1930s. Ankle-length opera or evening coat of black silk velvet with dolman sleeves and a wide, stand-up collar. « less
The coat has a slim silhouette and closes at the collar with a loop and a large velvet-covered button, overlapping from right to left by 12.7 cm / 5 in. The only other point of closure is a waist-level tie, sewn to the right interior side seam, which threads through a loop on the edge of the left front panel and secures the coat closely to the body. The black silk velvet of the coat is loosely draped over the foundation provided by a fitted cream rayon charmeuse lining, to which it is attached only at the edges. This lining is made with three full-length pieces: two front panels and one back panel, sewn together at the shoulders and with 114.3 cm / 45 in. long side seams. There are no shaping darts, but the sleeves are fitted; the scyes are cut close to the underarm. At the bustline, the back panel is 44.5 cm / 17.5 in. wide and the front panels are 34.3 cm / 13.5 in. wide (including the fabric needed for the overlap).
The velvet has a more complex construction. There are two full-length front panels, each with a 11.4 cm / 4.5 in. long vertical dart from the shoulder seam to control fabric width. The back of the coat has an upper and a lower panel joined by a waist seam, which allows the fabric in the skirt to remain narrow while the upper back is voluminous, gathered to the seam and draping over it and into the coat’s dolman sleeves. In the lining the sleeves are fitted to the entire arm and have a 35.6 cm / 14 in. circumference scye, but in the velvet they are fitted only along the forearm; the velvet is cut with a deep 87.6 cm / 34.5 in. scye reaching from the shoulder to the waist, and five-sided godets are added for even more fullness above the elbow. Machine-sewn and hand-sewn.