Meet Nightshade, is a stunning and truly beautiful rich dark blue 1940s zip front dress, which very possibly was worn as a winter evening coat. She is lined in a crepe, probably made from rayon. This is a true rarity and it is so rare I find anything pre-1960s for Pansy. It was so hard to truly capture her beauty due her fabric, but honestly she is pure magic. She has a dagger collar with a zip which runs down her front, but doesn't open fully, two patch pockets at her chest, a nipped in waist and stunning shaped sleeves. Her velvet is soft, thick and plush and in surprisingly good condition for being 80 odd years old. Nightshade would look gorgeous teamed with a belt and could be styled up or down, she is a true rarity, not many of these velvet dresses can be found, and she is absolutely one of a kind. I hope she heads to an amazing home to carry on her life!
This girl would work on UK sizes 12 small 14 best, could work on a UK 10 also.
Bust - up to 40"
Waist - 32"
Length - 54"
For reference our mannequin, Norma, measures to a UK 6.
The Nightshade has been steamed and can be worn, but due to her age, washing is not recommended at all. Dry clean if you have to, or spot clean if really needed. She is in good vintage condition for her age, she has a few minor signs of wear.
ALL vintage velvet comes with small signs of wear to the pile of the fabric. This is part of the charm.
This beauty has minimal signs of vintage wear, but please bear in mind that our pieces are true vintage, they’ve been danced in and they have been lived in, so all of our garments will carry your usual signs of vintage wear. Anything that we think is outside of what would class as usual vintage wear, we will state.
Here at Pansy we know vintage sizes are very different from modern sizes, and we pride ourselves on offering accurate measurements with approximate modern UK sizing to ensure a your Pansy purchases will be a good fit.
Although we do offer approx modern sizing it is also very helpful if you know your own measurements. If you are unsure of these, an easy way of estimating them is measuring one of your own garments, that fits well, laid flat. Measure in inches, across from pit to pit, flat across the waist and double both of these measurements. Our length measurements are mostly taken from the highest point of the shoulder to the hem.
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