OKAY, FOLLOWERS: OLDIES, NEWBIES AND VISITORS

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I see that some of the possible scheduling wonky-ness has already started.  Oh, well – it WAS Halloween, and these things can happen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

especially when we are about to go away from Headquarters, on a new Investigation.  Schedules go out the window and mysterious happenings abound.  Anyway, I beg your indulgence and suggest that you stay tuned.

It’s just about a solid parade of recent FINDS coming your way for the next 5 – 6 weeks, not to mention anything more that shows up between now and then!  In fact, 5 more treasures were discovered yesterday which I will be documenting this morning.

While in the field,  I’ll also keep you posted on any observations and surprising revelations.  Naturally, the modeling team will be on a well-deserved vacation so we’ll have to bear up without their help with photographic displays.

As always, it’s an exciting time and – you just never know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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NEXT FIND – TRUE VINTAGE 1950’S/EARLY 1960’S HAND-MADE HOUSE DRESS

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Gingham again – it’s always classic and often found in lots of casual clothing from mid-century.   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In this example, we have a custom-tailored design – sort of Western-wear, but just CUTE! Simple shift style, but when I wear it I’ll probably add a belt and cinch the waist.  The ruffle at the hem, cross-stitch decoration and interesting elbow-length sleeves all make it unique and would even be a good Halloween costume.

Dresses with these features were popular in mid-century in the United States, when there was a big Western/cowboy craze going on.  Ever hear of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans?  I’ve learned so much by being interested in true vintage fashion!  Happy trails to you, until we meet again.  Have fun tonight – arroooooooooooooooooo . .. . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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A VERY FUN TRUE VINTAGE DISCOVERY – MOD SUPER SIXTIES SHOES!

IMG_1488 These are definitely for Fourth IMG_1489of 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 . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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TRUE VINTAGE GINGHAM HOUSE – DRESS FROM 1961, WITH PRETTY VINTAGE LACE

IMG_1490 IMG_1491True 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 . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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OPENING THE TREASURE CHEST – TRUE VINTAGE LABELS ARE SO MUCH FUN

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Classic true vintage ’40’s – early ’50’s style, custom-tailored by Rosalie Couturier.  I loved finding this dressmaker’s personal label in the waistband of this beautiful frock!  What a nice surprise since it was hidden.  The best labels, like this one, were embroidered on cloth.

It’s amazing that this beautiful garment has survived 60 – 70 years in such wonderful condition.  Its original owner obviously loved it and cared for it well.

Lovely rayon fabric, with stitched-in pleats on front and back – bodice and skirt.  So many little hand-done details.  Beautiful, big sculpted shell buttons, fabric-covered belt.  A little wear there on the buckle, but that is the only flaw.

And, when I got it home it fit Stella beautifully.  Perfection!

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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RARE, RARE ANTIQUE FIND!!! LADIES’ HAND-MADE CAPELET – 100 YEARS OLD??????

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA           What a huge surprise to

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA discover this little gem!  It’s a OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA capelet that may be from Victorian or OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEdwardian times – maybe someone planned to take it on the Titanic voyage!!!  (From the looks of it, maybe it went on the Titanic voyage).  It’s so old that many theories and stories about it’s history could be possible. Some woman wore this covering her shoulders over a dress.  It might have been an evening gown, a day-dress or mourning dress – maybe a costume specialist could tell.

Manufactured trim with antique beads is sewn around the neck and the hem of the capelet.  So many hand-stitches!

As you can see, the outer layer of fabric is in tatters, but the black, silky lining is pristine.  If the cape were flipped inside out, the beading trim  removed and transferred to the other side with a replacement liner made it would be almost new again!  Even though non-sewers might think so, it’s not a big job.

Just amazing.  I haven’t decided whether I will want to restore it and wear it, sell it to another collector or donate it to a theater or museum.  As always, it just goes to show that – you just never know . . . . . . . . . ..

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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JUST FOUND!! A BEAUTIFUL TRUE VINTAGE LOUNGE DRESS FOR SUMMER – PATIO PARTY, HERE I COME . . . . .

IMG_1481Despite the gradually-cooling temps, I’m ready for the BBQ – maybe not the volleyball or badminton game.  This gown was custom-tailored of a beautiful fabric (look at those colors to die for!)  Though synthetics are often not the most desirable material, that’s one thing that most have going for them – the way they take and hang on to colors.

Probably polyester, but it’s got an uncommon finish that feels almost like moleskin and a nice drape.  This is a perfect outfit for the iconic American entertaining genre – the Patio Party, inaugurated in the early 1960’s along with the basement party room with built-in bar.  Pretty soon, the days of the chic living-room cocktail party were over – replaced by the Cha-Cha party downstairs and the Patio Party & cook-out in the back yard.

Save those LBD’s for dinner dates.  It’s easier to do the Twist and the Limbo in shorts, capris or a long, loose skirt, not to mention a bikini – but I’m not exactly sure where the Pool Party got started.  Probably Hollywood, or Miami, or . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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