Some pieces of clothing really present a sense of sweet happiness. This dress conveys that feeling. The detailed floral embroidery. The perfectly gathered waist. The dainty black lace on the bodice and back. The softness of the sophisticated olive green silk velvet. It all says HAPPY to me. And how the model captures it!
Probably from the early teens to 20’s, this dress has qualities of both innocence and daring. The floral embroidery that adorns the skirt is very feminine. The whispy lace of the bodice and back dares to flirt.
With no zipper, the dress was meant to slip on a small frame. Flat, it measures 14″ across the shoulders and 36″ across the bust and waist. It is 43″ long from shoulder to hemline. The model is a perfectly slender for this dress.
This dress is 100 years old and certainly does not look it! There are only a few flaws with the dress. The biggest one is the tearing of the lining behind the lace hem. (detail picture). This is due to aging. It would need to be replaced or simply removed. The lace has two spots that would need to be tacked. Under one armhole (pic) and on one point of the hem (pic). There is a stain on the seat of the back of the dress which I would say is minor as the grain of the velvet makes it barely noticeable.
The label reads: Mearick’s Dayton, OHIO. Mearick was a major department store in the downtown of Dayton, OHIO. This may have been a debutante dress which testifies to its sweetness.
Needs a little TLC. But so worth it! Very good condition.