25 June 2009

Flapper Dress

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Yesterday was spent digging through the racks at my favorite thrift store looking for anything that might catch my eye. I wasn't having much luck and was getting a bit discouraged when I saw this dress hanging down the aisle. It was one of those moments when I had to stop and look around and wonder why no one else had picked it up. When I put it in my cart, I half expected someone to take it back and tell me it was a mistake.

It needs a bit of a makeover. Someone had pinned tacky plastic flowers around the hips. That was an easy fix. The seams have come undone under the arms and there are a few places where the crocheting has come loose from the fabric (I put a white slip under it for the photos so you could see the details). Nothing that a little time with a needle and thread won't fix. Besides those minor flaws it's in excellent condition considering its age. I just love the details on clothes from this era; the pintucks, the pleats, the cute little bows. And the silk fabric is so soft and light and floaty (is that a word?). It's a smidgen big for me so I'm not sure what it's fate is going be be quite yet. I should probably sell it but I think I might be happy just to keep it around to stare at.

21 comments:

In Bug's Drawers said...

Adore this dress! I would stare at it too :)

Eyeliah SS said...

Goodluck with the restoration, it is so lovely. The plastic flowers I'm thinking maybe made it some sort of costume.

jayne said...

amazing find! I'm jealous

CaitieCatherwood1314 said...

That is very lovely! I love the flapper style, some of it, that is, I wouldn't like a whole flapper outfit. But flapper accents (or a flapper dress with modern accents) are so lovely! <3

~ Caitie

Mars said...

oh how fun! this dress is beautiful, love the little bows :)

visualizelove said...

I love your blog! I have recently been taking more frequent visits to my local thrift stores as well and your blog is inspiring me to go more :) Thanks for sharing your fabulous finds!

LandGirlontheHomeFront said...

GREAT find!

Summer said...

Great find! Lovely dresses. Have a good day.=D

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The Brown Mestizo

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, I totally know that feeling of not believing no one has picked up an item your super stoked on and thinking it'll somehow get outta your hands and be gone forever! So exciting!!!

thimbles and gingham said...

great find!

thevintageyear said...

Oh my GOSH I LOVE this. The '20s are one of my favourite eras but I have never, ever, ever found anything that old - I'm super jealous! It's gorgeous, what a great find!

Isabel said...

Oh, wow! I'm surprised nobody picked it up before you either. It must've been meant to be!

Darla: Retro Ways said...

Wow what a lovely find!


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Key said...

I have a few of dresses that i keep just to smile staring at :)

dearilou said...

Lovely find!

The Greedy Seagull said...

Wonderful find! I would not be good enough to let that one go if it didn't fit me.

Nhu said...

The dress is very understated and lovely.

I've been wanting to let you know that a chambray skirt that I bought off you through eBay has been working out swimmingly this summer! It's my favorite no-fail skirt.

loni said...

PRETTY!!

Hippie Frou Frou said...

what a great score, love the detail as well!

jess s///

SG said...

Gosh i could find that dress a home if you ever tire of it... I imagine it looks really good outsize though? sadly the thrift stores in the uk are far too well organised to find something like this. p.s. just ound your blog and going through the archives... i love it!