German Orange/Brown Dress - Buttons in the Back
(B-38" W-32" H-39")
This is a lovely 1930s handmade cotton / rayon blend summer weight dress in good condition.
Bust - 38"
Waist - 32"
Hips - 39"
Length - 44"
During the 1930s, the woman who made this was a seamstress who worked from her house and her husband was a traveling salesman. After the war, the area of Germany she lived in became East Germany and, under communism, she was not allowed to continue working from home. She packed away all of her remaining inventory in the attic and she and her husband went to work in a factory. Some of the dresses were still folded up from when they were originally put away. These dresses have been untouched since they were lovingly put into storage after the war. They may never have even been worn!
The dress is a very breathable lightweight fabric. It is made of (what appears to be) a cotton / rayon blend. It has an orange and brown flower print with wood buttons up the back. There are slight variations on the buttons; some are painted and some have a raised design on them - Sorry, no choice!
The dress has a little bit of extra material at the shoulders, sewn in such a way to make shoulders fill out (this is a typical German pattern, slightly mimicking traditional clothing which was a very popular style of the time). The collar area has a nice design sewn in and the waist area has pleat-like designs sewn in. The dress has a matching belt that ties around. There is a side opening, but no closures.
The dress is new old stock and in overall good condition. We have a few available and some have slight issues. There may be a spot where the fabric has frayed slightly (imperfection in the fabric). There may be a light blue spots that seem to be what she was using a a marking tool (the same blue dots were on a different dress to mark where a pocket was sewn on). They may have a very tiny hole as well. There may be some light fading. See photographs for examples. None of the flaws detract too much from the dress; it is still very wearable as-is. It may still have some of the fold lines from storage.
We have more dresses made by the same woman available here (including this style dress - with the same flower print - in blue and green).