Help Dating Dress - 30s? 40s?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by craftycat, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. craftycat

    craftycat Registered Guest


    I just picked up this dress at an estate sale and I'm having trouble placing its era. I have a general idea, but the style of the dress isn't something I'm familiar with. It's a knit that I believe is completely hand stitched. The zipper is metal (Talon) and the teeth are smaller than your average zipper. There are zero tags.

    I lost daylight, so the lighting is weird, but it's kind of a chocolate brown/maroon shade.

    Any thoughts or info is very appreciated!!

  2. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    It is hard to date as there's nothing standing out as a tell-tale period feature. I imagine it originally had a belt, although it might have been paired with a leather belt. I think this is early 50s as the sleeve is almost a raglan shape, which is typical of that era. Also the silver metal zipper is more typical after 1950,also the boucle wool.
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  3. bycinbyhand

    bycinbyhand Trade Member

  4. Sazz Vintage

    Sazz Vintage Registered Guest

    Early 50s seems correct to me as well. The zip, yarn, and bodice co struction definitely speak to post-WWII. You can find a lot of dolman sleeve knitting patterns starting in the late 40s.

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