This outfit was custom tailored in the mid-1960’s. Bell sleeves and easy fit. The fabric is a swirly paisley print in aqua tones and it includes the addition of a matching jacket to create an ensemble.
So many dresses in the ’50’s and ’60’s were made with matching jackets and even matching accessories. Though this is a fairly casual dress, it follows that lady-like trend and seems to teeter on the edge of the fashion divide between the rather prissy Fifties and early Sixties and the Mod and wild times just after. Looks like the dressmaker originally intended to make a sleeveless frock, then changed her mind. As it is, we’ve got a day dress that Twiggy would look just fab in, photographed on some 1965 magazine cover.
What a luxury to have your own dressmaker to custom-tailor your wardrobe! So many women did. Most neighborhoods in the city had a tailor’s shop where this kind of work was done. In towns and villages there was usually a woman nearby who did dressmaking in her own home. And, of course, many women were still doing their own home sewing then.
Maybe I’ll take the sleeves off some time and wear this dress with the jacket – but, no . . . . love the dress just as it is. I’ll check out the jacket with my selection of skirts . . . . . . . . . .
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY