I swear, I don't go looking for these vintage dresses, they just keep throwing themselves at me. This cotton maxi happened to pop up on a local selling site of which I'm a member and at £5 it would have been rude not to buy it.
|WEARING: Simon Jeffrey maxi dress with vintage wool felt hat (charity shop) and Clarks V&A Collection shoes (Clarks clearance sale);|
The joy of buying from the original owner means that you get the back story. This printed cotton dress was bought from a Birmingham boutique in 1969 when the seller was just 18 years old. The price was so low because the lady doubted that it would fit anyone. Although it's labelled as a Size 14 which, in traditional UK clothing sizes, would have equated to a 36" bust, this measures 32". Thank goodness for small boobs.
How do I know something is vintage? Obviously, in this case, I already know the history of the dress but if I'd found it in a charity shop and hadn't recognised the maker Simon Jeffrey, a popular British Boutique brand, the font used on the label would have been a strong indication. The metal zip, the non-over locked seams and the lack of machine washing instructions would have indicated that it was made in the 1960s (washing machines weren't a common UK household item until the 1970s). Sadly "Made in England" is pretty unusual when it comes to modern garments.
Jon's been working flat-out hand-painting Gilbert so I've been left to my own devices. I popped into town to buy a birthday card and came back with...rather more than a card!
Today's sunshine inspired me to chop one of the corners off and make a top ready for summer.... those who preach that women over fifty should wear a good bra, avoid crop tops and never show the tops of their arms need to look away now.
|Wearing: Me-made halterneck crop top;1970s Third Eye Indian block printed cotton maxi skirt (eBay); Bug-eye sunglasses (car boot sale)|
See you soon!