Another great find, and in perfect condition, like the one shown yesterday! Let’s talk QUALITY and DESIGN again. First off, I love silk dresses. This one needs a steaming, but that will happen when I give it a cleaning – couldn’t wait to share it.
So, high-quality fabric. Also, high-quality construction, made in Hong Kong. That’s a location that could always be counted on for superior workmanship. The turquoise edging has been applied so expertly and carefully that it adds to the overall impression of a higher-end piece. The buttons are fabric-covered and the pleating detail is beautiful. Also, inside, the little hand-done fabric fans at the shoulder seams that widen the shoulders a bit are really nice. The covered elastic at the waistline has retained its stretch, so was good-quality, as well.
I just love the pairing of a New Wave true navy/turquoise color combo and detailing along with 1940’s style. Avant-guarde meets vintage. Some better-made Forties garments were very much like that, back in the day. I would expect that this dress was worn with a belt, although there are no belt loops. A simple, dark navy belt would be called for, as the collar and cuff detail take center stage. There’s enough fabric, unless you’re quite tall, to harvest material from the hem for a tie belt or to cover a custom buckle belt.
A much simpler and “homey” style tomorrow, but still a star on the quality stage. Stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . .
Nothing better than Sanforized cotton flannel pajamas on cool nights. Although these were made for men, the Medium size would be OK for lots of women today. At first, I thought that they were “new”, but one of them was probably worn a little. They were made in Hong Kong, so the workmanship is up to a higher standard. I love all of the old details and vintage buttons. They were sold by Sears back in the day, under the stores’ own label.
Not the most flattering or delicate of sleepwear, but still wonderful!
Both these little ladies were made in Hong Kong, of similar basic design, but there is a world of difference between them. Lady Left was made for the uptown market, while Lady Right was sold downtown. Though they’re both clean and well-put-together, Lady Left grew up with all the best, while Lady Right’s beginnings were more humble.
It’s obvious “in person” that these bags were made for different markets. The styling in both is superior, but the materials and extra attention to detail show that Lady Left brought a higher price.
I don’t have a favorite. Their stories are equally interesting to me (maybe Lady Right’s is a little more so . . . . .). Each one is perfect with the outfit that coordinates with it. While Lady Right could be much more casual, she is no less elegant – maybe even more so, if you don’t look too closely. Lady Left could seem a little tasteless if she showed up everywhere dressed like that.
I see one for holiday festivities or a very gala occasion (maybe tonight?), while the other would be lovely with a pretty summer dress. Both would be gorgeous for a bridal venue. It can all be so fascinating . . . . . . . . . . . .
I’m always so happy to find one of these in almost perfect condition! The front metal zip is unusual, rather than buttons, and the (probably) acrylic fiber is a plus over wool because of the ease of storage and care. I DO love old wool sweaters, however.
This example was made in Hong Kong (always pointing to quality construction and workmanship, at least in true vintage garments) and has the classic styling of patch pockets and striped trim. The zipper is as sturdy as they come.
A wonderful and infrequent discovery. My favorites!
Finding this dress was a real sleuthing success! I’d been hunting for a vintage silk Cheongsam style in my size for years, then uncovered this one at a teeny, teeny price. The original color was a yellowy beige and there were several brown stains and a little rip near the hem. But –
The Magicvintagespy knows what to do. So, I mixed a couple of dye colors that I had leftover from another job and expected to have a soft, neutral brown. Instead, I got this WONDERFUL lavender/bronze color! LOVE IT!!! The stains are history and the hem needed raising anyway et voila’.
The moral : Put out the vibes and never give up. KNOW YOUR STUFF, and the perfect find will materialize in your wardrobe.
This is such a beautiful thing – I wish it weren’t too big for me. But oh, well, I love it all the same. Not way old, because it’s poly satin, but the embroidery is to die for and it’s not completely colorfast so may not be too modern. I’m not always sure about the construction and fabric qualities of garments made overseas.
Anyway, what a gorgeous item to wear around the house and, also, out. I have a fantastic embroidered red silk jacket from China that I often wear with black pants when dressing up is the thing. Looks ab fab.
Tomorrow I’ll show a very recent discovery of the same genre, but older and more the style of Mata Hari. Something I’d been searching for for a long time . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Although the purse in the top left corner is similar to others that I’ve come up with recently, I’m glad to have it in a less-often-found silver fabric. The others are worth telling you about one at a time. Let’s start with the white beaded bag on top:
a very lovely little convertible clutch bag that can go from dressy day to summer evening and also would stand out as part of a bridal ensemble.
Just to the right of it is a fabric coin or lipstick purse made in Italy. Though it is just a purse accessory, the black satin and art print on front, as well as the filigree hardware make it a special keeper. Italian-made purses and shoes from the Fifties and Sixties were of the highest quality and design and are to die for.
At the bottom is a pretty little brocade purse that could be an accessory but is meant to stand on its own, when only the barest essentials are necessary. It’s very tiny, but unsnaps again to allow room for just a little more than the coin purse alone. Although you probably can’t read it, in the corner to the left of the top snap is embossed in gold script “B. Dainty”. Sweet!
Finally, the duchess of the lot is a fully-beaded clutch with a zipper top and silk lining. Of the finest materials and displaying the most hand-done workmanship, it’s probably the oldest.
Although I’ve been happy to discover so many evening bags recently, especially with thoughts of this year’s holiday season beginning to creep into mind, I most love the special pieces like these – makes the day’s adventure really fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Look at these beauties! The convertible clutch style which lets you use the handle or not has always been so versatile and convenient. Although some of these are very mid-quality, they all have some distinctive features that make them stand out as great true vintage finds. Let’s start out from left to right . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
The white purse at far left is from the Sixties and has that shiny box hardware enclosing it on 3 sides. It is made of leather and has a shoulder strap that can be tucked inside. Very sleek and streamlined – a great look for summer.
The 1950’s beaded evening bag in front is in perfect condition, with a silk satin lining and a beautiful clasp and box chain handle, which can be hidden inside. This type of handbag was always hand-made, usually in Hong Kong. Even for an expert, can you imagine the care and time it took to attach all those beads so perfectly and securely?
The other three bags have a metallic finish and are made of synthetic materials or cloth – not in quite as good shape as the first two. But, they are nicely made and all have pretty hardware clasps – always interesting to find. The two in center also have box or braided chain handles, rather than the simple chain that is most often seen. These more complex types of chain are prettier and also seemed to break less easily.
As always, they all show that care was taken to preserve and protect them, so I can enjoy them 50 or 60 years later! The throw-away quality that we seem to be satisfied with today can’t begin to compare, but is still way over-priced!! Such a shame – but not for this Magicvintagespy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
This dress is another keeper! I wish Stella were here to model it for you – it’s so beautiful. So chic and elegant, of 100% silk with a floral jacquard design, with all the fine details that would be expected from an expert tailor. This dress was made in the late 1950’s – early 1960’s by a tailoring firm especially for a higher-end shop in the Bahamas.
Excepting for the missing original belt and a few stitches in the hem which need to be repaired, it is in perfect condition. A dress of this type would have been especially prized by it’s mid-century owner, and protected from damage. That’s why it’s still possible, if you are lucky, blessed and skilled, to discover these frocks today.
I’m also fortunate to be of a size that was more or less average at that time, so I can wear many of my finds without alterations. However, an expert cleaning service will have skilled seam-sters who can work wonders when necessary, so carry on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .