Dating an antique dress

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by acceber, May 16, 2018.

  1. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    I’m pretty sure this one is an oldie. I found it in a thrift store for 3 bucks, but it had a 200 dollar price tag on it that I recognized from a local antique store, just labeled “black lace dress.” No help there. It’s machine sewn, but hand repaired in a lot of places. No sign of there ever being any tags or labels. The seams are unfinished everywhere but around the collar. It hangs straight but I tried to get a pic of what the skirt area is doing. My dress form doesn’t suit it. Holding it up to me, it’s about calf length, maybe a tiny bit shorter. Its only got a hem in the back. This site is being a pita today about accepting my pics. I will try and upload some more if it’s necessary. Thanks for your help!

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  2. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    If it helps, it does have a bit of a skirt, and it starts lower down on the dress, at about the top of my thighs holding it up to me.
  3. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    I figured it out. iPhone’s “live” pic option was the problem, if anyone else ever has a similar problem. Anyway here’s some more pics. The skirt is slightly gathered at the hips and flat in the front.

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    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  5. Vintage Runway

    Vintage Runway Trade Member

  6. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    Thank you!! I think I will always remember finding it because it was pure chance and luck. Usually I go in and check out the dresses, then lingerie and then hats. I didn’t find anything and was heading to the door to leave and went by some racks on wheels with newly priced stuff. I saw the lace hem sticking out of the bottom and checked it out. I’m so in love with this find!!
  7. foofoogal

    foofoogal Registered Guest

    How fab. One of those run out the door with it as fast as one can finds.
    Just lovely.
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