Friday, 13 January 2012

my collection: vintage summer dresses

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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!

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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!

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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 :)

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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!

1940s print rayon dresses
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!

32 comments:

Frances said...

What a wonderful collection - so many beautiful colours and patterns. All my favourite dresses at the moment have a '40s feel to them, sadly repro though and not originals. Lovely to see the real thing in your collection.

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

And they are all ironed.

I love pics like this.

x

Lainie said...

WOW these are gorgeous dresses! How much fun it must have been to find these!

Q's Daydream said...

LOVELY!

vintageveggie said...

what a beautiful peak into your wardrobe. i always struggle with how to arrange my clothes. the only thing i know is that i don't like my vintage touching my new clothes!

Rachel said...

Ah, all of these are so gorgeous! You have quite the collection started up!

Riikka said...

Such dreamy, dreamy frocks!

Charlotte said...

Ooh, *beautiful* collection of vintage dresses! Puts my modest wardrobe to shame!

xx Charlotte
Tuppence Ha'penny

Lauren Helen said...

You have so many dresses! And they're all so pretty!

Gaby said...

I love this post! Its so exciting to see them all together and grouped according to decade - I resolved to concentrate on vintage and no more black this year, and this post has me so excited!

I'm hoping to concentrate on 70's via the 40's and 50's, that shape seems to be the best for me

xo

Charis said...

I love the 40s mint one, gorgeous.

angelaseeangelablog said...

Amazing amazing amazing x10000000000! I wish I had more vintage dresses, I mostly buy them and rip them apart (very carefully) to study their construction for my own creations.

Belated happy new year!
XXASAB
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Alli said...

Such beautiful dresses.....gorgeous. I am SO in love with the pink one in the middle in the last shot.....swoon! It's divine. Where do you mostly find your pieces.....online, vintage stores, op shops? They all look fabulous......I'm so envious lol ;)
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Maxine Alice said...

What a lovely collection, I can't wait until my collection is quite as extensive as yours! (even if yours isn't entirely finished) x

Frankly My Dear said...

wowza! I love them all. I really want to start a collection, but I'm only fifteen, so I've got plenty of time. Plus, I'm still growing, haha... Your 1940s dresses are especially lovely, I find myself mostly wearing early 1960s dresses, but I really want to find the perfect 1940s summer dress. Sorry for the babble...

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Lisa @ Simply Me said...

Your 1940s dresses are gorgeous, what a fantastic collection! I haven't got anything from the 40s but I hope to pick something up one day while op shopping! Hopefully I'll get there before the professionals do one day...

Maxabella said...

No matter which way you organise it, your wardrobe (as demonstrated by your wonderful posts on your blog!) is divine. You are very lucky indeed. x

Amanda said...

These are lovely! I love the print on the pink one at the bottom! So gorgeous.

I'm in Melbourne too, and was wondering if you could recommend some good places to buy vintage clothes?

Thanks!

Amanda :)

Miss said...

They are all lovely. Wish I was good at buying vintage but I can never find anything. Have to try again!

Elina said...

I just keep staring at the first photo. Lovely frocks you have, lucky lady!

Andi B. Goode said...

So many gorgeous dresses - and GORGEOUS photos, too. I actually don't have many full-skirts '50s dresses (floral or otherwise), either!
-Andi x

Miss Meadows said...

This post made me realize just how few dresses I actually own. Thank you! Now I can go shopping without feeling bad, keeping in mind that you will probably always own at least five dresses more than me! ;) Love the cardigan in your last post too! :) xx

Nelly said...

love them all a collection to be proud of.

AngeliqueDama said...

What a great collection of summer dresses!

Elyse (Give Me Bows) said...

Ohhh you have the most amazing collection of vintage dresses, I have major dress envy! You have inspired me to go on another big Etsy hunt :)

Laurence said...

Lovely patterns!!! I pray for spring to come back to be abble to wear gain all my summer dresses!!!

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Charlotte Drene said...

Oh to have such a frock collection... Sigh.




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Lisa said...

Beautiful!! I'd love to see more! How about a part two post?! ;)

Helen said...

They are beautiful, I especially love the 50's flower print one in the third picture!

Zane said...

wonderful collection, they all are gorgeous and summery :)

Anja said...

wow, what a collection! I love the 1950s summer dresses especially and the yellow one that was your first vintage find. You are one lucky girl! Hold on to them or I might have to rade your closet :)

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Tess said...

HOW beautiful

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