Friday, January 30, 2009

1950s Sundress with Matching Sweater

Rows of horizontal pintucks, prairie points, and lace decorate the bodice of a 50's sundress and the opening of the matching sweater. A prairie point is a triangular shaped edge made by folding and overlapping squares of fabric. It's a very labor intensive treatment.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Vintage 40s Del Mar Black Satin Bare Midriff Swimsuit

Vintage mid 1940's stretch satin swimsuit has a triangular shaped cutout in the midriff with a pleated style bottom. Swimsuits designers had to reduce the fabric in swimwear by 10% because of war time restrictions.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

1950s Pink Full Skirt Dress

More eyelet embroidery, this time forming a hem border on a 1950's pale pink cotton dress.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Vintage 1960s Mike Benet Satin Gown

Vintage 1960s Mike Benet Satin gown bodice is covered with swirls of aurora borealis sequins which extend down the front column of the dress.

Monday, January 26, 2009

1960s Day Dress

Instead of darts, fullness for the bust comes from tucks radiating out from the neckline on the 1960's day dress.

Friday, January 23, 2009

1950s Black Wool Skirt Suit

Bound buttonholes give a polished look to a 1950's Black wool tailored skirt suit. Bound buttonholes are usually used on heavy weight fabrics.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

1950s Eyelet Dress

Eyelet embroidery decorates sheer cotton organdy fabric in this 1950's dress. Eyelet embroidery is defined as holes punched out with embroidery worked around the edges by hand or on a Schiffli machine.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Vintage 60s Pink Floral Cocktail Dress with Peplum

A peplum is styled into a 1960s dress which creates an overskirt. The floral acetate fabric is covered with pink nylon giving a dimensional look to the fabric.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

1960s Sarong Dress

Tucks at the side waist form the drape of a wrapped sarong skirt on this 1960's dress.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Vintage 60s Miss Elaine Coral Peignoir

A vintage 1960's Miss Elaine robe has a lace edged 3/4 bell sleeve with an elasticized band just below the cap of the shoulder.

Friday, January 16, 2009

1940s Beaded Purse

Seed beads are applied in a circular pattern on the bottom of a 1940's purse.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Vintage Musical Notes Blouse

A vintage novelty print blouse has two keyhole openings sewn into the collar.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

1940s Plus Size Swing Dress

Cute punched leather circles attached with a leather strip form the buttons on a 1940's swing dress in a plus size.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Vintage 60s Flapper Style Dress

Free hanging fabric panels create a flapper style look to this 1960's Ivory crepe dress.

Monday, January 12, 2009

1940s Plus Size Gabardine Dress

Tiny metal studs and rhinestones form a design that accents the pocket on a late 1940's plus sized gabardine dress.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Early 1900s Edwardian Swimsuit

The bust line on the bodice of a cotton Edwardian swimsuit is piped in Ivory with three working buttons as a closure device.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

1970s Rose Taft Evening Gown

Hundreds of hand-set crystal rhinestones form an elaborate design on a late 1970's evening gown by Rose Taft Couture.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Vintage 60s Monogram *D* Collar Houndstooth Coat

A vintage 1960's houndstooth coat has a large embroidered monogram on the large knit shawl collar.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

1940s Plus Size Dress

Eyelet embroidery accents the collar and hip band on a late 1940's plus size day dress. The hip band hides the openings for pockets.

Monday, January 5, 2009

1980s Strapless Black Lace Dress

Elasticized shirring on the back of this vintage 80's strapless black lace dress gives a body conscious fit.

Friday, January 2, 2009

1940s Cocktail Dress

Black lace appliques are backed with pink satin to help them stand out from the black crepe of this late 1940's cocktail dress. Scattered rhinestones also accent the front of the dress.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

1970s Alice of California Gown

A 1970's Alice of California maxi dress has a raised paisley brocade against a base floral design in the fabric creating a dynamic texture.