Original 1930s 30s Vintage Black Velvet Femme Fatale Dress
This fabulous dress was made in the 1930s from luxuriously soft velvet. It features gorgeous gathering around the neckline which makes the fabric fall in flattering gently draped pleats around the bust. The shoulders are puffed with small shoulder pads to enhance the shape and the small rounded collar looks great turned up for extra femme fatale drama. The dress has no openings but the waist has been elasticated at the front at some point to make it easier to slide over the head.
The dress is in good condition, however there are a number of pinholes and depressions to the velvet as pictured. There is also a larger area near the hem, where the fabric appears to have gotten wet and is less soft to the touch, this does however get lost in the folds of the dress when worn. There are also a few seam pops and repairs and a hole to the underarm as pictured.
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.