I’ll have to start at the beginning – – – the fabric was the thing which caught my eye and when I saw the old label and buttons, I decided to pick it up so that I could investigate further. Boy, was I surprised!
First, was an examination of the garment. This child’s dress was cut down from an adult’s or juvenile’s shirt by someone who REALLY knew how to sew. The little handmade tag in the neckline says Tilly Rose. I can imagine someone making this for a child who went off to care or nursery school when I.D. labels in their clothing was important.
Next, the label – a brand name that was completely unknown to me . . . . . . . . . . Tootal clothing was a company started in Britain in the 1700’s. (Look it up on Wikipedia). It’s gone through an evolution over the years (centuries!) and is still an iconic part of British heritage fashion. One thing that they pioneered in the early mid-century was wrinkle-resistant fabric innovations. The material in this little toddler’s dress is definitely one of their discoveries, trademarked as “fixaform” permanent press. How cool is that?
I love, love, love the stories that true vintage fashion and accessories have to tell, and especially ones that are as rich and detailed as this one. I stepped into true vintage history with another garment today, also. Tale to tell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY