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Lounging gown or dress, late 30s or early 40s? Seersucker?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by Vintagetrend, May 8, 2004.

  1. Vintagetrend

    Vintagetrend Registered Guest

    Hey everyone, been back from my trip for a few weeks now and ready to ask questions! This piece is rather yummy but I am having problems with a few things. I looked up the fabric and I believe it is seersucker, a dimpled kind of cotton? Although I could not find a history of seersucker and am wondering if it was called something different in the 40s? Which leads me to my next question; this is early 1940s right? I looked up in my books and this seems to be a lounging gown? It has a zipper up the front BUT I know I have seen old movies with the young lady of the house strolling in the garden in the early afternoon smelling roses ect ect... I seem to remember reading about long zippers used in dresses in the early 1940s? I think this is the quintessential chabby chic... anyway if I got a tad wordy here it is in a nutshell
    Wondering if seersucker had a different name in the 40s?
    Do you agree it is early 40s?
    Would this have been worn as a dress or a lounging gown?
    Who would have worn this?

    Thanks SOOOOOO much everyone! I did some research and am still a bit stuck!


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  2. alonesolo

    alonesolo Guest

    Absolutely gorgeous Looks like plisse . And that was used back then I have had slips in this fabric and a dressing gown from the 40's

    I think if you list it the person who buys it will probably plan on wearing this outside the house.
  3. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    It looks 1939ish to me with those large puffy sleeves. Seersucker is sriped, with one stripe plain and the next puckered, I can't tell whether your material is striped or not, but it was popular for summer breakfast gowns. THis looks like the sort of thing you would wear to the breakfast table but not out of doors, a fancy dressing gown of sorts.
  4. bartondoll

    bartondoll Guest

    Michelle, this is so pretty! Agree with Pauline, not
    seersucker but plisse.

    Looking forward to seeing what else you got on your trip!

  5. Vintagetrend

    Vintagetrend Registered Guest

    Ahhhhhhh OK Jonathan, I know exactly what you are talking about. Would have been nice if my reference book had mentioned the striped effect!! Plisse sounds SO much nicer then seersucker anyway!
    I was also thinking that no matter what it is that the lucky winner would probebly wear it outside the house as well. I am really thinking of keeping this... not sure. NO I HAVE to put it up tonight!
    Sue, the trip was a bust, the pre-sale I went down for was cancelled the day I got there so I had to scramble like a mad woman to find places to buy inventory SIGH..
    But that is ok, such is life! I did get some cute vintage things but nothing outragously fabulous!

    Thanks for your replys everyone!
    Much appreciated
  6. fuzzylizzie

    fuzzylizzie Alumni

    Hi Michelle,
    How lovely!

    It's got to be late 30s, early 40s pre-war. Cutting the fabric like that to accent the design was too wasteful during the War. How is the design on the skirt achieved? Cut and sewn or ??

    I like the red accent along the zipper and the sleeves. Snappy! Nice having you back, but I'm sorry about the trip not going as planned.

  7. bigchief

    bigchief Alumni

    Hi Michelle -

    Welcome back! So good to 'see' you, as always. Gorgeous floral plisse dressing gown ~ wish I could do accent marks with this keyboard now more than ever, what with plisse, ombre, etc.!


  8. alonesolo

    alonesolo Guest

    è é ê Just use the Alt key then at the same time 0232 0233 0234

    Don't know which one you want the first or the second. ( threw the third in there for fun)

    Sorry Michelle didn't mean to hijack!!!

    Let us know when you list it. This should soar!

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