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Thursday, July 21, 2011

My vintage dress obsession!

I don't often think about the construction of the vintage dresses that I own unless they are exceptional in their details. It's usually all about the quality, shape, & pattern.  My absolute favorite one ever is one that was hand sewn in Germany a very, very long time ago. When I found it amidst the racks it had puffy sleeves that gathered with a tiny ruffle. Due to the pure genius seamstress capabilities of my mother-in-law, those sleeves were removed and I've been able to wear it for several years now. Whenever I do (which is 2-3 times a year) it gets gushing comments from the type of women who appreciate the details, and the colors--- and the depth of the construction; which in the yoke, seems unparalleled.  It's like wearing a piece of artwork. Actually, I sometimes think that I will display it on a wall when it no longer fits. Three of the photo details below are from this dress--  the rest simply complete the photo quilt of other gems hanging in my closet:

More time and energy went into creating some of these garments than I can even imagine. Send me your vintage dress pictures and we'll make a king-sized photo quilt of the pure goodness of their pattern, texture, and memories. What if we could see photos of the women who wore them before us? Wow.

As for the detailing on that German Dress? Here's a look:

My trick is in wearing very modern shoes and jewelry with these stunners. As a matter of fact, I've decided to wear one of them today. Bring on the high, wooden-heeled gladiator sandals and large golden earrings. Thanks for reading and for indulging my fashion sensibilities! Have a fabulous day...


  1. The collar on that dress is beautiful!

  2. Thanks for noticing, Sarah! It's truly a one-of-a-kind...


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