A LITTLE SHOUT-OUT TO MY FOLLOWERS

No secret transmissions here, just a big THANK YOU to my regular viewers and visitors who keep coming back to the Magicvintagespy’s archives of true vintage wardrobe files. Although I’m not involved in any current investigations right now, the file room is very big, with lots to see. Really appreciate y’all enjoying my fun with me. Will be beginning another overhaul of the evidence room in December, so stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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KENNEDY ERA LITTLE BLACK COCKTAIL DRESS #1

This baby has a good pedigree – Saks Fifth Avenue. Made from, what else? – rayon crepe. The stand collar was super-popular at that time, with the expected fancy trim. This dress is, of course, fully-lined and well-cut. The style is nothing revolutionary, but you can’t beat this kind of quality.

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MORE CLOSET CLEAN-OUT! STARTING WITH THE 1950’S

So, I dug out some more things to vett and chose 3 dresses to sell online. I’ve shown them all to you a few years ago, but I know that many haven’t seen them and some won’t remember! As always, hate to part with my beauties but I haven’t worn this one in a while. It’s a really sweet little number in rayon with that lovely sheer mesh bodice that was popular post-WWII.

And, of course, the velvet ribbon trim and little flowers with rhinestone centers. Boy, they sure loved to decorate frocks during that early mid-century time. No maker’s label, so it was probably a union-made piece, but the size tag tells me that it’s a Junior size aimed at the teen and young women’s markets. It’s LBD time in this series. Next I’ll show you a couple of cocktail frocks from the early Sixties . . . . . . . . . . .. . .

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IN THE BACK OF MY CLOSET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

I’ve had this one for a long time – really cute Swirl wrap dress from the early 1960’s. Had relegated it to the back of the closet because of a little minor damage and almost forgotten about it. The bandana ties on the shoulders are not original – I put them there to disguise a little color fade. Cute, no? Now that the hot weather is really upon us, I’ll be wearing it again. The wrap tie makes a good fit without fussy buttons or the need of a zipper. Just one button at the back of the neck. Swirl made nice casual dresses and I’ve got another one, plus a home-sewn version. These were very popular!

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MID-CENTURY SUMMER SHIFT IN A LARGE SIZE

I was fortunate, another time, to find a true vintage dress in a large size. This time it’s also much older – dating from the 1960’s to early 1970’s, but the buttons are probably from the 1940’s or Fifties. Needless to say, it’s a home-sewn garment; very simply- but well-made. The good construction also speaks to its age because most women stopped sewing clothing after the Seventies and lost their skills. The fabric is pretty but not high-quality. If you can zoom in on the buttons, they are the best part of this dress, to me, aside from the true vintage heritage.

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1980’S -1990’S FLORAL SUMMER FROCK

In the same general category of yesterday’s dress but miles ahead stylistically, this frock is lightweight and comfortable. The lovely print is a common type from the Eighties and Nineties and looks as though it could be for an English country tea dress. This garment wasn’t made by any established fashion manufacturer but is a one-off custom construction. Pretty nice!

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1960’S SUMMER SHEATH FOR THE COUNTRY CLUB SET

Here we have (ahem) a very conservative and pedigreed frock made by Flutterbye. It’s well-tailored and no one would say you’d put a foot wrong when wearing it. Perfect for the horsey set. What more is there to say? Therefore, it would make an outstanding disguise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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BEAUTIFUL 1950’S – EARLY ’60’S FEATHER HAT

I love this gorgeous hat SO much. Although I wish that the feathers had stayed on the birds, it’s OK to forgive the cluelessness of vintage fashion manufacturers and customers as we work to see that the retail markets for furs, feathers and skins are ended forever. We can still enjoy the beauty of these antique pieces while they last. Faux fashions that are almost identical are now available and getting better all the time.

For women who love hats, the 1940’s through 1960’s were a real heyday. Hats can be so flattering! I’ll have more to show as I select others which I can bear to part with. The biggest issue about a collection is that they require so much room to store them properly. This one’s a little bitty an too small for me, so that makes it easier to let it go. Still, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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BACK TO THE 1960’S FUTURE FOR A SOPHISTICATED LADY

An early to mid ’60’s dinner or cocktail dress, similar to the mint green frock shown a few days ago but this one is not so “sweet” in design. It’s also made from a heavy fabric in faux brocade but has a satin sheath underneath and deep side slits with scrolled piping accents that give it an Asian look and a sophisticated touch. Sleeveless style also was a bit more daring back in that day.

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BRIGHT MID-CENTURY DAY DRESS FROM A TIME OF AUSTERITY

Love the color, the atomic print and collar shape. I believe that this dress was made during the 1940’s, when sewing materials were hard to come by. However, if so, our seamstress didn’t skimp on the hemline. What tells me that this may have been a wartime dress or sewn at a time when money was scarce is the lightweight material in some kind of synthetic and the very pared-down design. The bright color and au courant print for that time speak to how wartime women and manufacturers rose to the challenges during a very difficult era and held on to their fashion-sense.

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