STARTING TOMORROW – A TRUE VINTAGE HAT SERIES

Although hats are no longer an essential part of our daily wardrobes, excepting in cold weathr, they’re one of the most wonderful accessories to an outfit or ensemble. Now, of course, is a perfect time to be showing off your collection. Starting tomorrow we’ll run through mine, whether they’re appropriate for this particular time of year or not.

Be prepared for first plaintext early a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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1960’S OR ’70’S SUPER WELL-MADE HOUSE DRESS

While admittedly this housedress is not among my most stellar finds, first impression was that it was too good to leave behind. When I had a closer look at home, I could really see why. The quality features are far beyond what I first noticed.

OK. We’re going to talk about QUALITY only here, because the design is not exceptionally different from many other garments of its type. One of the best things about this particular cotton/polyester blend fabric is that it is opaque enough that I could go to the door in it without being indecent. That’s a huge plus when it comes to most housecoats of this genre.

Going on to the most important questions about the quality standards of clothing, let’s talk about the construction. We like the fabric – next is the notions. In this case, that includes the buttons and the lace trim. Both are very good – lace is the nicest I’ve felt or seen in a long time, on items of this type. The buttons are little stemmed pearlized plastic buttons which are very classic. The machine embroidery on the yoke is very nice, too, but nothing to write home about when it comes to what I expect on a vintage garment.

Finally comes construction. I took a separate photo of the yoke because the design is outstanding. It raises the bar when compared to the things that are usually seen and this design is echoed on the back yoke, too. Also, the seams are really tight and neatly done – very important on an at-home garment which will be worn a lot and won’t get special care. Finally, the hem has a 1″ allowance and has been finished BY HAND!!

That is probably the sweetest thing about this piece. Makes me nostalgic for my mother’s and grandmothers’ times when these features and touches were standard on almost everything they bought. Maybe, with all the disruption and change we’re experiencing in the world today our priorities and lifestyles will change and these kinds of production standards will return. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to count on things you buy to last at least a decade or two (or three or four) instead of just a few months?

In the meantime, there’s nothing like true vintage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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NEW WAVE DESIGN, EARLY 1980’S DOES 1940’S SILK DRESS

Another great find, and in perfect condition, like the one shown yesterday! Let’s talk QUALITY and DESIGN again. First off, I love silk dresses. This one needs a steaming, but that will happen when I give it a cleaning – couldn’t wait to share it.

So, high-quality fabric. Also, high-quality construction, made in Hong Kong. That’s a location that could always be counted on for superior workmanship. The turquoise edging has been applied so expertly and carefully that it adds to the overall impression of a higher-end piece. The buttons are fabric-covered and the pleating detail is beautiful. Also, inside, the little hand-done fabric fans at the shoulder seams that widen the shoulders a bit are really nice. The covered elastic at the waistline has retained its stretch, so was good-quality, as well.

I just love the pairing of a New Wave true navy/turquoise color combo and detailing along with 1940’s style. Avant-guarde meets vintage. Some better-made Forties garments were very much like that, back in the day. I would expect that this dress was worn with a belt, although there are no belt loops. A simple, dark navy belt would be called for, as the collar and cuff detail take center stage. There’s enough fabric, unless you’re quite tall, to harvest material from the hem for a tie belt or to cover a custom buckle belt.

A much simpler and “homey” style tomorrow, but still a star on the quality stage. Stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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1970’S – 1980’S HAWAIIAN SHEATH DRESS – ONE OF THE BEST!

It’s SO good to get out into the field again! Here’s part of what the latest investigation uncovered. A classic fitted-sheath design, which we still see a lot of on the market, always flattering and always in style. So, what makes this one stand out amongst those that are on the racks today?

1. THE QUALITY:

  • the FABRIC – 100% rayon in a really nice artistic print, substantial but with a soft hand and glossy finish.
  • the CRAFTSMANSHIP – Careful finishing, with piping around the neckline and armholes. Facings and hem allowance with some depth.

2. THE DESIGN:

  • AUTHENTICITY – Hawaiian style, made locally in Hawaii.
  • CUT AND FIT – shaping darts front and back to fit the curves of the torso gently and move with the wearer.
  • WALKING SLITS – on each side of the skirt enhance comfort and prevent tearing.

I don’t see garments this nice in the stores today. The material is to die for – both in how it looks and feels. The dress has a real authentic vibe. Garments this well-made also fit more nicely, last a long time and rarely need any kind of repair. The only possible downside is that dry-cleaning is the proper care but, since we can now do this safely and effectively at home in the dryer, extra expense is minimal.\ It’s another one that I’ll wear frequently and forever! More to come . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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2 SABLE – COLOR FAUX FURS FROM THE 1950’S

2 SABLE - COLOR FAUX FURS FROM THE 1950'S

Nothing too shocking or fantastic today, but these beautiful fakes from the Fifties are worth a photo. I’d be happy to wear these any time I wanted to save my real furs.

As I mentioned before, these coats are made to the same standard as furs, and often by the same companies. They are hardier over the decades, too.

Yes, there are many very nice faux furs made now – but, if you can find a true vintage one I think you’ll love the details even more. . . . . . . . .

Getting ready to travel again. If there are any blips in the schedule, don’t be surprised . . . . . . .

Morgana Martin, the Magicvintagespy
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CUTEST EVER 1950’S WOOL HATS FOR CHIC WINTER DAYS

CUTEST EVER 1950'S WOOL HATS FOR CHIC WINTER DAYS

Two sweet little hats – one plush (just right with your camel hair coat – that’s coming!), and one in smart navy with little rhinestones.

For a little extra warmth and great style, another pair for city days . . . . . . . ..

Morgana Martin, the Magicvintagespy
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TRUE VINTAGE CASHMERE & MINK FOR WINTER WHITE NIGHTS

TRUE VINTAGE CASHMERE & MINK FOR WINTER WHITE NIGHTS

Pure luxury in these beautiful and elegant coats with mink fur collars. Both have easy silhouettes and showcase necklines.

The collar on the left hooks in front to form a closed cowl. It also has bracelet-length sleeves to show off some lovely dark gloves.

Both coats make a sumptuous impression with effortless chic. . . . . . . . . . . . .

Morgana Martin, the Magicvintagespy
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