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Is this sundress 1970's or 70's doing 50's?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by crinolinegirl, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. crinolinegirl

    crinolinegirl Alumni

    Is this sundress 1970\'s or 70\'s doing 50\'s?

    This cotton print sun dress is stumping me! The color scheme and pattern screams early 1970's but the style of the dress seems earlier, like early 50's (I've had some late 40's- early 50's cusper sundress in a similar style).

    It's homemade with machine and hand sewing so no label to help me and it has a metal back zipper!!!



  2. Laura

    Laura Alumni

    My first thought was '70s, and now I'm second-guessing myself. This is why homemade stuff can be so hard!

    What do you think about the possibility that it was a mom making it for her teenage daughter (16 or 17) in the '70s? If that's the case, she would have been an adult in the '50s and learned to sew in the 40s or 50s, hence the metal zipper and confusing styling.

  3. TangerineBoutique

    TangerineBoutique Trade Member

    Is there any selvedge with writing? Also is it a cotton or cotton poly blend?
    I am leaning towards 70s. Like Laura said it could easily have been made by "Mom" with materials she had on hand. The seamstreses in my family salvaged and reused zippers all the time.

  4. crinolinegirl

    crinolinegirl Alumni

    Nope, no selvedge writing, someone had attempted to sew the edges of all the seams in an attempt at "french binding" I think it's called. I'm leaning towards early 70's on it myself but just thought I'd double check. You guys are probably right about a mother sewing it for her teenage daughter, it's small- 32" bust!

  5. vintagebaubles

    vintagebaubles Administrator Staff Member

    Lei, very early 70's is my guess as well, pre 1974 I think. Very cute!
  6. cmpollack

    cmpollack Trade Member

    Yes, the fabric is very, very 70s!

    Sweet dress!
  7. Circa Vintage

    Circa Vintage Alumni +

    Another vote for early seventies - I had one very similar as a child. Nice bright print.
  8. BagDiva

    BagDiva Guest

    hi, l would say that with the orange, cream and brown colours so predominant this would make it 70's, the chevron print too


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