$ 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?
$ 219.00 - Sold OutBeyond 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.
$ 219.00 - Sold OutBeyond 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.
$ 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.
$ 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.
$ 118.00This color is so delicious! I love this cute teal blue swimsuit from Catalina, from the 1950s. Inner bra support with the sweetest little flower detail in the center ( bullet bra cups that actually have pellon in the back!!!), skirt over the bottom in front, adjustable shoulder straps too! Metal zipper in the center back. I love the gathers in front and the darling little belt ( read condition below regarding this). And lucky us, its a larger size! Feels like a poly or poly blend. Crotch is lined with nylon. Label reads: Catalina and gives the size as a 14 but do check the measurements as vintage sizing is not the same as modern.
$ 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!
$ 99.00 - Sold OutPerfect 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.
$ 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.
$ 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
$ 169.00From my personal collection comes this incredibly darling country floral print fit and flare sun dress from the 1950s, possibly later 40s. Sleeveless with shoulder straps that tie at the top for an adjustable fit, pleated waist , scoop neckline front and back and a metal zipper on the side. This is just the cutest Summer dress. Medium to large size I'd say depending on your 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. looks and feels like cotton. One tie at the right side for a belt, but no belt.
$ 249.00 - Sold OutStunning prom/party dress from the 1950s in lovely robin's egg or teal blue. I have been hoarding this for ages, just to look at, because its far too small for me. Too small for my dress forms too so I've pinned it here. Phenomenal horizontal tulle ruffles all the way down the full length skirt and ruffles on the bodice. Bodice is boned, and has tulle shoulder straps. Metal zipper down the back. Full skirt though not quite a full circle. Dress has a blue acetate lining underneath. I've not shown this with a crinoline so this is it's natural fullness. You could add one if you wanted it even fuller. Label reads: None. XS to S size.
$ 75.00Super pretty 1950s dress in a brown and tan novelty flower print. Fabric feels like a lightweight cozy poly flannel, very soft. A dramatic box pleat on the back of the skirt from the bottom of the zipper down and check out that interesting flipped up flounce at the hip, its like an upside down peplum or something! Cute! The skirt and bodice are lined, the sleeves are not. No label. Probably about a medium.
$ 36.00Pretty floral embroidered peasant top in pink on white. V front and a slit up the front of the center bottom. The bottom hem is slightly rounded so its a little longer in front than the sides. Scalloped edges. I'm not sure if this is Bavarian/Hungarian or Mexican style as they can be quite similar. Either way its very cute. No label. Probably about a medium. Looks and feels like a cotton blend. I'm not sure of the era on this one but I'm guessing about the 60s.
$ 399.00 - Sold OutSuper 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.