Antique or Vintage 1920s hand crocheted black heavily fringed Art Deco evening tabard or over dress
A bit of a rarity, this original 1920s heavily fringed hand crocheted evening dress, in inky black silky rayon yarn with stepped Art Deco design. I’ve shown it both ways, as I think it’s probably designed with v front but you could easily wear it backwards for v back which I quite like.
Three quarter slightly flared sleeves with tassels. I’ve only had a handful of these dresses in the last twenty years (tops seemed to be a more common project for 20s ladies, as I’ve had relatively more of those?) and what I love about them is just how sturdy and wearable they are. The long skirt tassels are amazing, very silky!
Laid out flat the top/dress measures:
approx 38” bust and then pretty much straight down
approx 23" from back neckline to bottom of crochet top
Skirt section approx 30" down from waist, to bottom of tassels
Length from nape to hem approx 53"
There is some give in the weave, so sizing is approximate - plus some selvedge (as mentioned below) in the hip area so could be enlarged slightly if desired.
It is shown unclipped on a modern UK 8 approx with a little roominess, and that works well. Bear in mind no closures, so slips on over the head.
Immediately wearable (with care of course, given its age), it’s very good.
There are a couple of tiny areas which have been neatly mended but they are very hard to see due to the crochet pattern, and don’t really show up in the photos. I believe it has been taken in to fit the maker once made up as part of the original construction, as original thread has been used at side seams - but there are a couple of extra tassels internally on the selvedges.
Tassels are generally smooth and tangle free as very silky - sleeve fringe is a little more ruffled at the ends, but still neat.
Please note, I will always combine postage where possible and refund any overages over £1. Please ask if you’re unsure.
Postage to the US has increased recently so apologies for the high price! I send everything tracked, and will send your reference once your order has been posted - along with any refunds owed.