KENNEDY-ERA COCKTAIL FROCK #2

Nothing to write home about style-wise. Obviously, this one was made just a bit later with a higher hemline. It’s still got a maker’s label, but just not a well-known one. Same type of fabric as the one from Saks and fully-lined, too, so there’s no skimping on the basic quality elements.

However, the neckline treatment is the real star feature. Done as a thick band of bugle-beading to look like a ribbon collar – it’s far from the more boring sequins and embroidery used on the version shown yesterday. Never seen this before or since . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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EARLY 1960’S SPECIAL OCCASION FORMAL DRESS

It’s rare to find these true old ones in great condition anymore. 20 years ago they were coming out of the closet when the former debs and prom queens were moving house or retiring. Now anything that looks like this on the surface was probably made in China yesterday.

However, when you look a little more closely at a true vintage gown you’ll see the careful construction and quality materials that these older garments were made from. Even those that aren’t top-of-the-line are still distinguished and built to last!

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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SUPER-CLASSIC ELEGANT 1960’S FIND: THE ICONIC A-LINE SHEATH

This one is definitely a keeper! The photograph can’t do this dress justice (yes, I really do miss my modeling team) but you, vintage fashion enthusiasts, have the imagination to see it for what is truly is. I’m showing it here with a recently-discovered chain belt which is a perfect accessory in the Sixties style.

A garment such as this one never goes out of fashion. The original owner knew this since she had it tailored or made it herself from excellent quality fabric in a beige tan shantung weave. It has been worn, but is in wonderful shape with no flaws found and a sturdy metal zipper. The icing on the cake, of course: it fits me.

No huge fireworks display or parade with floats and bands, but continued finds like this one make regular undercover sleuthing adventures well worth my time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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WONDERFUL 1960’S HOME-SEWN COTTON BLOUSE

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 . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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A “SUMMER OF LOVE” “PRAIRIE DRESS” FROM THE LATE SIXTIES OR EARLY SEVENTIES

Stella definitely had to change her hairdo for this one, and it couldn’t be more perfect for her! I love the way this dress fits – much better on Stel than on a hanger, as I’d had to show it to you before. Very, very cute and so iconic from that turn-of-the-decade time between the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Dresses of this type were almost always made of woven cotton, as is this one, though some began to appear in the early ’70’s with polyester content. Mix and match patterns plus lots of color were common all the way through about 1965 – 1975. Makes me want to put on a big sun hat, stick some flowers in my hair and wander around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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