1. tricia

    August 16, 2006 at 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.

    • Rebecca Solnit

      May 6, 2017 at 3:24 am

      Women explain things to me. Womanplaining.

  2. Teri

    August 16, 2006 at 6:14 pm

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

  3. atticus_finch

    August 16, 2006 at 8:10 pm

    graphically beautiful dress!

  4. Frida

    August 16, 2006 at 8:59 pm


  5. Reuben

    August 16, 2006 at 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.

  6. AnastasiaC

    August 16, 2006 at 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!

  7. Tiffany

    August 16, 2006 at 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…

  8. angelo

    August 16, 2006 at 9:27 pm


  9. eninnej

    August 16, 2006 at 9:57 pm

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

  10. Alice

    August 16, 2006 at 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.

  11. kelly

    August 16, 2006 at 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!

  12. lizzy washington

    August 17, 2006 at 12:54 am

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

  13. Anonymous

    August 17, 2006 at 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!

  14. Anonymous

    August 17, 2006 at 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!

  15. The Sartorialist

    August 17, 2006 at 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

  16. Anonymous

    August 17, 2006 at 7:30 am

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

  17. go-go-go-jo

    August 17, 2006 at 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.

  18. jeff

    August 17, 2006 at 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.

  19. Broady

    August 17, 2006 at 9:07 am

    She is a grown up Dorothy from Wizard of Oz.

  20. Anonymous

    August 17, 2006 at 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?


    August 17, 2006 at 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?

  22. The Sartorialist

    August 17, 2006 at 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

  23. Alice Olive

    August 17, 2006 at 9:55 am

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

  24. kiarella

    August 17, 2006 at 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……

  25. EnidP

    August 17, 2006 at 10:46 am

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

    ENID P. http://www.AllAbout-Style.Com

  26. Reuben

    August 17, 2006 at 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.

  27. Anna

    August 17, 2006 at 2:08 pm

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

  28. MD

    August 17, 2006 at 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 :)

  29. g

    August 17, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    blackslacks…you are too matchy matchy…

  30. Kathleen

    August 17, 2006 at 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.

  31. skj

    August 18, 2006 at 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.

  32. whyioughtta

    August 20, 2006 at 1:17 pm

    love, adore, desire.

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

  33. Anonymous

    August 22, 2006 at 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.

  34. natacha

    February 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Great! you look so cute!

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