“NEW” FIND – TRUE VINTAGE 1960’S – 1970’S HALTER SUNDRESS BY PARADE – NEW YORK

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This little beauty has such a wonderful fit, because it’s adjustable!  The neckline and waist closures are so unique – wrapping straps that hook like a belt, with several holes to choose from.  Never seen one like this before!

I just love discovering these interesting and unusual tailoring and design details.  In this example, it’s so ingenious yet so simple.  A bit confusing at first look, but makes perfect sense and works beautifully.

The fabric and the fit are ultra-flattering and so cool and carefree for summer.  It’s a high-quality construction by a well-known, if smallish, vintage clothing maker and in perfect condition.  Sweet!

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PLANNING SOME SPRING CLEANING THIS WEEKEND? DO IT IN TRUE VINTAGE 1940’S STYLE . . . . . . . . . ..

PLANNING SOME SPRING CLEANING THIS WEEKEND?  DO IT 1940'S STYLE . . . . . . . . . ..

Some of you may remember that I have several day dresses made in this wrap style, but this one is distinctive.   It was made by (or modeled after one made by) a clothing company in the 1940’s which  sold this style as a house dress.  I have seen a re-print of their newspaper or magazine ad.

Nothing could be simpler or more comfy than this design.  It is practical (see the big pockets) and easy for bending and stretching into those dusty corners and down to those dirty floors.  If you don’t get too dirty, it looks nice enough to make a quick run to the market in.

This was a practical Mother’s Little Helper (before Mrs. Robinson changed the tune on that one completely) and was sold as such.  Who would have known . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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ANOTHER TRUE VINTAGE WRAP-AROUND DRESS BY SWIRL

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ANOTHER TRUE VINTAGE WRAP-AROUND DRESS BY SWIRL

Remember the red wrap-around by Swirl that I showed a few days ago? Here’s another of their creations, in the same basic design but with a very different feel.

Embroidered white flowers on china blue. It’s another one that I love and is so wearable.

These casual day dresses are some of the best things to find because they don’t require a “special occasion” to wear them and don’t need a lot of careful handling. My closets are full of dresses like this and I enjoy them daily!

Some of the most valuable things don’t have to be kept in a safe . . . . . . . . . . ..

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A FAVORITE TRUE VINTAGE DRESS FROM THE LATE ’50S – EARLY ’60’S BY SWIRL

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A FAVORITE TRUE VINTAGE DRESS FROM THE LATE '50S - EARLY '60'S BY SWIRL

This dress is one of my favorites from the 1950’s/early 1960’s. I have one or two others, and the style is very distinctive.  Applique’ decorations are a lot of fun on these older items, too.

It was made by Swirl and is a wrap-around. Easy to
wear with a flattering fit. One piece, with a belt that slips through and then ties in front.

I put the bandana bows on the shoulders due to some fade there (a common problem with true vintage items, due to storage) – and I like them! They go great with the cute flower.

Never fails to get compliments.  With some little red sandals, or even Keds . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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A FAVORITE TRUE VINTAGE DRESS FROM THE LATE ’50S – EARLY ’60’S BY SWIRL

A FAVORITE TRUE VINTAGE DRESS FROM THE LATE '50S – EARLY '60'S BY SWIRL.

A FAVORITE TRUE VINTAGE DRESS FROM THE LATE ’50S – EARLY ’60’S BY SWIRL

A FAVORITE TRUE VINTAGE DRESS FROM THE LATE '50S – EARLY '60'S BY SWIRL.

TRUE VINTAGE 1970’S WRAP SKIRT

TRUE VINTAGE 1970'S WRAP SKIRT.

TRUE VINTAGE 1970’S WRAP SKIRT

TRUE VINTAGE 1970'S WRAP SKIRT

Stuck in the ’70’s for a day or two – this skirt is an example of a popular style from the middle of the 1970’s. The skirt wraps around with a long tie belt and has a design sewn on one side.

This one was made by JOYCE. According to my experience, they made nice sportswear, including shoes. I think that the label is long gone, or they merged with another company.

If you could zoom in on the design, you would see that it has been stitched on by machine. This is still a very well-made item (don’t you love the little ruffle around the hem?) but not up to the standard of 20 years before, like we just saw in my FINDERS’ CLUE photo.

Oh, well – it’s still the cutest thing ever and worth collecting. VERY Country Club, with a nice little blouse which I’ll be showing later . . . . . . . .

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FABULOUS FABRIC IS THE SECRET OF THIS TRUE VINTAGE 1960’S WRAP DRESS

FABULOUS FABRIC IS THE SECRET OF THIS TRUE VINTAGE 1960'S WRAP DRESS.

FABULOUS FABRIC IS THE SECRET OF THIS TRUE VINTAGE 1960’S WRAP DRESS

FABULOUS FABRIC IS THE SECRET OF THIS TRUE VINTAGE 1960'S WRAP DRESS

Through till Monday or so, it’s all about details. This dress doesn’t look like much on the hanger – it’s a custom-tailored wrap dress that needs the body to define it’s shape.

The most interesting points about it are in the construction. It’s a fun style that buttons off-side and has hidden inside ties to shape the waist and tame the overlap.

The seamstress used little metallic buttons and the fabric has gold accents on some of the flowers in the print. It has an Asian flavor to the style and the floral designs.

So far, you’re still saying “OK, ho hum, so what? I see stuff that looks like this all the time.” The big deal in this dress, to my vintage-spotting eye, is the fabric.

It is a closely-woven 100% cotton that looks and feels like nothing new. The best way that I can describe the “hand” (feel) of it is if your grandmother still has cotton sheets from the 1940’s or 1950’s that have gotten soft with wear over the years, but are still strong.

The fabric also has a polish. Good polished cotton is rarely, if ever, seen in modern clothing.

So, that’s the secret of this casual dress and what makes it special. . . . . . . . . . . .

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