Another true vintage retro-style discovery. I love, love, love finding super vintage separates!! This rayon blouse by Esprit will be great with my white 1940’s – style sailor pants, my 1970’s white suit, and, and, and, etc. The style era is about 1935 – 1955. It’s in beautiful condition and fits. The only thing I plan on doing is adding some modest – size shoulder pads to perfect the fit on my body. This also may help the keep the collar in line under jackets. And, I might turn up the cuffs on the sleeves. They are perfectly finished to do this without any additional sewing.
A little style tweak here and there is always fun, as well as making sure that the fit is just right for you, which can make all the difference in the world. With well-made garments, as so many true vintage ones are, alterations are often easier. When a piece is cut well, changing the size a bit doesn’t throw the lines off in a wonky way or require a lot of restyling. It’s harder to do with clothing made for imprecise sizes and without attention to detail.
So, there. A little snooty? But, so true . . . . . . . . . . .
Another beautiful knit garment by a famous vintage label. Some knits from the early 1970’s were still among the best ever made and Butte Knits could always be depended upon. This example is iconic with it’s heavy weight, elegant design and excellent tailoring. Although the label carried on during more recent decades, older items are still the best.
With a simple center back Talon zipper, well-finished seams, decorative covered button trim and deep slits on each side, this vest is very versatile and also a statement piece. And, obviously it was valued by it’s original owner because the condition is near-perfect. I will wear it forever.
This latest expedition continued to center on the 1970’s to 1980’s era, so wait to see what else turned up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
It isn’t signed, though I’m not sure a fabric of this weight would be . . . . . . . ? The semi-glossy material and construction have the hallmarks of a fine Italian knit with full-fashioning, carefully finished seams and signs that the missing label had been hand-sewn in place.
Could be true vintage, or not. But, anyway, it’s a quality piece and I’m so happy to have found it! 1960’s all over again in beautiful colors. Next time I’m in a Jetsons mood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Don’t know what I was thinking a few days ago when I said “found something else that I’ll be showing you soon” – I found 4 more somethings! So, stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Must report this major success – I believe it’s a first for me. Two weeks ago I was doing an investigation and discovered, in a very disorganized and jumbled collection, an old plaid cotton robe from way back that was missing it’s tie belt. Ho, hum – that’s the usual case, unfortunately. This item was posted on the blog on June 20.
Today I was able to get back into the field again and a thought in the back of mind was that perhaps somewhere, sometime soon I might run across a black or burgundy belt that would work as a substitute. Well, one of the first things I spied in the motley mess was: THE ACTUAL MISSING BELT!! If these belts have not been preserved along with the garment, it’s virtually unheard of to see them again. It will need some mending since it’s very old, but can be rehabbed with no problem.
Found something else very neat today which I’ll be showing soon, but this was my little victory dance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
This lovely white frock is from the J. Peterman label and though it’s style is very retro, was made recently. However, the quality and styling of the piece said “BUY ME, ANYWAY” and I did. Lace trim is a pale green.
Perfect for strolling in the park, rowing on the lake and summer lawn parties where we can observe social distance. I might even head to an ice cream social. A pretty lingerie slip underneath will prevent any intervention by law enforcement officers.
Although I confess that it might look even better on Stella, good thing I’m not at Headquarters. She won’t get this one . . .
Drat! Clear channels are blocked so I won’t be able to send the entire inventory in one product. So, each acquisition will be covered in a separate communique.
These slacks could possibly be from the 1950’s, but I’m going to bet that they’re a few years younger than that. Pants like these have been on my discover list for some time. They have a slim, but not tight, fit. The pleats in front are not bunchy and the hip pockets lie flat!! Plus, there are little notches in the side seams at the ankles. Nice summer-weight fabric in basic bright colors. Perfect condition, fabulous vintage tailoring and THEY FIT!!!
After several months off the streets, it’s nice to venture into circulation again but – as always until further notice – sleuth cautiously and with protection.
Some local avenues re-opening. Surreptitious reconnaissance resuming at a modest pace. Marketing activity still hampered by global events. Recent capture of various goods transported undercover. Report to follow, with documented inventory.
Just a reminder, darlings, that while we’re having all this extra unstructured time there are several thousand posts in the MAGICVINTAGESPY.COM archives available for enjoyment and research. It’s even fun for me to have a review!
THANKS for all your recent visits and first visits. It’s fun to know who’s still “on the same page” with me during this very different time.
Hello all, from my desk at Headquarters. Of course, I’m itching to get on with investigations, but Providence has put us on hold for this moment in history. What an important opportunity to re-set for each person and for our society.
No matter where you live, I recommend that you visit Michael Moore’s YouTube channel and check out his new movie (free) Planet of the Humans. He has very important information and messages for all of us, worth considering deeply during this time of personal reflection.
We will get through this TOGETHER. Look forward to a new world, moving in the best direction for all, when this test is finally over. We must all be part of it. Blessings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
From the mid-1960’s a psychedelic print wrapper house dress made at home from wonderful fabric. The material has the feel of smooth, glossy slinky knit but is woven instead. So interesting.
When I finish adding snaps where some are missing and re-attaching 1/2 of the belt tie, it’s got a comfortable but very sexy fit. You’ll have to wait until I return to Headquarters to see it properly displayed.
The moment I saw this I knew it was old and, even with the missing fasteners, the potential of a really neat house dress was obvious. Can’t wait to wear it! After this latest haul, I wonder what’s next? You just never know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . .. . . .. . . . . . . . . .