This dress was made during the war years when the maker couldn't buy fabric so she sewed together pieces of lace that she did have.
It was worn over a pink satin slip to dances when the owner was about 17 years old.
I love the buttons on the back,
and the small shoulder pads.
My friend Jenny was asked to repair the dress and they sent her the lace that was used to make the dress back in the 1940's, so I assume it was purchased sometime before 1939.
That lace is in pristine condition. No wonder she has hung onto the dress, it must have been a labour of love.