I’d been thinking of finding something light that would be good summer sleepwear for hot and sticky weather; so that was what was on my mind when I spotted this fabric. I took a good look and said “Oh, my goodness!” Even hanging in my hands, I could see what a good pedigree this style has and, when I was able to try it on at home, OMG!!! Can’t wait to photograph it on Stella. I’m really hoping to find the right slip and to be invited to a New Year’s party.
It fits me like a glove and is so flattering with an hourglass cut, elbow-length sleeves and knee-length hem plus a deep V-neckline. The soft, pretty lace and excellent construction don’t hurt, either. It even has a side zipper. Obviously, this company takes their design and quality seriously.
So, I did a little research about the maker and discovered that Vintage Stories opened in 2017 in London, England with styles inspired by famous people in past decades. I know little more than this about them and am not sure if they are still producing items or exactly where they are sold. Each garment is said to have a story behind it, so I wonder what the story is here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
When I spotted this one I immediately fell in love with the cotton material. Look at this wonderful print! Aqua, teal and honey brown with touches of black and white. The fabric is SO soft – as many cotton shirts and PJ’s of the 50’s and early 60’s were. As the years went by they became better and better. First impression was that it would be too big on me, but might be comfy to lounge around the house in.
Surprise! When I got it home and was able to try it on, it fits like a dream. Custom-tailored for a small person, I’ll bet that this was made as a maternity blouse. It’s not baggy or frumpy and has a really nice fit on a slim person, but would have room underneath for a basketball. Clothing for women who were “expecting” in the mid-century was not as widely available as it is today and usually was pretty unflattering. No wonder that many women chose to make their own.
The workmanship is admirable. The hem and armhole facings are beautifully finished. I’ll enjoy this garment forever. It’s always so much fun to be constantly amazed by the simplest piece when I have the opportunity to look at and feel it carefully.
Although my next find is absolutely wonderful, this true vintage garment had to come first, since that’s what I’m all about. The next one, a dress, must take second place but is worth the wait. Stay tuned . . . . .
Was out and about doing errands today and had the opportunity to do a little investigating in the process. Surprise! I found a couple of neat things to show you – one is true vintage; the other is not, but deserves a look and a nod. Stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recently I’ve closed up Headquarters and been traveling from safe house to safe house. Will be at the satellite location again early next week and settling in. Whenever “new” finds are discovered, you will be updated.
Here’s a favorite dress of mine that I haven’t shown before because, as a lover of real-deal classic clothing, it’s hard for me to think of something made in the 1980’s as true vintage. But, this piece is by Hilo Hattie and has a design feature which is reminiscent of the 1940’s and 1950’s. Though you can’t see it in this picture, there is a triangular panel that folds across in front of the hips and ties on the left.. This gives the dress an added fit advantage. Back in the day, tricks of style were done like this often and made dresses uniquely attractive.
Otherwise, the cut is a straight shift that pulls on over the head. Very easy to wear, cool and bright, so still collectible.
So happy to finally put this beauty on Stella. Although it’s not a really old classic, this dress is well-done in the classic way with piping around the neckline and armholes, high quality rayon fabric and an authentic-looking vintage print. Dresses of the 1980’s vintage were still sometimes constructed very nicely.
This is the time of year when an island vacation starts to sound really good, in spite of the Christmas fever. I know I’m eager to head down to the tropics and tomorrow will show you another 1980’s frock to include in the suitcase. Stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . .