Friday, August 29, 2008

1960s Gold Embroidered Dress

The art of Gustav Klimt inspires the design of the embroidery work on a 1960's dress. Embroidered appliques are attached with swirls of gold stitching for a 3 dimensional effect.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Vintage 1950's Rose Print Wiggle Dress

Multiple rows of stitching at the side waist create small gathers of shirring giving the waist panel a cummerbund look in this 1950s rose print wiggle dress.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

1960s Silk Suit Jacket

A true indication of fine quality is a covered snap. The metal snap fastener is covered by hand with lightweight lining fabric, so that it co-ordinates with the garment when exposed. This snap is found at the front opening of a suit jacket.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Vintage 1950s Light Pink Sheer Nylon Ruffled Sleeve Top Blouse

A 3/4 sleeve is tiered with fluted pleated ruffled trim creating a lettuce leaf edge hem on this 50s sheer pink nylon blouse top.

Monday, August 25, 2008

1980s Ricki Lang Party Dress

Applique is a surface pattern made by cutting a design from fabric or lace and attaching it to another fabric using embroidery or machine stitching. Here black velvet appliques are sewn with zig-zag machine stitches to black taffeta. Swirls of sequins add to the effect.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Vintage 1960s Brigance for Sinclair Light Blue Plaid Playsuit Bathing Suit

Inverted box pleats give the skirted area on this Brigance swimsuit a flirty flare while the matching plaid adds visual interest. The skirt forms culottes with bloomers underneath.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

1960s Beaded Wool Cocktail Dress

Sequins, beads, and pearls add sizzle to a 1960's cocktail dress that was made in Hong Kong.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

1950s Alix of Miami Sun Dress

Curving tucks give added visual interest to the bodice of a body-hugging 1950s sun dress by Alix of Miami.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

1960s Black Wool Dress

Black soutache braid, scroll braid, and dingle balls accent the collar on a 1960s wool dress.

Monday, August 18, 2008

1980s Chevron Pattern Swimsuit

Alternating panels of pink and white are seamed to form a chevron pattern on a 1980's Catalina swimsuit.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

1960s Gold & Silver Brocade Cocktail Suit

Real metal threads form an elaborate silver and gold brocade pattern on a black base fabric. Two piece set originally sold by Neiman Marcus

Friday, August 15, 2008

Vintage 1960s Mr Dino Signature Pants & Top Outfit

Reputable fashion designers would have their signatures appear in prints and fabrics. Some of these include Mr. Dino, Alfred Shaheen, Emilio Pucci, and Vera Neumann. Other Fashion houses would supply the designer name in the fabric at the seams of garments such as Fortuny and Catalina. Can you name some others?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

1950s Hattie Carnegie Coat

A large flap lifts to reveal a welted slash pocket on a 1950's Hattie Carnegie silk Princess coat.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Vintage 1950s Chiffon Overlay Pat Sandler Dress

Three dimensional chiffon floral petals with raffia stamens at the center create a dramatic hemline treatment.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

1960s Ribbon Lace Suit

Seed beads and crystal teardrops form beaded fringe at the empire waist seam of a 1960's ribbon lace dress with matching coat.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Vintage 1970s Asian Embroidered Ethnic Blouse Cover-Up

While embroidery has been around as long as clothing has, computerized machine stitch embroidery began in the 1970's and became very popular in the 80's as costs for machines, designs and software began to get more economical. Fill stitches, satin stitches and running stitches are typical for machine embroidery. Detail shows the outside (left) and inside of fabric.

Friday, August 8, 2008

1930s Wool Crepe Coat

A waist dart intersects curving seams that give fullness to the skirt in a late 1930s coat.