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Hollywood 1987; ca. 1940; "ONE-PIECE DRESS. One-piece basque dress in instep length or shorter. The wide skirt concentrates its fullness at the sides and joins the basque in a shaped line. Deep inset yoke with flat shaped collar or a deep V-neckline. With inset bands and bertha. Very short puffed sleeves.
Featuring Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind." A Selznick International Picture. Produced by David O. Selznick. A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Release."
In an effort to find this lovely dress in the movie, I watched it again (something which I didn't mind in the least). I also examined movie stills of various gowns and dresses from GWTW. This pattern is very close to the dress Scarlett wore at Melanie's house when Ashley was brought home wounded. In the film, Scarlett's dress has long sleeves and a lace collar. She also has lace at the shoulder where the pattern shows short flutter sleeves over cap style sleeves. The V neck and the basque bodice are almost the same. The pattern's dresses close with a back zipper. The film is historically accurate - Scarlett's bodice buttons in front. Zippers were not invented until 1899.
It was only in the past year that I learned this pattern existed. It must be quite rare, perhaps more rare than Hollywood 1988, the green-sprigged dress which I sold in 2014 or Hollywood 1989, the white dress from the film's opening, which I sold in 2016. I had never seen a reference to or picture of Hollywood 1987 until recently.
The movie debuted in Atlanta in December, 1939, and the patterns were released in 1940, according to my research. The pieces are PLAIN tissue paper, not printed. This pattern was used. All pieces are present as are the directions.
The envelope is tanning with age. Corners rough, particularly top left. Both sides of the seams are open near the top. Pattern is intact. I am leaving the tissue pieces out of the envelope to prevent further damage to it. The pattern will be shipped in an acid free, archival quality polypropylene sleeve with backing board. You should keep it stored in that to prevent further aging. Insurance and tracking services will be included in the shipping cost.
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