From the vintage years of the 1930's, a evening gown, party or formal dress compelete with sweet cover up bolero ~ it is a lovely treat in sheer black rayon with printed white dotted swiss. So flattering, with narrow shoulder straps, low cut back, plus the way the skirt fabric is cut, and sewn, to form a V on both the front and back seams.
The top of the bodice is edged with white cotton pique. The full skirt seems to float from the lightness of the fabric, so to keep it weighted, a narrow band of horsehair trim has been added to the inside of the hem. It is just enough to enjoy the movement of the dress, yet giving the edge of the hem a stable, slightly ruffled look. Narrow long ties are attached on either side of the waist to help adjust the fit of the dress.
A full bias cut slip, in black rayon, lines the dress. It is attached completely to the bodice but hangs loose elsewhere. The dress slips over the head, with the only fastenings of 5 snaps at the back of the bodice. No snaps or opening on the slip.
The short sleeved bolero gives a totally feminine look to the outfit. It, too, is edged with white pique fabric. Top of sleeves are slightly gathered to give fullness. No fastenings. Note, too, the stripes of the dotted swiss fabric run horizontal, where on the dress, the stripes run vertically.
I found no holes or tears in neither the dress or slip. However, I may have missed something small. I did find one tiny hole in one of the sleeves of the bolero The white pique trim does have oxidation and yellowness. I have looked at the trim hoping it may be basted on but not. So it is "as found".
Measurement: no labels or size tag. Lenght of the dress from middle of shoulder straps to hem is 58" long. Bust: 28" around. 26" waist. Bolera is 14" across from one shoulder to the other, Sleeve length is 13" long. Bust is 32" around. 15" long center back from neck line to hem.
Beautiful outfit to admire or study.