This custom-tailored dress is really special for several reasons. The style and color are not unusual – a shaped sheath with back metal zipper in a lovely olive (not as grayish as the photo seems). BUT, the fabric (probably a rayon or blend) has interesting slubs and visible weave throughout. The most fascinating part, though is the cummerbund . . . . . .
it is not a machine-made trim that came from a sewing store. The treatment at the waist is completely hand-crocheted in fine thread and then was attached to the dress, probably while the person worked. It’s backed with cheesecloth to protect the attachment. Very carefully done – no wonder it has lasted so long.
One of the most fun aspects of my sleuthing is the original and astounding details found in many of the garments and accessories that I uncover. Love delightful surprises!
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY