Could be a Prom – party, wedding or casual summer day dress according to your wish! Love well-made frocks like this one, which has pretty fabric and trim as well as a liner that prevents see-through (excepting for a bit at the midriff and on the sleeves). Just right!
I’m always super-happy to find a gown or long dress of this genre and era. And, in perfect condition. Things just keep getting better . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Handmade by someone in the 1960’s – 1970’s era, this was a popular tote-style purse during that time. Many were handcrafted and decorated. It’s fun to see where she ran out of one green thread and switched to another – true vintage fashions always have a story to tell.
Back in the day many women made these bags from scratch or from kits. Macrame’ was common. Unless a home wood shop was handy, the handles would be purchased and then she’d go from there in whatever fabric or weaving she chose. Some would even be lined, but usually the handcrafted bags were not. Designs were as original as the people who made them. I like the pretty Spring feeling on this one, and the lavender color.
Hadn’t come across one of these in a while but, you just never know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Traditional for Spring since I-don’t-know-when. Red, white and blue nautical and sailor motifs have been standard fare forever when the new February fashions come around. This one is a perfect handkerchief to carry in my “newest” purses! No well-groomed mid-century gal would have been caught without one.
Fine cotton with a neatly hand-finished edge. I’ve never seen a design like this before, though hankies for daily use were just as common as packs of paper tissues are now. Most seemed to have floral motifs, however, so I cherish something unique like this one; also souvenir hankies and other unusual pictorial designs.
True vintage accessories are always fun and daily-use items like this example are rarely found in such pristine condition. My discovery experiences have been full of amazing surprises lately and they’ll keep on comin’. Stay tuned . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
These are definitely for Fourth of July! I have a purse from the same era that they’re almost a match for. Also, they’re great nautical colors that are popular in the Spring and Fall. However, the closed toe can be worn any time of year.
Another fab find in wonderful condition. Chunky low heels, a raised vamp – perfect mid-late 1960’s style. This is so much fun . . . . .
True vintage house-dresses are some of my favorite finds because they are always so cute, easy to wear all year long and each one has different details to discover. Gingham fabric is always top of the list. It’s fun to find so many different colors besides the wonderful, classic red/white and blue/white combos!
The most outstanding feature of this dress is the lace around the collar – it’s just different from anything that is made now.
I really love 100% cotton fabric in blouses and dresses like this, but often find that even the older ones are a cotton-poly blend. Clothing makers were creative with blended and synthetic fabrics in the Forties when some of the usual materials were diverted for use in making things for the WWII effort. In the Fifties they began concentrating on making fabrics easy-care – less or no ironing needed and easier to wash – but I still find wonderful 100% cottons, too.
So, we’ve benefited and lost from these changes in the marketplace over the past few decades. There’s nothing like the true vintage fabrics, no matter what type they are, but I love the innovations that made improvements in them, too. Each decade has it’s own wonderful fabrics!
It’s been so much fun to learn all these things from my experience in the field – always looking forward to the next investigation . . . . . . .