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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

On The Street... Vintage Dress Seaming Detail, New York

The seaming detail in the bodice really makes this whole dress

Comments on "On The Street... Vintage Dress Seaming Detail, New York"


Anonymous tricia said ... (6:11 PM) : 

the "seaming detail" is what is called a "chevron". the fabric is typically cut on the bias and the stripes or plaids meet in a chevron pattern. makes sense, as the top of this dress does not appear to have many darts (fitting devices), so the bias probably makes for a nice fit.

a beautiful dress.


Blogger Teri said ... (6:14 PM) : 

Wow...the dress is perfectly fitted on her body...Love the detail of the dress...she look absolutely amazing.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:35 PM) : 

She's a knockout. Goddang, I love redheads.


Blogger atticus_finch said ... (8:10 PM) : 

graphically beautiful dress!


Blogger Frida said ... (8:59 PM) : 



Anonymous Reuben said ... (9:06 PM) : 

Please correct me if I'm mistaken, but this dress seems home-made (for lack of a better term) rather than vintage.

Great site, by the way.


Blogger AnastasiaC said ... (9:13 PM) : 

beautifuly sewn!
my mum, a talented seamstress always told my sis and I when shopping to make sure stripes or plaid match up at the seams
otherwise it looks cheap!
a gorgeous happy dress!


Blogger Tiffany said ... (9:23 PM) : 

Hello Reuben,

Could it not be both "home-made" and vintage or is there a specific reason why you think it is not the latter?

Just asking, not trying to rattle...


Blogger angelo said ... (9:27 PM) : 



Anonymous eninnej said ... (9:57 PM) : 

What a lovely find. I don't see such gorgeously constructed dresses very often.


Blogger Alice said ... (10:14 PM) : 

Perhaps the word is handmade which does not denote poor or poorly made as homemade does. Really nice matching of the chevron in front with cut on sleeves eliminating seams. It was a feat to get the fit on this dress.


Anonymous kelly said ... (11:33 PM) : 

No reason, Tiffany, but I think Reuben's point was that the dress fits her so well it looks as though it was made specifically for her. It would be rare to find a custom-sewn vintage garment, sewn for another person, that fit someone else so well.

Simply beautiful, and so pristine!


Blogger lizzy washington said ... (12:54 AM) : 

i think tis soo sunnya dn original. would love to see it with a thin belt....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:26 AM) : 

Handmade, homemade, vintage, whatever!
Wherever this dress originated from it was made for her. It fits perfect and she looks fantastic!
Really cool!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:14 AM) : 

I like the dress. i think it few people that fits in this type of dresses but she does! love the pattern on the skirt!


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (7:21 AM) : 

This will really send you over the edge.

She said that her dress cost $40 in Brooklyn.

I asked if it was vintage and she said no but she felt they had reconstructed a vintage dress


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:30 AM) : 

She looks absolutely beautiful! She really knows her body well, and great posture to boot.


Anonymous go-go-go-jo said ... (9:06 AM) : 

It's interesting how the chevrons point up, rather than down the way they do on other vintage dresses. Pointing down gives the appearance of a wasp waist -- very popular in the '40s -- but here they make the eye move right to this woman's face. Works great on her.


Blogger Broady said ... (9:07 AM) : 

She is a grown up Dorothy from Wizard of Oz.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:07 AM) : 

This is a beautiful woman wearing a beautiful dress that compliments both her physical features and, I'm inferring here, her personality. I look at this picture and I just think, wow.

The fact that the she bought the dress for $40 makes the whole thing even better.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:18 AM) : 

The cut of the sleeve is interesting. From the back it seems to be a raglan, cut from the same material as the bodice. From the front it seems more set-in.

I think I can see the facing around the neck. With light summer fabrics I like a slip underneath, it makes the look nicer.

Overall I'd say it was a nicely made dress that looks good on her. How about custom-made or tailored instead of home/hand-made?


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (9:48 AM) : 

I'm surprised no one mentioned the matching umbrellas behind her!

it took us an hour to find the right background for this photo!!

just kidding


Blogger BLACKSLACKS said ... (9:48 AM) : 

That dress is FANTASTIC!!!
And she is quite pretty, but the thick/heavy brown leather bag completely throws the whole look off for me.
Maybe I'm too matchy-matchy, but I think she should have gone with a more delicate purse or something...
I would also LOVED to have seen what type of shoe she chose to wear. White sling-back kitten pumps maybe?


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (9:55 AM) : 

The fit is beautiful. That was an excellent $40 investment!


Blogger kiarella said ... (10:40 AM) : 

Yes, very' I love Lucy'.Great, it is amazing how some women are able to choose a style which goes perfectly with their hair style and colour and even, as in this case, with the pretty features of her face which are very '60.And... 40 bucks......


Blogger EnidP said ... (10:46 AM) : 

I love the paatern and fit of the dress. This dress was made for her...

ENID P. www.AllAbout-Style.Com


Anonymous Reuben said ... (12:56 PM) : 

"Handmade" was the word I was looking for, though I guess my question was really whether subject had designed the dress herself or not. It fit her so well that I assumed it was a custom job.


Anonymous Anna said ... (2:08 PM) : 

Brilliant! It's nice to see other people wearing vintage too.


Blogger MD said ... (3:14 PM) : 

It really is the summer of the dress, isn't it? How do these women find dresses that fit? It can't all be tailored to fit, can it? If you have a short waist or short torso and longer legs, how can you find a dress that fits properly? It always seems that there is extra fabric at the back near the shoulderblades when I try on dresses......

Oh, and the pictured dress is lovely :)


Anonymous g said ... (4:34 PM) : are too matchy matchy...


Blogger Kathleen said ... (7:26 PM) : 

The fit of that bodice on her is breathtaking.

One of the things I love about vintage clothes (or let's just call them second-hand...) is that you actually DON'T have to be a stick to get good stuff. I have some beautiful things from the 50s and 60s that fit me perfectly, because of the hourglass silhouette (particularly for 60s stuff). Case in point: black Miss Dior dress, $2, looked as if it was fitted on my body.

Unfortunately I lost a little sand out of my hourglass, so to speak, and now it looks like a sack. This is a similar example: a couple of kilos lighter, and it wouldn't work as well on her. NOT suggesting this woman's figure is anything less than perfect - it's the beautiful snugness of the fit that works.


Anonymous skj said ... (1:01 PM) : 

let me be a sewing nudnick here for a minute.. the sleeves are kimono sleeves cut in one piece with the bodice. there is probably a diamond shaped gusset in the underarm to allow her movement and to allow the sleeve to be as close fitting as it is. what looks like a sema in the front photo is the fabric naturally folding. a nice detail.


Blogger whyioughtta said ... (1:17 PM) : 

love, adore, desire.

looks like modern fabric, home/shop-sewn, from a late 50s dress pattern.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:43 PM) : 

Thank you for the great picture of my sweet daughter. Being on opposites coasts, I don't see her much. A lovely dress on a lovely daughter.


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