$ 24.00I love the lavender-ey pink color of this pretty party dress. Its circa 1950s or early 60s. Would have had a little bolero jacket or top over the bodice and the hooks for that are still there. Its too small for my dress form by a bit so it's pinned in back but the zipper works great. This is an opaque layer of acetate or rayon with a sheer chiffon that feels like a poly maybe over the top. Full skirt but not a full circle, would be great with a crinoline, which I have not shown it with here. Sleeveless, wide waistband with a pellon lining to help it hold its shape. Zipper in the back. No label. Please see condition below as it has some issues. Small size, I'd say. Or extra small.
$ 35.00Very special black lace illusion dress over a dark mauvey pink under layer of, I believe, faille. Tooo small for my dress forms so I've pinned her here. Flirty cap sleeves, full skirt though not a full circle, and the most gorgeous black velvet bow under the bust. Metal zipper up the back. Label reads: Original Lilli Diamond of California Also good for a costume or as a pattern or study. Extra small. Please read condition below.
$ 210.00If you know vintage designers you'll know why this dress is priced as it is regardless of its issues. This is a Ceil Chapman, designer to Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Deborah Kerr among many many others. This is from the 1950s. Beautiful goldish satin taffeta base covered in ivory tulle and utterly dripping in faux pearl beads and sequins with rhinestone centers. Its stunning. There's just no other word for it. There is a layer of tulle along the inside bottom hem, about the last ten inches, to give the hem some shape and movement. There is a metal zipper on the side. Two labels. One reads Ceil Chapman of course. That's on the side. The one behind the neck reads Hollywood, Wilkes Barre, PA. Please read condition below as this ha some issues.
$ 25.00Fantastic vintage 50 wiggle dress in silk satin damask with silver embroidery and gold velvet soutache. This is a true wiggle as there is no split in the skirt. Sleeveless tank style with a low v back. Fully lined in silk. She's too small for my dress forms so I've pinned her on. There is no specific designer label but it does have a label that says it was "Made In British Crown Colony of Hong Kong" This dress is still wearable but does have issues, thus being in my scratch and dent section. Please see below.
$ 20.00Pretty peacock blue maxi dress form the 60s. Chiffon over a satin lining which is itself lined in something that feels like a light rayon or possibly silk blend. Sleeveless, higher scooped neck and slightly lower back. Buttons up the back. There is a zipper up the back on the lining and then little buttons up the back on the chiffon. In the photo the zipper on the lining is undone. No label. Small to medium I'd say. Please see condition below.
Good vintage condition. The satin layer is actually in great condition, the only thing I've been able to spot on that is a faint watermark on the skirt and some minor color fade and a small amount ( maybe an inch long) of disintegration in the armpits. One could open up those armpits and make them a little bigger, cutting out the damaged bit completely. The chiffon is another story unfortunately. Its falling apart in several places, and the rest has faded areas. I think I'd just remove it entirely and maybe recycle the good parts of it for something else. The satin in this would make a lovely dress on its own. Also, the zipper on this dress needs to be repaired. Priced accordingly and why its in my Scratch and Dent section and as is.
Measurements when lying flat. Doubled at bust and waist.
Armpit to armpit across bust: 35"
Shoulder to Waist: 16"
Shoulder to bottom hem: 57"
Please note: These are vintage, preworn and/or preloved items. I do my best to list any issues, but signs of wear should be expected. Please feel free to convo me with any questions. I'm truly happy to help in any way possible and I'm always up for a chat. Any accessories shown, including crinolines, are for display only, not included unless otherwise stated.
$ 219.00This is a stunning dress from the 1920s, possibly early 30s in the softest, most delicious, black silk velvet. It is tooo small for my dress forms so I pinned her to show her shape. Look at that gorgeous antiqued gold tone beading round the neckline! There is a ruched ribbon of black velvet going down the bib of the bodice which is echoed at the sleeve cuffs. The cuffs have hook and eye closures. There is a slight drop waist with an asymmetrical waist seam for a bohemian, gypsy feel. There is no opening in this dress ( no zipper or snaps or anything, it merely pulls over the head) so do be sure you have room to get into it, per the measurements. There is the tiniest of labels at the back that reads: Cash's, and then a scattering of small labels with numbers on them, various sizes I suppose. Extra small to small I'd say.
$ 25.00Beautiful white cotton girls dress--or possibly a chemise top for a slightly older child. This would most likley have been the under slip beneath a christening or baptism dress. Tank style with one button holding a shoulder together to make it easier to get on a little one. Darling little art deco-ey lace trim at the bottom of the skirt and then again a few inches up. There is an interesting gather at the back, which I believe is not original to the dress. I suspect it was added at some later point to make the dress fit some little girl a bit better. I've left it but its a matter of removing a few easy stiches to take it back out, which would really help it fit that older child I spoke of.
$ 30.00Beautiful white cotton girls smock or over dress. This would most likley have been worn over a slip underneath. Longer sleeves with beautiful scalloped cuffs. Pintucking and cutwork lace at the collar then that's trimmed in the same scalloped trim as the cuffs. Empire waist, very high. Two tiny buttons at the back of the neck then its open all down the back. The bottom hem is pintucked all the way round in several rows. Its just gorgeous. I'd say this is for a slightly older baby, but do please see the measurements as child sizing is not my forte.
$ 229.00Beautiful vintage black wool blend dress circa 1920s. Gorgeous soutache in the shape of flowers on the bodice nd beautiful horizontal pintucks along the bottom skirt hem. Pretty rounded collar and snaps down the front with decorative covered buttons. Snaps at the side. There are loops for a belt but no belt. There are also snaps at the wrists on the sleeves. Medium size, I'd say. No label.
$ 99.00Absolutely wonderful and charming 1920s day dress. White rayon top with a deep V neck ( someone added a snap at some point for modesty to hold this closed) bordered in a white and blackish-green trim. There's a line of horizontal pintucking all round the bottom of the bodice. The skirt is a black crepe and just has wonderful pleating and pintucking both front and back. There's so much to love about this dress. Sleeveless, dropwaist, easy comfortable fit, and so so cute! Label reads: None. About a medium to large. Please see condition as this beauty does have some issues.
$ 80.00Beautiful vintage black crepe dress from the late 30s, or early 1940s. Tiered skirt, shoulder pads and that amazing neckline. There are two bows, one at either shoulder, and then lace over the shoulders and flutter lace cap sleeves ( see condition on these below). Has a side metal zipper and a thread loop for a belt on one side ( its gone from the other side) but no belt. Medium size, I'd say. Label reads: Lisbeth Fashions.
$ 219.00Beyond beautiful black dress from the later 1940s, or early 1950s. Makes me think of a Black Swan. The most amazing bodice with a black velvet modesty panel across the bust and then black lace and velvet straps over the shoulders. The velvet carries all down the back to a bow at the waist and extra long ends hanging down the skirt. Just gorgeous! Almost a full circle skirt. Has metal zipper on the side. No label. A lovely larger size, and great for a taller girl too! Yay! It's just a hair too big for me or I'd have kept this one for sure.
$ 219.00Beyond beautiful black dress from the later 1940s, or early 1950s. I wish wish, wish I had a dress form small enough for this so you could get the real feel for it, but it's too small so I've had to pin it. Hopefully that will be enough. Its utterly divine. The most amazing bullet shape bodice just full of gorgeous beading all round the bust front and back and then soft black tulle over the shoulders. Fantastic gather at the hip on one side and then this fall of liquid black silk satin skirt which has a small rounded cornered slit on one side. Has metal zipper on the side, but curiously on the right, not the left as usual, and yes, I've made sure which side is front and back. No label, probably homemade though very, very well by an excellent seamstress, but that may explain the zipper.
$ 56.00Darling girls party dress circa late 40 or early 50s. Ivory organza or organdy overdress with wide pintucking pleats and a Peter Pan collar, Goes over a separate acetate slip dress with a built in semi stiff woven crinoline. Fit and flare shape. I love the ricrac trim round the bottom hem. Dress has buttons up the back, slip has a metal side zipper. The dress itself is sheer. The slip is cute enough on its own to be a dress by itself nowdays. There is no label. There was, but its been cut away, so all that remains is a lot number label on the slip. About preteen size, but do check the measurements below.
$ 75.00Beautiful vintage black ribbon dress circa late 1940s or early 1950s. Wiggle style with criss cross bands of narrow ribbon. Beautifully detailed neckline. Cap sleeves. darts at the bust and a few pleats at the waist. Small shoulder pads. Feels like a silk blend or rayon to me. Has a side metal zipper. Medium to smaller large size, I'd say. Unlined. No label.
$ 62.00This is a darling gingham print nylon dress from the 1940s. Super cute collar detail! A few small gathers at the skirt at the waist at either hip. Side metal zipper. A loop for a belt at both sides but alas, no belt. Medium size, I'd say. No label.
$ 135.00Beautiful classic vintage black crepe dress from the early 1940s. Simple and elegant style with that classic 1940s shape. So the wonderful design element here is that enormous bow at the hip, finishing off the band around the hips of faille. Its not really either a peplum or polonaise as its part of the actual main body of the dress instead of draping over it, but with that additional little row of loped fringe, it sort of looks like it. I adore the itty bitty little pointed collar, the fantastic looped fringe trim at the sleeve ends and again along the edge of the faille hip panel, and the two tiny pleats, well more like darts, at the center front and back of the skirt. Has a side metal zipper. Label reads: Kay Collier, Designs For Youth Medium to large size, I'd say.
$ 65.00Beautiful vintage black lace dress circa the 1940s. Wiggle style through the body opening up into a fishtail bottom, with inserts of black sheer silk-like rayon. The neckline is trimmed in ruffled, scalloped lace, the shoulder straps are about 1.5" wide and are lined with sheer mesh for more stability and strength, and there are darts at the bust. There are loops at the waist for a belt, but no belt. I thing a black velvet ribbon tied at the waist as a belt would be beautiful here. No closure, meant to pulled on. Small size, I'd say. Unlined so a slip would be in order unless you're quite a bit braver than I. No label but you can see the remains of where one once was.
$ 96.00 - Sold OutBeautiful 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.
$ 89.00 - Sold OutThis is a stunning dress from the 1940s, possibly later 30s in black silk velvet. Has metal zipper on the side. Smocking at either shoulder from the collar, and embroidery at the cuffs and the front of the torso in the shape of little flowers. The cutest little rosette made of lace at the left breast. This embroidery gives a slightly quilted feel to these areas. Really sweet. No label. Short puffed sleeve--like a leg-o-mutton but short- small shoulder pads. Probably a small to medium.
$ 325.00Stunning 1940s wedding gown in a champagne / darker ivory satin. Absolutely beautiful! Short sleeves, shoulder pads, sweetheart neckline and princess seams, metal zipper on the side, and all these lovely flower appliques on the sleeves, bodice, down the front of the skirt and along the bottom front of the skirt. The satin on this is super soft. No label. Small size, I'd say.
$ 66.00Beautiful vintage slip from the 1940s. Winter white, with a ruffled, tiered hem. What I suspect may have happened with this dress is someone took a slip and a crinoline and sewed them together to create this full length slip. This would make such a lovely slip dress. Has a side metal zipper and the shoulder straps are adjustable. Small to medium size, I'd say. Label reads: Sears Charmode, Superior fabric, workmanship, fit, style. Feels like an acetate to me.
$ 70.00Wonderful girl scouts uniform from the 40s. Two larger hip pockets, one small breast pocket and buttons up the front. Long sleeves, and buttons at the cuffs. All the buttons bear the Girl Scout seal and I believe they are bakelite. There are two patches on the left shoulder, One says Los Angeles and the other has the troop number, 138. I believe this is cotton. The label is just wonderful. Reads: Girl Scouts, National Equipment Service, New York City, Official. Seems like an extra small to me.
$ 65.00Fantastic vintage late 40s early 50s New Look party dress in a green damask with gold flowers. She's too small for any of my dress forms so I've pinned it to Sophia ( one of my forms) here. Tank style sleeve, pleated diamond shape neckline and low back. Full skirt though not quite a full circle, metal zipper down the side. Extra small. There is no label.
$ 119.00I was lucky enough to stumble across this piece of Hollywood memorabilia. This is a real 1940s prom or party dress that was used as a costume in the 1980s cult classic, Voyage of the Rock Aliens. It was worn by Pia Zadora, the female star of the film. Bodice is boned, and is strapless. Dress is opaque pink acetate covered in dust pink tulle. The tulle is embedded with sparkling bits of glitter. Ruching and tucks over the décolletage. Metal zipper on the side. I've shown this with only a very narrow crinoline so this is almost it's natural fullness. You could add one if you wanted it even fuller though the skirt is not a full circle so you would be best to have one that's not too fluffy. Label reads: None. Small size, I'd say.
$ 68.00 - Sold OutPerfectly perfect little summer sundress circa 1940s. In a print of flowers in greens and tan with the cutest pintuck pleating down the front of the bodice. Cotton. Strapless, chevron trim round the neckline. Metal zipper on the side. Smaller sized, I'd say. No label. Such a cute dress, you will wear it all Summer long.
$ 79.00The most adorable little dress circa 1940s or 1950s. Dark turquoise background with a dark green pattern of swirls in a semi baroque shape. Wonderful tuxedo front that you can button all the way up as I've shown or leave a button or two open, 3/4 length sleeves with button cuffs, pleated full skirt, small shoulder pads. Matching fabric belt with buckle. Dress feels like a silk or rayon blend to me. Metal zipper on the side. Buttons up the front of the bib and at the wrist cuffs with the cutest little sparkly clear buttons that each have a tiny diamante in the center. with matching fabric covered buttons, topped with a tiny bow at the back of the neck. Small sized, I'd say. No label, there was once, but its been cut out. Why oh why did they do that?
$ 30.00Beautiful vintage slip from the 1940s. Tooo small for my dress forms so I've pinned her to one.Snow white with three delicate ruffled tiers at the very bottom hem. This would make such a lovely slip dress. Pulls over the head and the shoulder straps are adjustable. Small size, I'd say. Label reads: Snip It Slip. Celanese Clairanese Acetate Taffeta. And there's a size of 32, but do check the measurements as vintage sizing is not the same as modern.
$ 120.00Stunning party dress from the later 40s or possibly early 50s. Sunshine-y yellow taffeta, with a sheer mesh illusion panel round the front and back at the top of the bodice, fitted bodice with a gathered shawl type drapey collar that substitutes as cap sleeves as there are no real sleeves. Twenty seven decorative fabric covered buttons up the back, and then a long flowy skirt. Matching fingerless gloves add the perfect touch. I've shown it with a light crinoline underneath but its pretty full so you could add a bigger one or none at all. It would be equally lovely any way you wished to wear it. No label. Id say a small size.
$ 25.00Lovely little white cotton Christening or baptism dress. Wee little buttons in the back. Absolutely beautiful lace bib. Cuffed sleeves trimmed in the same lace as round the neck. The bottom of the skirt is embroidered. Empire waist.
$ 65.00Gorgeous black faille cocktail dress from about the 1950s. Wiggle dress style, sleeveless, with a scoop neck in front and lower V neck in back. That lovely big bow at the waist! Has metal zipper down the back. Label reads: Molly Modes, New York and there is a size label that says 14 but that's vintage sizing, which is not the same as modern so please refer to the measurements below. Id say this is in the medium range.
$ 75.00Beautiful vintage black lace dress circa 1950s. Wiggle style with pretty opening at the neckline and a dramatic V back. Has a side metal zipper. Fully lined in what feels like a black rayon faille. Small size, I'd say. No label.
$ 169.00Beyond beautiful black dress from the 1950s. The silkiest, liquid silk satin. Like a raven's wing. In the right light there's a hint of a blue sheen even, its that black. Fitted bodice with a slightly dropped waist. Princess seams, full skirt though not quite a full circle and you can see my very full crinoline is a bit too much for it, sleeveless and the shoulders are meant to be worn wide. Metal zipper up the back. I'd say small to medium sized. No label but made very well. Whomever made this even put a bit of blue grosgrain ribbon inside the waist horizontally which, I believe, is meant to keep the seams from pulling as its quite form fitted. Smart! Its not all the way round though, there are some long ends hanging inside so I think someone else unstitched part of it off at some point. You'll see it. Doesn't affect the exterior at all.
$ 86.00 - Sold OutIncredibly darling blue roses print fit and flare sun dress from the 1950s. Sleeveless, pleated waist , scoop neckline and a shirtwaist bodice with oversize pearlized buttons. This is just the cutest Summer dress. Extra large or larger size for sure, it's pinned to my dress form to show the shape. I've shown her with a crinoline under but she is just as sweet without and left to be loose and casual. No label. Feels like a rayon or poly or something similar.
$ 139.00 - Sold OutFantastic vintage late 50s/ early 60s New Look party dress in dusty blush lace over an opaque blush lining. Illusion neckline with rhinestones embellishments in clusters on the bodice and then scattered all over the rest of the dress. And that gorgeous taupe-y cummerbund into a HUGE bow in the back. Full skirt though not a full circle, cap sleeves, metal zipper in back. No label but there is the remnants of a lot label so there probably was a designer label at one time. Probably in the medium size range I'd say. Oh, has sweat guards too so yay for that.
$ 86.00Absolutely gorgeous 1950s batik print dress in greens and teals. Metal zipper up the back, full pleated skirt. Interesting squared off neckline, and short sleeves that are gathered with elastic at the cuff. I've seen a dress that looks like this dress's twin but in a brown batik and with sleeves that were un-gathered. based on that and my knowledge of 50s dresses, plus the way the elstic is installed, I'm going to hazard a guess that the elastic was added later. Gorgeous pleating and princess seams. Belt loops though no belt. Cotton, I believe. Small to medium size, I'd say. The print on this is just phenomenal. No label, though there is a Union Made Label.
$ 74.00Pretty vintage 1950s maxi dress in a teal Chinese brocade with touches of gold and white. She is a wee bit too small for my dress form across the back so I've just left her partly unzipped, but the zipper does work well. The brocade features a pattern of pagodas and trees. I believe it is silk. Interesting pleated bodice, wide waist, and a bubble skirt. Wide spaghetti straps. I'd say in the small size range. No label. Unlined. Metal zipper down the back.
$ 109.00Yes, THAT Gloria Swanson. She had a clothing line from 1951 to 1981. This is a perfectly perfect little summer sundress in brown and white gingham check with a matching little jacket from the very early 1950s. The dress is wiggle shape with a sweetheart neckline, no sleeves, side metal zipper and wonderful deep hip pockets embellished with soutache and diamantes. Thread loops for a belt but no belt. The jacket has short dolman cuffed sleeves, four matching fabric covered buttons, and more of that soutache and diamante trim round the collar. The front portion of the jacket's bodice is lined in solid brown but the back is unlined. There are little shoulder pads. Cotton, I believe and small-ish sized. Label reads: Gloria Swanson Original. Gosh, this is so cute!
$ 99.00Perfect harlequin pattern in two shades of cheerful green on a white background. Classic fit and flare shirtwaist style. Buttons up the front in pearly gold, snaps at the waist. The sleeves can be left down but would be even better cuffed. Pleated full skirt. No label but it looks like there was one once. About a medium size, I'd say. Thread loops for a belt but no belt alas. Looks and feels like rayon or similar.
$ 159.00I just about died when I came across this dress. Gorgeous navy blue satin from the 1950s. Ballerina style bodice, fitted, princess seams, with small cap sleeves, scoop neckline. Lower dropped waist that dis down even lower in back and with that utterly divine "bustle-like" gathering of fabric all round. There is a metal zipper up the back. No label though I suspect there may have been one once, either that or this was made by a very, very talented home seamstress. In the small range I'd say.
$ 65.00Gorgeous navy blue dress circa 1950s, possibly later 40s. Simple, classic tailored shape, sleeveless, higher scoop neckline, longer length skirt. Princess seams front and back. This fabric has the look of a linen but I don't believe it is as it doesn't seem to wrinkly like linen. Possibly some sort of lightweight cotton barkcloth or heavier muslin maybe even a rayon or something like that. Either way its soft and flowy and nice. I wish it would fit me actually, its got such classic lines. Metal zipper up the back. No label. in the medium range I'd say.
$ 129.00Stunning fit and flare party dress from the 1950s. Peacock blue ( its even prettier than in the photos) chiffon over a dusty lavender acetate under layer. Phenomenal pleated shawl collar. Full skirt- the lining underneath is not a full circle but the chiffon appears to be, or very close. Metal zipper up the back. Label reads: Elinor Gay Original. Small size, I'd say. There are thread loops for a belt but no belt alas.
$ 38.00Fun black cocktail dress from about the 1950s. Wiggle dress style, sleeveless, with a scoop neck in front and lower V neck in back. Cummerbund style detailing at the slightly empired waist, and then a lovely big bow in back! Has metal zipper down the back. No designer label though there are the remains of a faded Lot # label. Id say this is in the small range. Please read condition below.
$ 69.00From my personal collection comes this little Polkadot dress in navy blue with white polkadots. Early 50s, maybe late 40s. Nylon, scooped neck, pleated waist in the front, little cap sleeves in a slightly dolman shape. Matching belt. There's a metal zipper on the side. Size is in the larger medium range I'd say. Labels says: "Casualmaker by Sy Frankl"
$ 82.00This is a stunning dress from the 1950s in cherry red cotton velvet. She is too small to fit either of my dress forms, alas, so I've pinned it for photos. Metal zipper on the side. Sight bullet shape to the bust. Scooped neckline in front and a slightly lower V in back. Love those gathered sleeves! Kick pleat in back. No label, extra small to small.