Incredibly Vibrant Original 1940s 40s Vintage Emerald Green Soutache Dress
This amazing dress was made in the 1940s from beautifully vibrant, emerald green wool crepe. It was cut in the classic hourglass silhouette of the period with padded shoulders and a nipped waist. The collarless neckline further emphasises the strong shoulders and four fabulous fabric covered buttons fasten the dress at the bust. Beautiful soutache decoration adorned the sides of the bust, running from the shoulders to just above the waist. Small pleats gather the dress in at the waist and the cinched silhouette is further enhanced by the original fabric belt. The dress fastens with an original metal zipper at the side and there are no maker’s labels present.
Waist: 29” (tight 30”)
The dress is in very good condition, however there is some slight bobbling to the underarm fabric as well as a tiny mark, a small nibble to the placket and a minuscule thread pull as pictured. The shoulder pads are likely later replacements of the originals but work well with the silhouette of the dress.
This garment is available to purchase with or without dress shields. These clever little contraptions have been made by our seamstress to an original 1940s pattern and can be simply attached to your garment by tack stitching at the corners of the underarm seam, pinning (we wouldn’t recommend that, it hurts if it goes wrong, so if you try this, it is at your own risk only) or inserting tiny poppers. They then stand ready to absorb any sweat and body odours as needed and you can simply detach and launder them instead of your garment, saving you a fortune in dry cleaning bills.
They are equally suitable for suits, blazers and dresses and come in two different options:
1. Pure cream cotton for your heavier weight dresses, blazers and suits
2. White cotton muslin for lightweight summer dresses (so they don’t show through the fabric)
They are universally sized and super easy to use even for a sewing novice as only a couple of tiny stitches are required at each side to secure them.
We sell Dress Shields as a standalone item or at a discount if you purchase them with a garment. We will select the appropriate type to match the garment you have purchased.