CUTE LITTLE APPLE PRINT ON A 1930’S – 1940’S RAYON DAY DRESS

It was the height of my happy dance when I spied this lovely! Almost-perfect condition (just a little hole mend in an inconspicuous area and missing belt) and from my favorite decade(s). Sorry that the pic is a bit out of focus – the apple print is very sweet.

A simple v-neckline with a fabric string tie. Seam at the waist, belt loops and gentle shaping, midi-length. With the black rayon background, the belt will be very easy to replace. Perfect for everyday.

Tomorrow, we’ll be traveling up toward modern time (as late as the early 1970’s). Keep watch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..

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A PRETTY LITTLE TRUE VINTAGE COTTON DAY – FROCK

Of exactly the same era (late ’50’s early 1960’s) as the party dress shown yesterday, this comfortable but flirty day-dress is a fabulous find. All it needs is a little bit of color refreshment and one small re-stitching on a seam. Then, off to the State Fair!

Boy, I really miss Stella (my vintage size 10 mannequin – modern size 2) when traveling because she and Giselle (size 4) and Madge (size 6) really put life into my discoveries on camera. However, never fear – when I do return to Headquarters you will again see these lovely garments properly displayed.

Tomorrow, the dress which is probably the star of this trunk show. . . . . . . .

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I’M STILL IN THE PINK WITH THIS FUN PARTY FROCK

This little number would be from the early 1960’s. Someone loved it very much as it’s clean and in wonderful condition, with only a little evidence of some dancing wear on the skirt. I confess, I did (very easily) remove an old spilled drink stain from the bodice so I know this dress has a history . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

It’s increasingly rare to find examples like this one, which is obviously from an estate. I’m grateful that many women who built their wardrobes in the mid-century 1940’s to 1960’s saved their favorites in the back of a closet for decades. When circumstances finally cause a clean-out of their homes these treasures are uncovered, for me to find!

And, this is only the beginning. There are more to come so, stay tuned . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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3-SEASON DRESSY FROCK FROM THE KENNEDY 1950’S – ’60’S

Mint green acetate(?) satin with floral embroidery, a sweet bow at the waistline and box-pleated skirt make this pretty dinner frock an iconic mid-century style. All hand-tailored for semi-dressy occasions.

The color says SPRING, but the fabric weight and style would take it through most of the year. Obviously, the woman who owned it had kept it for many years and worn it to many events or saved it because of special memories.

I love finding garments that were custom-tailored because they tell a lot about the former owners as well as the time period in which they were made. There’s nothing much more personal than having clothing hand-made exactly as you want it and fitted on your own body. That used to be a common practice no matter how poor or wealthy a person might be, but now is mostly a lost art.

“Printing” our clothing in the not-too-distant future won’t be the same as having a personal tailor, but might be interesting in many ways and certainly a lot faster! However, I won’t stop searching out and wearing beautiful old fabrics and hand-done work, . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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MORE FINDS – TRUE VINTAGE HOME-SEWN HOUSE DRESS 3 WAYS

I’ve seen many classic house dresses like this one in the rural mid-west. I’ll bet the woman who made it had sewn lots of them for herself over the years. It’s got decorative vintage buttons and a waist seam, but no pockets.

And, it’s a BIG size – the sleeveless style turns into cap sleeves – much too big for size 2 Stella, but look what happens with the addition of a belt. Belt around the waist seam at the hip level and it’s a 1920’s day dress. Cinch the waistline and it’s stylish in the 1940’s and 1950’s. So much can be done with a classic design. Leave it to those farm women to make the most cool and comfortable frocks for daily household chores, with a quick shopping trip into town thrown in.

Next, we’ll look at a dress for a city gal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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VINTAGE HOME-TAILORED COTTON SWING DRESS

Can’t say exactly when this dress was made – definitely 1970’s/’80’s or before – but isn’t it cute! Again, it’s too big for me but will be an easy alteration because of the style and construction. LOVE the print and colors and the swing design. I’ve added this bright red belt for fun but it would look just as nice with a navy belt, which would be much more subtle.

Can’t wait for next summer!

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AN ICONIC TAILORING CLUE ON THIS DRESS PUTS THE DATE IN QUESTION . . . . . . .

At first look I would immediately say that this dress is of the same era as the previous one shown yesterday. Well, almost . . . . . . . . . . .BUT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The raglan sleeves have gussets sewn in the underarms. This is a feature usually seen in 1950’s dresses and earlier. So, this little number may be a bit older. It’s also very well-made with a beautiful shantung fabric, made of rayon rather than the more common silk shantung. The bolero jacket is very practical and pretty.

I could have these dresses altered to fit me but, since I have others very similar, they’ve gone on to eBay. The find was the fun this time. One more to go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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