OPENING ANOTHER JACKPOT! HERE S A 1940’S – 1950’S SHIRTWAIST DAY DRESS WITH GREAT DETAILS

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How neat!  Classic mid-century styling by Renee Originals with excellent tailoring and hardly any sign of wear.  I just love old frocks that testify to the way that women used to value and preserve their clothing; especially the favorites!

The fabric may be a cotton/rayon blend.  It’s of a medium weight and printed in a checkerboard floral pattern – fall-ish colors with asters or Gerber daisies.  The buttons are black, faceted to look like jet, and there is ric-rac trim on the bodice and skirt.

I’m in love!  Of course, this is an Autumn to Winter dress although temperatures this year would let me wear it now.  I think I’ll save it for the season.  You’ll probably see it, along with other recent finds, modeled properly by one of the working “girls” whenever I get back to Headquarters.  We’re on a roll here, so stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1940’S WARTIME HOUSE DRESS WAS A WONDERFUL SURPRISE FIND!

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Just right for Autumn, these dark tones are unusual and attractive.  The fabric wasn’t expensive, but is distinctive with a slightly nubby stripe woven in.  Take a zoom-in look.  A very practical style, like the women of that day.

The buttons add some interest with silver rims and extras trimming the collar.  That’s a smart place to put an eye-catching touch to the design with additional specialty buttons which would be hard to find.  A lost button would have a ready replacement.

I’ll love this frock for a long time.  As much as finding dressy, elegant and off-beat outfits thrills me, these more everyday, easy-wear items are still a favorite.

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LAST OF THE TRUE VINTAGE 1950’S COTTON SHIRTWAISTS FOR THIS YEAR’S SEASON (FAMOUS LAST WORDS . . . . . . . .)

LAST OF THE 1950'S COTTON SHIRTWAISTS FOR THIS YEAR'S SEASON (FAMOUS LAST WORDS . . . . . . . .)

This favorite shirtwaist could possibly be from the 1940’s through to the early ’60’s, but my guess is that it’s a 1950’s version of the classic style. The cotton is that heavy, wonderful weave that feels so good on, holds its shape so well and endures forever.

The colors are also some that slide into Fall very nicely, though it’s really a 3 – season dress. No tag, so I can’t say whether it was custom – tailored or not. Who cares!

I especially like the fit. The sleeves are very “pert” on Madge and the bodice fits nicely. The tailoring is exceptional. Just look at that hem width, which you can see the shadow of – won’t find that anymore!

Yes, another fabulous find and forever favorite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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ANOTHER COTTON DAY – DRESS! TRUE VINTAGE 1950’S SHIRTWAIST IN THAT VERSATILE MOCHA HUE

ANOTHER MOCHA DRESS!  TRUE VINTAGE 1950'S SHIRTWAIST

As you now know, I have a number of frocks in this style but this one is special – because I found it during my trip to New Orleans.  It’s very cute on and comes with sentimental value because I LOVE New Orleans and been there in a long time.

This day-dress is made of a lovely soft cotton (worn many times) in mocha with a coffee-colored print design.  Just the right shade for early Autumn days.  As with the some of the best, this one’s fabric-covered belt has a matching-color plastic buckle. These are always interesting, when buckles and buttons are dyed to match the fabric.

The clothing in New Orleans, I found, has fabulous stories associated with it and many of the shopkeepers can tell you some! The garments always seem to come from interesting people living in interesting places and with fascinating histories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..

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A COUPLE OF LATE ’40’S – EARLY ’50’S FUN SHIRTWAIST DRESSES IN LEAD-INTO-FALL COLORS

A COUPLE OF LATE '50'S - EARLY '60'S FUN SHIRTWAIST DRESSES IN LEAD-INTO-FALL COLORS

I love the colors of these dresses – pink to lavender, with black and white. Both in a similar shirtwaist style,  below-the-knee length and made of a substantial cotton.  Perfect mid-century style.

The dress on the left has little houses in a novelty print and some interesting tuck and piping details.  The fabric is a bit heavier, and I’d wear it into Fall.  The one on the right has cute pockets, ric-rac trim and a great plaid.  It really says “summer” and farmers’ markets, to me.

Neither one has a label, but I doubt that they were made at home – especially not the left-hand one.  Just goes to show, that labels often go by the wayside. . . . . . .

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