A rockabilly Bye-Bye-Birdie Playboy hot weather classic – the short short babydoll nightie. I’ve come across a few of these during my investigations, but rarely with the original panties! The green is more or less unusual, too, and goes perfectly with Stella’s new auburn hairdo.
Although “babydoll” nighties started out in the 1940’s when many fashion hemlines skyrocketed because of the shortage of fabrics, the earlier ones did not tend to be as short as they became during the Kennedy era. Many 1950’s babydoll nightgowns were just above the knee – shorter than the skirt and dress hemlines popular then, but hardly short by today’s standards.
As always, though, it has pretty lace and ruffle trim and has held up like crazy over more than 50 years! It’s always new for the Magicvintagespy – I wonder what will be next . . . . .
Despite the gradually-cooling temps, I’m ready for the BBQ – maybe not the volleyball or badminton game. This gown was custom-tailored of a beautiful fabric (look at those colors to die for!) Though synthetics are often not the most desirable material, that’s one thing that most have going for them – the way they take and hang on to colors.
Probably polyester, but it’s got an uncommon finish that feels almost like moleskin and a nice drape. This is a perfect outfit for the iconic American entertaining genre – the Patio Party, inaugurated in the early 1960’s along with the basement party room with built-in bar. Pretty soon, the days of the chic living-room cocktail party were over – replaced by the Cha-Cha party downstairs and the Patio Party & cook-out in the back yard.
Save those LBD’s for dinner dates. It’s easier to do the Twist and the Limbo in shorts, capris or a long, loose skirt, not to mention a bikini – but I’m not exactly sure where the Pool Party got started. Probably Hollywood, or Miami, or . . . . .
Although I much prefer Hawaiian garb from the 1940’s and 1950’s, I sometimes will pick up things from the ’60’s, and ’70’s, too. The fabric used was still very nice and the tailoring often exceptional.
Back then, Hawaiian apparel was almost exclusively made by small concerns who stuck to traditional designs and workmanship. Also, the quality of cotton and rayon used was excellent.
This dress, though plain in the front, has a sweet detachable half-belt in back and two pleats fall from it like a faux train – a nod to traditional Hawaiian styling. The skirt, also, is quite wide at the bottom and sweeps when you walk, giving a rather regal feeling . . . . . .
Embroidered all over with gold metallic thread, this designer dress from the famous high-end retailer is a fabulous find! Couldn’t believe it. Luxurious at-home wear that can easily go out and about – there are no “rules” these days saying that would be “not done”.
I love true vintage hostess and patio dresses, as well as other at-home wear from eras past. Often the better-quality items are in fantastic condition because they were worn sparingly and/or cared for so well by their original owners.
Just another marvelous day in Mid-Centuryland for the Magicvintagespy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Although it’s definitely retro and not expensively made, this gown has so many of the true-to-style elements that evening frocks from the 1930’s and 1940’s did – I was delighted to see how much they had gotten “right” and couldn’t resist it as a great costume.
For Halloween or a historical play it will be lots of fun and fits me well.
This very pretty frock has an unusual neckline. The collar is of 3 layers, and each one is bordered by covered wiring which allows the wearer to shape the neckline as desired. A friend of mine said that she remembers dresses of this type from the 1950’s. The style would certainly fit in with early ’50’s and late 1940’s fashion.
It’s also very tiny, so it all points to a time when average women’s figures and clothing sizes were much smaller than they are today.
The fabric appears to be silk. So lovely and flattering. Obviously, this dress was made to be worn to a party or other special occasion. Imagine my delight when I discovered it!
Don’t know if these pieces went together back in the day, but someone probably wore these pale celery green items to a Prom, Homecoming or similar formal dance. I would also want to add a shawl or bolero jacket.
The shoes are covered in satin and it was so great to find them in such excellent condition! That’s some of the best fun of coming across a find like this.
If it had been up to me, I’d move the bow from the front of the dress to the waist – maybe in back. But, that’s a project for another day. . . . . . . . . .