An insanely beautiful and rare 1940s two-piece cotton patio gown by American fashion designer Louella Ballerino. This gem is a peasant style kelly green blouse and skirt set with square neckline, ruffle sleeves, and layers of ruffles on skirt accompanied by woven cotton trim. Material is a crisp medium-weight cotton with little stretch. The skirt has a half back zipper, clasp, and button. The top is button back with clasps. All fixtures and seams are in working order and garment is structurally sound for everyday wear.
Please note that the green color of the garment is best represented in photos 7 and 8.
Measurements of garment, allow space for fit. Taken flat, doubled for circumference Shown on a size 4 dress form Some photos were taken with a crinoline underneath
Modern Size Estimate: Small, 4
Top Length: 21” shoulder to hem Sleeve: 8.5” Bust: 34” Waist: 29.75” Hips: 34” Shoulder: open
Skirt Waist: 26” Hips: 38” Length: 33” Swing: 86”
Label: Louella Ballerino, California Fabric: Cotton Condition: A stunning collectors piece! Small flaws include: initials written on label, minor rust spots, faint water marks, slight yellowing to white trim, and pinpoint small holes from where pleat stitches were removed on blouse. This garment has not yet been laundered and shows much promise to remedy most of the flaws listed above. The hem on the blouse is raw with a few spots of missing stitching.