Friday, 13 January 2012
my collection: vintage summer dresses
I recently gave my wardrobe a good sorting out. I want to have it in perfect order, but I'm not sure which is the best order yet: by colour? style? type? At the moment I have it in groups: skirts, blouses, winter dresses, and summer dresses – vintage and new.
As we are (supposedly) in the middle of summer, here are some (most) of my vintage summer dresses. It takes a while to get a good collection of perfect-for-you vintage, and so this is just where I am so far. It is something I will just have to work very, very hard on, of course!
These are 1940's print nylon dresses. They are amazingly practical, as you can just pop them in the washing machine and they dry very quickly. I love the colours in these, and the very stylised floral-and-bows pattern in the mint dress is just so '40's!
this 1940's beaded dress was one of the first vintage dresses I got. The bead work is all intact, and I love the shank button details along the shoulders and at the back of the waistband. Unfortunately the buttons are also functioning closures, and I need help putting this one on – buttoning your own shoulders is harder than it sounds! It was me trying to do the shoulder buttons up myself that popped one of them off, but I finally sewed it back on the other day and now it is good to go. The weather just needs to play nice... ps the clicker in my hand is the camera remote control :)
Now let's skip forward a decade or so, because 1950's and early 1960's summer dresses are perfet for hot days! I am not sure how this has happened, but I don't have enough floral summer 1950's full skirted dresses in my possession. It's very trying. I must do something about this!
And finally, we'll skip back again to the 1940's, to my current favourites: print rayon dresses. I just love these, and hope to wear them all year round. The one in the middle is more of an acetate-type fabric but I think it fits in quite nicely here all the same. I will be adding more rayon ones soon; in fact, a new one is drying on the clothes line, almost ready to wear!