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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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……
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……
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.
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.