Dating this caplet

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by Nichole, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. Nichole

    Nichole Registered Guest

    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg hi,
    I purchased this caplet and I don't know the date of it. There are no tags. Can anyone be of help?
    Thank you,
    Nichole
     
  2. Leonardo da Vintage

    Leonardo da Vintage Administrator Staff Member

    With the buttons up the back, it looks to me like it might be the top of a dress, rather than it was originally a capelet. Does it open fully, or do you put it over your head?
     
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  3. Nichole

    Nichole Registered Guest

    Hello,
    No, it doesn't open fully. It buttons down so far and then place it over your head. If it's not a caplet what would it be? It would have been part of a dress?
    Thank you,
    Nichole
     
  4. Leonardo da Vintage

    Leonardo da Vintage Administrator Staff Member

    I think it was a dress that someone has cut down into a kind of capelet, for some reason. I'm not sure though. Perhaps the rest of the dress was damaged and they wanted to save that lovely neckline. How is the hem sewn, does it look different from the how the rest is sewn?
     
  5. Nichole

    Nichole Registered Guest

    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg
    Hi,
    Here is some photos of the back.
    Thank you,
    Nichole
     

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  6. Leonardo da Vintage

    Leonardo da Vintage Administrator Staff Member

    I can't really see enough detail. Perhaps you can tell if you examine the hem closely, whether it looks original or like an alteration. Sometimes it's obvious if you look closely. But sometimes not, if whoever changed it was a good sewer.

    And maybe someone else will chime in.
     
  7. Nichole

    Nichole Registered Guest

    Hi,
    You are right, it is very difficult to tell. If it was part of a dress and made by someone they did an awesome job. It's very detailed with the netting and the silver studs in the velvet. Also the way the points were sewn on to the netting. I could never do anything like that. I appreciate your feedback!
    Sincerely,
    Nichole
     
  8. Circa Vintage

    Circa Vintage Trade Member

    I've seen similar fabric and detailing in late '40s-early '50s cocktail dresses but something about the centre back opening makes this look like an altered piece, not fully original.
     
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  9. Leonardo da Vintage

    Leonardo da Vintage Administrator Staff Member

    All of that I would have thought was original to the dress, and that someone cut it down, just above where the sleeves would start.

    Yes, I thought that too.
     
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  10. Leonardo da Vintage

    Leonardo da Vintage Administrator Staff Member

    I'm thinking it was originally part of a dress that was shaped something like this one.

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  11. Circa Vintage

    Circa Vintage Trade Member

    Good work Ruth! I agree.
     
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