Very cute and perfect for Valentines, vintage handmade costume / theatrical dress. Not sure what this pieces history is, but very cute. Black cotton with large red textured love heart appliques, to huge ones to the front and back of the bust and smaller ones in a border pattern to the hem. Fitted bodice with cute ruffled wing sleeves to the shoulders. Nipped in waistline and flippy full skater skirt. Side metal zipper fastener. As it is a handmade piece, it is hard to date, I was thinking 50s or 60s at first, but it is entirely possible that it was made later with vintage materials, and as the bodice has been altered, it is also possible the zipper is a replacement. There is no overlocking inside, some seams like hem and underarms are finished with handstitches.
Dress is pictured with a petticoat which is not included in the sale.
The dress is not labeled with a size but fits approx like a Small. For your best fit please refer to the measurements.
Shoulder to waist: 15.5"
(There is a 1" hem on this)
Good wearable condition with signs of wear and alterations:
-Faint signs the side seams of the bodice have been let out at some point and construction throughout is slightly handmade in nature, with some handsewing.
-The hearts show a bit of wear, specially the heart to the back of the dress which has some small stitches to the dip at the neckline and a small patch of discolouration/abrasion, see photos. Some small loose threads and popped stitches to some of the smaller hearts.
-Small scuff/darn by the side of the zipper at the waist and a few smaller scuffs in the cotton of the skirt.