opaque so you could wear this out as a dress if you wished. It has classic thirties / forties bias cut lines to it and this makes the dress have incredible movement and drape over the body. I love the floral print that covers it surface. The top is as pretty as it can be. It has little capped sleeves and is slit down the front with a ribbon tie at the neck and the cutest little round collar. The waist nips in and I love how the seam there comes up a little at the front. The skirt flares out under that and is also entirely cut on the bias. It is in amazing condition for its age and looks to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition with a minor note below.
Unlined and slips on to wear. The waist has no opening so you have to be able to get the waist past your shoulders to get it on. That said, it would be fairly easy to open a side seam and add snaps so that it is easier to get into. Hand finished throughout and a truly amazing example of the work done for lingerie during this time period. The fabric is cut on the bias so will come up a bit in length once on an actual body. Some minor scuffs and dents in the fabric here and there consistent with this type of fabric and its age. The bias cut will allow it to work on a variety of sizes as it drapes to fit
Bust: 17-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 16-23 flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 43" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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