NEXT FIND – TRUE VINTAGE 1950’S/EARLY 1960’S HAND-MADE HOUSE DRESS

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Gingham again – it’s always classic and often found in lots of casual clothing from mid-century.   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In this example, we have a custom-tailored design – sort of Western-wear, but just CUTE! Simple shift style, but when I wear it I’ll probably add a belt and cinch the waist.  The ruffle at the hem, cross-stitch decoration and interesting elbow-length sleeves all make it unique and would even be a good Halloween costume.

Dresses with these features were popular in mid-century in the United States, when there was a big Western/cowboy craze going on.  Ever hear of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans?  I’ve learned so much by being interested in true vintage fashion!  Happy trails to you, until we meet again.  Have fun tonight – arroooooooooooooooooo . .. . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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A VERY FUN TRUE VINTAGE DISCOVERY – MOD SUPER SIXTIES SHOES!

IMG_1488 These are definitely for Fourth IMG_1489of July!  I have a purse from the same era that they’re almost a match for.  Also, they’re great nautical colors that are popular in the Spring and Fall.  However, the closed toe can be worn any time of year.

Another fab find in wonderful condition.  Chunky low heels, a raised vamp – perfect mid-late 1960’s style. This is so much fun . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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TRUE VINTAGE GINGHAM HOUSE – DRESS FROM 1961, WITH PRETTY VINTAGE LACE

IMG_1490 IMG_1491True vintage house-dresses are some of my favorite finds because they are always so cute, easy to wear all year long and each one has different details to discover.  Gingham fabric is always top of the list.  It’s fun to find so many different colors besides the wonderful, classic red/white and blue/white combos!

The most outstanding feature of this dress is the lace around the collar – it’s just different from anything that is made now.

I really love 100% cotton fabric in blouses and dresses like this, but often find that even the older ones are a cotton-poly blend.   Clothing makers were creative with blended and synthetic fabrics in the Forties when some of the usual materials were diverted for use in making things for the WWII effort.  In the Fifties they began concentrating on making fabrics easy-care – less or no ironing needed and easier to wash – but I still find wonderful 100% cottons, too.

So, we’ve benefited and lost from these changes in the marketplace over the past few decades.  There’s nothing like the true vintage fabrics, no matter what type they are, but I love the innovations that made improvements in them, too.  Each decade has it’s own wonderful fabrics!

It’s been so much fun to learn all these things from my experience in the field – always looking forward to the next investigation . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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JUST FOUND!! A BEAUTIFUL TRUE VINTAGE LOUNGE DRESS FOR SUMMER – PATIO PARTY, HERE I COME . . . . .

IMG_1481Despite 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 . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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TRUE VINTAGE 1960’S SEERSUCKER SKIRT & TOP SET – JUST THE CUTEST THING!

IMG_1233I love this little suit!  The skirt is shorter now than it was when the outfit was sold in the early to mid-1960’s, but the skirt lengths did change just a couple of years later when the mini came out.  No one back then would trash an outfit just because of that!  Shortening a hem was a really easy thing to do and many women did much more complex alterations on their clothing to keep them for years.

It looks like a jacket and skirt, but the top is almost like a shirt.  I guess it could be worn either way – would be really cute with a little white shirt underneath.

Notice the detail at the waistline – those little tabs are things that we don’t see anymore.  Just for decoration!  The brand is an inexpensive one that one of the catalog stores sold, I think, but even they did nice little tailoring things.

Seersucker has always been such a classic warm-weather fabric; it’s always fun to see it again.  Olive green and white is a little different, too . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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TRUE VINTAGE 1940’S – 1950’S – 1960’S RAINY DAY GEAR: COATS AND UMBRELLAS

IMG_1465 IMG_1251 An early 1960’s velveteen “all-weather” coat that I would double as an evening coat!  Love the covered buttons and the beautiful attached neck scarf, plus stylish 3/4 sleeves that look SO fabulous with longer gloves.  I’ve found several of these (one in emerald green!).  Made in Canada.IMG_1252Stella modeling the great nylon black and white checked coat from the 1950’s that I found in Australia.  These utilitarian coats were popular in the ’40’s and ’50’s, but this is the most stylish example I’ve ever seen, with a print, rather than plain.

Finally, most of my umbrella collection.  Some have great prints  and some are most distinguished by the handles.  Always a fun statement.  Love the old Lucite and the vibrant colors!  I may be able to use one today . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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TRUE VINTAGE JEWEL-TONE EVENING COAT – IN EMERALD GREEN

IMG_1246 IMG_1247Stella by starlight in my fabulous Lillie Rubin evening coat – perfect for any special dressy occasion.  From somewhere between 1955 and 1963, it’s the most beautiful bright emerald green with a turquoise lining.  Amazing.

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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