Friday, November 28, 2008

1950s Black Chiffon Overlay Lace & Rhinstone Dress

Prong set rhinestones adorn the floral lace bodice of a 1950's dress. The lace is backed with fabric and the chiffon yoke creates the shoulders giving the illusion of the dress having a strapless bodice.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

1950s Bombshell Dress

Point d'esprit lace is gathered between two bands of black and backed with nude color taffeta to form the neckline and cap sleeves on a 1950's wiggle dress. Point d'esprit is a fine net fabric characterized by oval or square dots woven in a grid-like pattern.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Vintage 60s Ombre Plaid Luxury Mohair Coat Jacket

Ombre is a French word which means shading and is used to describe a technique of color bleeding, weaving or drip dying fabric by subtlety fading colors into one another. This 1960's Mohair coat is an example of Ombre plaid.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

1930s Silk Garden Party Dress

Tiny pin tucks follow the curve of the neckline to add visual interest to the collar and skirt of a 1930's sheer silk dress. The same silk is used for accordion pleated trim at the collar and hem edges.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Vintage 70s Folkloric Ecuador Mustard Yellow Embroidered Bell Sleeve Dress

A 1970's mustard wool dress is expertly accented with wool embroidery. Note how the embroidery is hand stitched over the side seam.

Friday, November 21, 2008

1950s Harry Keiser Evening Gown

Petals of tulle extend up from the waistband to cover the bust on a 1950s strapless tulle evening gown by Harry Keiser.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Vintage 1940s Wool Applique Mexican Folkloric Jacket

A 1940's wool jacket has an appliqued and embroidered Mexican design. Contrasting wool fabric appliques are hand stitched on the jacket panels and finished with a variety of embroidery stitches.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

1960s Brocade Cocktail Suit

A thread wrapped hook and eye, bound buttonhole, and silk-covered snap are small couture details that denote a garment of the highest quality.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

1940s Fagoting Stitch on Swimwear

Fagoting is a form of stitching and fills the space between two finished edges. The space between the edges can be 1/8", 1/4' or 1/2" or finer. Fagoting is used in this 1940s swimsuit top.

Monday, November 17, 2008

1960s Beaded Evening Gown

Hand stitched silver beads add another layer of sparkle to a 1960's silver and white brocade evening gown.

Friday, November 14, 2008

1930s Jantzen Diving Girl Patch

This is the 1930's version of the Jantzen Diving Girl Patch. The Diving Girl went through many revisions to her body and suit during her evolution with the Jantzen brand.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

1950s Tulle Wedding Dress

A small cluster of red silk roses accents the skirt of a 1950's full skirted tulle white wedding dress.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

60s Mr California Windowpane Matched Pocket

A 1960's Mr. California short sleeve shirt has a matched chest pocket. A matched pocket is created when the pattern of the materials of the shirt match the pocket and line up to create a seamless look.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

1950s Party Dress

A small row of rhinestones accents the shoulder line on the ruched cap sleeves of an otherwise unembellished party dress. A nice subtle surprise!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Vintage 50s Brown Mink Fur Headband

Mink fur is attached to a 1950's spring coil coil headband and lined with grosgrain ribbon. Mink can be identified as a soft dense and lightweight fur with lustrous guard hairs (longer hairs on top) and lush, soft under fur (the thicker shorter fur).

Friday, November 7, 2008

1950s Party Dress

Loop braid and beads add interest to the bodice and upper skirt of a 1950's circle skirt party dress.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Vintage 40s Baby Blue Flocked Fabric Dress

The satin fabric of this 1940's dress is made with a flocked surface creating a textured floral design. Flocking is a process where the fabric has been coated by an adhesive and fine fibers are applied over the adhesive. The finished fabric has a velvet like appearance.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

1950s Rappi Evening Dress

Black Guipure lace is layered over golden yellow chiffon on the bodice of this 1950s evening dress by Rappi. Guipure lace is made without a net background from heavy yarns. The motifs are joined with thread bridges.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

1970s Ruby Red Floral Satin Shoes

Daniel Green makes timeless vintage boudoir slippers with a satin ribbon gathered to create a floral rosette at the peep toe.

Monday, November 3, 2008

1950s Silk Day Dress

The long streamers of the bow form a color-block effect on the skirt of a 1950's silk day dress.