$ 269.00Stunning late 1800s day dress in iridescent chocolatey brown satin taffeta. Skirt is a full A line shape with a box pleat at the back of the waist and room for a bustle as its longer in back. The bottom 10 inches or so has a stiff lining that helps it hold its full shape as you waft through a room. There is the littlest bit of hairbrush fringing along the bottom of the skirt. It literally "sweeps the floor"! :) Hook and eyes slightly off center up the front. And a hook on the back to attach to the bodice. The bodice in lined in the most wonderful stripey silk in cream and brown. Oh how I wish Etsy would give us a couple more photos so I could show you! High neck that closes with more hook and eyes, wonderful pleats all down the front, and the prettiest ivory lace trim that goes up the front and then swings all round the back of the shoulders. The sleeves on this... so amazing. There is a sleek over-sleeve with just the slightest leg-o-mutton poufing at the shoulders. Under that over-sleeve is a secondary sleeve that is made of the same striped silk down to just above the wrists where it then becomes a fully leg-o-mutton cuff with more lace trim and more hook and eye closures. The bodice has the coordinating hook and eye to attach to the one on the skirt. There is boning all round, armpit protectors by Kleinert ( they're marked, oh joy! And Kleinert was founded in 1869) which have thankfully kept the armpit staining and it's subsequent disintegration of the fabric at bay, yay!!! This is truly an amazing ensemble.
$ 179.00Drop waisted, easy fit, divine navy rayon crepe, this 1920s dress has it all. Buttons up the front with gold buttons that I actually suspect are quite a bit older than the dress itself. Gorgeous coffin pleats all round the skirt, short cuffed sleeves, mandarin style collar, and oh those buttons! About a medium size I'd say, and have I mentioned those great buttons?
$ 30.00What an amazing piece of old Hollywood Memorabilia! Wonderful scarf features the 1939 Paramount Pictures animated film "Gulliver's Travels". Feels like a rayon or possibly a silk blend. No designer label, but it does say that it was licensed by Paramount. Measures about 20" by 20". One of the funnest ( is that a word?) things I've had in my shop!
$ 199.00This is exquisite! Delicious black wool Mexican full skirt circa late 40s or 50s. Looks like a full circle from that hip seam down. Look at that multi color floral embroidery in Day of the Dead colors! I've shown it with an added crinoline that's not included to really display that embroidery, but its equally gorgeous without it. Unlined, and I believe this is felted wool. Hook and eyes at the side waist and a metal zipper. No label. Small size. Gosh I wish it fit me!
$ 96.00Beautiful vintage black rayon dress from the 1940s. This dress is as amazing in front as in back. There is a Peter pan collar, with smocking underneath that nd again at the waist, and then coffin pleating in between. Beautiful wide fitted waist then a loose pleated skirt. Short sleeves with more pleats in them. Then in back is a fun keyhole opening underneath the metal zipper at the back of the neck. You could stitch that up if you wanted, and indeed it may have been originally. But I like it so much as is so I left it. There is more pleating here in back as well. And to top it all off, this darling little loose buckled half belt! Small to medium size, I'd say. No label.
$ 169.00This is a stunning party dress from the later 1940s, or early 1950s in black velvet with that glorious tulle skirt! The skirt is three layers. The bottom is an opaque lining of maybe rayon or acetate. Then there is a layer of soft fine tulle, then the top layer is a stiff tulle embellished with small velvet dots glued to it. Has metal zipper on the side. No label. Slightly dolman capped sleeve, gathered along the shoulder line and embellished with a velvet bow. Thread loops for a belt but alas no belt. My trick is too use grosgrain ( or velvet) ribbon in whatever color you like to create a tie on belt! Probably a small to medium.
$ 189.00Perfectly perfect little summer sundress from the 1940s. Stunning red flowers and butterflies on an off-white background. Velvet trim round the top of the bodice. Halter style. The bodice is lined in acetate, and the skirt is lined in something that is like a sheer organdy or organza I believe. The dress has a side metal zipper, and, ta dah! an included separate crinoline--see last photo. Cotton, I believe, and extra small to small sized. The crinoline has a hook and eye closure and the waist band is the same flower fabric, the rest is tulle. Label says : Ethel Allen Stamford. One of my favorites in the shop right now.
$ 79.00Isn't this lovely? I wish it fit me, I'm a sucker for floral prints like this. Pretty ballet pink 1940s nightgown covered in deeper pink roses. Plunging V Neck with amazing soutache detail and a low V back. Super soft and silky, feels like a rayon to me, so comfy! No label, or actually there is but its so faded its not readable. I'd say its about a smallish medium.
$ 199.00Utterly divine vintage late 40s full length New Look party dress in deep pink roses on a cream background. This is a sheer chiffon fabric over a rayon acetate type lining. Both chiffon layer and lining feature the same floral print for twice the flower fun! 3/4 length Cuffed Dolman sleeves, the most gorgeous collar finished off with a big pussy bow. There is a matching belt that goes with this dress that I've shown in the last photo but you can also wear it without as its not attached. Utterly gorgeous! Full skirt though not quite a full circle, and I elected not to show it with a crinoline because I didn't have the right length crinoline for it, though its full enough for one. Metal zipper at the front of the waist, and then three matching fabric covered buttons up the bodice. This is the PRETTIEST dress and perfect for just about any event. Feels like cotton to me. Extra small. Label reads: Jay Thorpe, New York. Jay Thorpe was one of the best fashion shops in New York during the 20s -50s. It featured couture and designer French and in-house fashions.
$ 159.00This is such a great dress! There are three pieces to it. First layer is the beautiful dusty rose colored slip, probably a rayon or acetate. It has spaghetti straps and a metal zipper up the side. It would be a darling dress all on its own! Then there is the actual overdress. Its a pewter silver color, woven of ribbons. Also probably a rayon or something similar. It has short sleeves, a cute collar and four very charming copper-ey buttons up the front --though those buttons are decorative only. It actually fastens with hidden snaps up the front. At one piunt someone added some elastic to the waist, I do not believe this was original. The third piece is the matching ribbon belt. The belt is really interesting. It closes with a hook but there are three snaps on the inside that you can adjust the belt to make it fit better. Its hard to describe, but needless to say is very clever! The underside of it is leather. There is no label.I'd say this is a mediumish size.
$ 66.00Lovely cotton velvet dress from the 1940s in darkest forest green. Has metal zipper on the side, and buttons up the front of the bodice. The label reads: Trudy hall Jrs. Slightly dolman sleeve, short, with a cuff embellished with a looped trim that is matched on the collar. Two wonderful hip pockets built into the pleating of the skirt. Thread loops for a belt and happily the belt is still with us and in matching green velvet. Probably a small.
$ 58.00Gorgeous little vintage sweater from about the 1950s. Sweet pale blue color shot through embroidered with scroll flourishes in two darker shades of blue. Pearlized buttons up the front. Long sleeved cardigan style. Medium size, I'd say. Label reads: Goepple Sportswear Mills Inc., Orlon, Acrylic Fiber
$ 52.00This is the most charming and perfect little dress for late Summer transitioning into Autumn. Orange barkcloth 60's mod dress with yellow trim and the cutest floss flowers on the front. To me they look like yellow dandelions! Sleeveless with a higher neckline, knee length skirt, metal zipper up the back. This is a wiggle style, but a little easier fitting in the waist, which is nice. Small to extra small I'd say. There is no designer label though there was once. There is a size tag that says 6, but this is a vintage size so please refer to the measurements as vintage sizing isn't the same as modern.
$ 69.00Lovely little Victorian mourning shawl or collar. I've had this in my personal collection for years but its time to let it find its new home. This is made of several black lace squares trimmed with ivory silk ribbon all sewn together to form a shawl. Every panel has an ivory crochet flower with silk ribbon leaves sewn into the center of it. There are 2 tiny hooks where it comes together in front but no eyes, I believe it just hooks onto some of the thread stitches, and there are two ivory velvet and lace appliques in the shape of Victorian hearts and flowers. The velvet is still so soft in the center of the flowers, I just want to rub it against my cheeks all day. No label. Pretty much one size fits most I'd say.
$ 88.00 - Sold OutStunning 1910s Edwardian girls dress. White cotton with what miles and miles of exquisite broderie anglaise cutwork lace. Tiny pintucking down the bodice and around the skirt. Slight drop waist, 3/4 sleeves, scoop neckline, trimmed in more of that broderie anglaise, and it appears that much of the stitching if not all of it was done by hand. Tiny buttons down the back. It appears as though some of the buttons have been replaced at various times as they are not all the same ( though very close, so not noticeably different unless one is really looking for it). There is no label. I'm not very educated in sizing girls dresses, but this is for an older child, not a toddler and certainly not a baby. Please refer to the measurements I've given below.
$ 399.00Super special and still quite wearable. This dress is right from the earliest 1900s. Oatmeal colored, heavyweight, nubby textured natural fabric, feels like a cotton/linen barkcloth. Embellished with beautiful oatmeal colored crochet lace at sleeve cuff and along the neckline. There are also numerous little crochet appliques stitched in various places. You can see some of the areas where this was sewn by hand, but some of it is early machine sewn. There are still some of the original hook and eye closures remaining but others have been replaced with more contemporary ones, and I do not believe the buttons at the waist are original either. It is unlined, and there is no label. Many of the seam edges have been finished with an extra layer of light cotton or musllin to keep them from unraveling :) . Small to extra small.
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