All those keywords in the title say it – just look at this frock All the elements of mid-Sixties fashion are incorporated in this style, as well as the common mid-century feature of having been home-sewn. What a fun discovery! I’ll really enjoy it come summer.
Again, casual conservative styling in that flattering A-line shape. Pretty trim detail and a Mod print. So Sixties! Just the kind of simple dress that so many women made when first learning to sew, though this one displays some skill by the well-done attachment of the neckline trim.
Back to the future again – and we’ll stay there for a while . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
These are all great, but I always love peasant blouses and Sixties cotton blouses. The true ones are becoming more and more rare and are so fun to encounter. They are always a go-to for me in the summer.
Nothing could have been more iconic in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Some of the little-white-blouses had embroidery on them, too, but not big and bold like the peasant variety. Although popular back to the Forties, these examples come from the Sixties and, maybe, early Seventies.
Yes, another trio to find closet room and happy wearing come next May . . . . . . . . . . . . .
An iconic Mod flower-power print, with sheer sleeves at the same time! The dress material is a loosely-woven stuff that they used to call “hop sacking” in the mid-Sixties (but, of course, not real hop sacking, which is a different thing – sort of like the sugar and flour bag material that women used to make shirts and dresses from on the farms WAY long ago).
It fits Stella in a way that’s too short and tight to look the way it is supposed to, and would do better on a model a little bit smaller and not quite so tall. But, anyway, oh so cute and DEFINITELY from about 1966. Notice the Peter Pan collar.
A perfect example of a frock from the mid-Sixties – the fabric and tailoring details give it away. It’s a larger size, meant to be belted, so may find it’s way to the tailor if I’m going to keep it. We’ll see.
The material is beautiful to see and feel. The dress is very well-made, so has remained in great condition over the years. I’ll have to examine it a little more carefully later on, to see if a maker’s label is hidden somewhere, but I do know that it was Union-made so we’ll go from there. Lots more finds to publish, so stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
In a ’50’s to early ’60’s style, but with mid-1960’s-type fabric this dress illustrates the creative power that home-sewers in the mid-century had over their wardrobes. The size, style and fabric were completely at their discretion and genre’s could be combined in any way.
This example was made for a teen or a petite woman (the photo is somewhat foreshortened, too, so it’s not quite as short-waisted as it looks), probably as a dressy day or party dress. It’s a simple style in cotton blend with a zip back and elasticized sleeves but shows evidence of extra care and skill in the insertion of piping detail at the waist and flounce on the skirt. There are also strap-keepers sewn in at the shoulders and some seams that were done by hand.
What a fun little mystery-history to unravel! More back to the future on the way . . . . . . . .
Mod, psychedelic, polyester knit dress – was made just a little past the time of the hey-day of the hippie/back-to-the-land movement. About the time that popular fashions were beginning to turn back toward mainstream, but still liking the counter-culture vibe in a more modest way.
Prairie-style was also becoming a big thing around this time – leaning more toward Jessica (McLintock) designs than Janice Joplin’s Salvation Army finds. Also, polyester was beginning to replace cotton in a big way.
Not quite your pure Love-In roll-a-joint party outfit, but you could still get by with it . . . . . try doing it at a patio party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
This little dress is so cool – straight out of the late sixties. It was tailor-made in a fabric that was really popular then – kind of loose-woven like hop sacking used to be. That’s what it was called, though it wasn’t really sacking material (from back when they used to make food sacks out of cloth).
It has a Peter Pan collar and zips up the back. The sleeves are made from a sheer material that is printed to match the heavier fabric of the dress. Cute!
When I find something like this that is SO characteristic of its particular time and even tells a story about who made it it’s almost like being transported! Beam me up . . . . . . . . .