Dating patterned dress

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by acceber, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    In addition to being an avid vintage collector, I also restore/reupholster/upcycle antique furniture. Yesterday I was in the process of tearing down this old couch. The springs were shot and someone had stuffed clothing inside the straw to try and fix it. This little dress was in there.

    The bow around the waist is my addition. It has a metal “atlas” zipper, a deep hem, pinked seams and no tags or labels aside from a small white tag that is very threadbare and there is nothing written on it. Thank you for your help!

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  2. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  3. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    lol I know, I thought of that too. I always wonder if one day I won’t find an original Declaration of Independence in one of my projects! Hahaha

    Anyway, thank you!
     
  4. amandainvermont

    amandainvermont Trade Member

    How interesting. I agree with MJ - Late 50's 60's.
     
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  5. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  6. MaryLC

    MaryLC Registered Guest

    I love this dress and the history is just too much !!!
     
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  7. Midge

    Midge Trade Member

  8. Flannery Crane

    Flannery Crane Trade Member

    That was a nice surprise. Love the pattern.
     
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  9. Linn

    Linn Trade Member

    I see early '60's, too - and commend you for restoring antique furniture!
     
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  10. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    Thank you! I absolutely love doing it!
     
  11. Linn

    Linn Trade Member

    Wish you were closer - I have a house full of it!
     
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  12. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    If you and your houseful are ever in NY, let me know! lol

    I thought I would finish up this story by showing the “after” pics of this couch. It still has it’s typical antique style insides - springs, burlap, etc. Just the outside is a little more modern.

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  13. Midge

    Midge Trade Member

  14. Linn

    Linn Trade Member

    Great job! Did you have to do any restoration on the wood frame? It looks really good.
     
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  15. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    Thank you!

    No wood restoration. It isn’t in perfect condition but it wasn’t so bad that I felt it justified refinishing it. Plus I personally like the character it has from being used over the years.
     
  16. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  17. Linn

    Linn Trade Member

    I live really close to the ocean so most of my furniture - especially anything antique has "lots of character" - the upholstery and the wood finishes. (And forget brass or bronze!) I have a few pieces that belonged to my mother that were damaged by Hurricane Iniki in 1992. She lived on Kauai. I live on Oahu. I grew up in the Northeast but have been in Hawaii for years.

    Do you do this as a business or hobby?
     
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  18. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    Thank you!

    It started as a hobby way back when I was a teenager. I’ve been doing it professionally for quite a few years.
     
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  19. Linn

    Linn Trade Member

    I really wish we lived closer! I am a retired interior designer. I have a houseful of furniture that needs help.
     

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