Oh my, a beautiful wedding dress worn by Arlene Jennings on her wedding day in 1940. The gorgeous gown is made of machine Alencon lace. It has a wonderful soft feel to the lace, therefore, I believe is is a blend of a silk or rayon with cotton. The gown and satin slip also appear to have been made by a dressmaker ~ not a store bought dress.
The skirt is a gore style with high waist. Skirt, which drapes beautifully, consist of eight panels, with the back ending in a train. The bodice is slightly gathered attaching to a full ruffle at the front of the neck line. The ruffled neck line attaches with one snap (on either side) as it crosses the shoulder. Long fitted sleeves with three darts at the elbow to ease movement. The edge of the sleeve fastens with a snap. Slightly padded shoulders. Side opening fastens close with snaps. Color is a soft shade of light ivory.
Measurements: Length at the front is 61" long. 14-1/2" across from shoulder to shoulder. 32" bust, 24 waist. 32" hip. 25" sleeve length from shoulder to wrist. Center back to hem of train is 81" long.
Condition: Some slight under arm staining. I did find some flaws in the lace. There are four straight vertical tears, all on the middle to lower back to just under the arm hole. The longest tear is 1-1/4" long to less than 1/2". I also found one on the back at hem. Again, a short vertical tear. I believe with a little patience and an expert with a needle, all could be mended successfully.
THE SATIN UNDERSLIP
The slip is made of slipper satin of a medium fabric with just enough weight to drape beautifully. It is fitted through the upper part of the torso, and just enough fullness at the lower portion, to showcase the lace gown. It is a ivory color that blends very well with the dress. Side opening closing with hooks and eyes. The straps are a rayon attached to the slip. One strap needs a few stitches to reattach as it is partially loose from the fabric. Very minor.
Measurements" 51-1/2" long from the middle of the shoulder strap to the hem. It is 59" long in the back. 28-1/2" bust.
Condition is good with some soiling along the bottom of hem.
Arlene Jennings married her sweetheart, Clark Lester Boatrigth, September 1940.
The bridal gown / slip will be shipped by FedEx.