30s 'Ava' Tea Dress - Crocus
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30s 'Ava' Tea Dress - Crocus

The House of Foxy This 1930s tea dress has a most flattering cut and is influenced by the the late 30s dress styles worn from 1938 through into the 1940s wartime period. FOXY-1262

£135.00 5 1 read reviews

Another winning combination of top quality craftmanship combined with a plethora of 1930s features and topped of with a vintage style fabric that behaves as it should. Again - we have not held back on detail with this dress.

This is a most flattering cut and is influenced by the the late 1930s dress styles worn from 1938 through into the wartime period. This dress has been designed to be as faithful as possible to these styles.

Dress has a high back neckline which hugs the back of the neck but alllows the deep plunging cross over neckline to remain demure and not too revealing. Bodice of dress is based on an original vintage 1930s nightwear garment and as a result has authentic detailed gathers into the shoulder and top stitched. The cute cap sleeves hug the shoulder and create an elegant silhouette. Gathers under bust creates a flattering line into a slimming fit around the waist through the fitted waistband. With a sweeping 7-gore skirt to float you through any tea dance. 

Key Features Include:-
- plunge neckline
- top stitching on shirring at shoulder and waist
- sweeping 7-gore skirt
- side zip
- lined skirt

The fabrics is a mid weight 100% rayon (viscose) and as such gathers beautifully into yokes and under bust - is similar to the fabrics worn at this time. This dress in made in our seasonal 'crocus' print crepe - a reproduction 30s print - pistachio green background with deco style floral motif. Very Special!  Lining is a woven viscose.

Proudly made in the UK 

Fabric: 100% Viscose throughout
Washing instructions: dry clean only (we recommend dry cleaning due to the bias cut panels in the skirt & skirt lining which can become mis-shapen after washing and in particular line drying)
Length from natural waist: approx 25 inches

This dress is free fitting on hips due to the swing skirt. The bust area is fairly generous but will gape if the bust is too full. Waist band is fitted and for this reason, we strongly suggest that you select your size through the waist measurements and if unsure - opt for a size up.

Style suits most shapes.

Fabric has no stretch in it - so if you are between sizes - it would be advisable to select the size above.

Please refer to the table below as a size guide. 

Size bust waist hip
UK 8 33"
UK 10 35"
UK 12 37"
UK 14 39"
UK 16 41"
UK 18 43"


5 by

So pleased with this dress. I was a bit worried about the sizing asI have gained a lot of weight recently. I have it in a 16 in another print whihc fits me but is threatening to be too small soon. This one however fits perfectly. It may be a bit big in the bust but that's just me, i doubt it would be for most women. Another thing about these authentically styled dresses is you have to wra the right bra. It;s no good wearing a modern bra with a dress like this as it wont work as the bust is shaped to be where you bust would natually be. I usually go for the Grable dress and did not realise until recently just how flattering the Ava dress is. I avouded it for a long time not believing I would be able to get it on as it has a zip at the side and not at the back so you can't step into this type of dress however it has not been a problem even for me with my wide shoulders. i can't wait to get more Avas and hope \hof make lots more in lots of different prints and fabrics.

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