MORE PERFECTION!!!

Haven’t shown these in a while – how about my grandmother’s 1950’s kid suede sling-backs with my “new” linen pants posted a couple days ago?

Of course, I’ll have to change the blouse. Oh well, so many white and ivory options. And – I can always put in an order for something in lemon or apricot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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NEAT, NEAT FIND! A 1970’S – 1980’S MIDI-BLOUSE

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 . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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1970’S HIGH-WAIST PANTS COMPLETE AN ENSEMBLE!

When it rains it pours. I’d been snooping for some well-fitting, stylish true vintage pants and the Universe delivered. Another pair of tailored slacks made very similarly to the ones shown from my last expedition but these set the bar a notch higher. In linen, with a full lining and beautifully-made.

Though the color is gorgeous, it can be a bit dodgy to coordinate effectively with anything but black or white. However . . . . . . . . . . . last year I had uncovered this lovely silk blouse with 1980’s – early 1990’s styling. Loved the color combo but also didn’t have just the right things to wear it with. Well, you see what happens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Hang on. There’s more to come ——-

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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A BEAUTIFUL 1970’S LONG VEST BY BUTTE KNIT

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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A REAL VINTAGE -SLEUTHING MIRACLE!

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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TAILORED BLOUSE THAT IS BOTH TRUE VINTAGE AND RETRO . . . . . . . . . .

1940’s styling from the early 1970’s, when a Forties wave was happening in fashion. Under the Shirt Accent label, this blouse has Dolman sleeves, a ’40’s style wing collar and side seam vents at the waistline.

As is often seen with vintage tailoring, the blouse is purposed to be very versatile. It can be worn casually, un-tucked with jeans, pants or shorts. However, dressed up a bit with skirts and high-waist slacks it will tuck in nicely.

No doubt, this garment had been someone’s staple for 45 – 50 years with only one tiny seam repair needed. Now it will be mine for another 50?

Tomorrow we’ll be traveling back in time to a much earlier era . . . . . . . .. . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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REPORT FROM TEMPORARY SUBSTATION: Investigations resuming cautiously

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.

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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HOW ABOUT A STROLL THROUGH THE VINTAGE FASHION ARCHIVES?

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.

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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A MEMO FROM HEADQUARTERS

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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KENNEDY-ERA SHEATH DINNER DRESS IN FABULOUS CONDITION

A gold rayon satin sheath, perfect for cocktails and dinner out in 1960. The over-dress with high slits and frog decoration is very much a style of that time. The white embroidered design is a little showy, but understated fashion wasn’t a big thing then. However, this dress still manages to be elegant.

Sadly, there is no label remaining and I doubt that it was home-sewn. Could have been custom-tailored by an expert dressmaker, which was a favorite thing to have done back then. Of course, I miss my mannequin models big-time when showing off this frock. A fitted sheath looks best on hourglass figures and was really cut to fit that way when it was new.

I’m discovering things from the late ’50’s and early ’60’s a little more often in the last year or two and it’s obviously a sign of the times. Not sure how many 80- and 90-year-olds might still be hanging on to a favorite Mod designer outfit. I guess I’ll find out later, but we’re still going in that direction tomorrow. Hang on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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