Late 1940s Hand Embroidered Black Velvet Fitted Dress

This is really an amazing and strong styled late forties dress that I just love. It is made of a black cotton velvet so has mote of a matte feel and flatness to the pile then its silk counterparts. Over this it has an amazing hand embroidered design in white thread that covers every square inch. This gives it a wonderful graphic feel and depth. The cut is fitted and chic in that classic pin-up kind of way.  The skirt is long and lean and there are really strong almost squared off pockets that sit in a curve around each hip. This emphasizes the waist. The bodice has an unusual detail - there is a panel of fabric just under the bust so you get the illusion that you are wearing a cropped bolero over the dress but it is all built in. The neckline is wide and scooped and pretty little cap sleeves are the perfect finish. The lucky girl who gets this will be very pleased indeed as it is better in person then how it has photoed. Excellent condition.

Unlined and closes with a back metal zipper. You can clearly see the embroidery work from the back. There are a couple of tiny darkened areas to the embroidery here and there - I photoed one for you to see but they are extremely minimal and really do not detract in any way. Pockets on each hip.

Bust: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 46" from natural neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# D570

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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