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Vintage 1960s formal!

Catllar

Re: Vintage 1960s formal!
« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2017, 21:38:07 PM »
Doesn't really work in Waitrose though :|

You could waft around the chiller and freezer section - I'm sure no-one would notice.
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DementedFairy

Re: Vintage 1960s formal!
« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2017, 21:24:46 PM »
I'm late to this party- but I always loved those 60s sheath dresses worn with a separate full skirt over the top, to get 2 for the price of one...  That would free you up for some clever work with your chevrons, and then maybe an organza over skirt.  Yum
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b15erk

Re: Vintage 1960s formal!
« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2017, 09:28:13 AM »
I loved the sheath dresses, worn with a Duster Coat or a Stole for formal occasions - oh, and a little hat!  ;)

Daywear, they were worn with a belt, and/or a cardigan or bolero.

I remember my mum had a lovely one, green animal print....

Jessie
Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.


Gernella

Re: Vintage 1960s formal!
« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2017, 16:25:50 PM »
I'm not really into vintage dresses but last week we went to Cleethorpes for fish and chips (motorway there scenic route back).  There is a little retro shop close to the front, (just a bit further down from Steel's Corner House towards the sea and there were  two gorgeous dresses in, both reduced to £15 each.  I was sorely tempted apart from the fact they looked more 10/12 than my 14 going on 16, and I bet they weren't made in a sweat shop. 

BrendaP

Re: Vintage 1960s formal!
« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2017, 21:47:49 PM »
Early 60s with the full skirts definitely need pointed toes and stiletto heels.  The kitten heel didn't come in until the very end of the 60s - I wore those with my wedding dress in 1969, though really I would have preferred the more classic stilettoes.

Skirts didn't start getting very short until the mid 1960s, and the very shortest came in the early 1970s when they became so short that hot pants were all the rage - that was 1972 the year DD1 was born.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
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Francesca

Re: Vintage 1960s formal!
« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2017, 22:22:19 PM »
Early 60s with the full skirts definitely need pointed toes and stiletto heels.  The kitten heel didn't come in until the very end of the 60s - I wore those with my wedding dress in 1969, though really I would have preferred the more classic stilettoes.

Skirts didn't start getting very short until the mid 1960s, and the very shortest came in the early 1970s when they became so short that hot pants were all the rage - that was 1972 the year DD1 was born.

Thanks for the insight! Do you think a white pointed would be good? I don't think I can handle a day at the races in a stiletto so will probably have to be unauthentic on that front.

I was thinking of making it below the knee.

Catllar

Re: Vintage 1960s formal!
« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2017, 22:50:25 PM »
You could get away with high wedges!
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UttaRetch

Re: Vintage 1960s formal!
« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2017, 19:48:43 PM »
I have the Sears catalog of the early 1960's, which is a good reference book if you are after authenticity.  Here is the related image search.
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Francesca

Re: Vintage 1960s formal!
« Reply #23 on: March 10, 2017, 11:01:16 AM »
I have the Sears catalog of the early 1960's, which is a good reference book if you are after authenticity.  Here is the related image search.

The things in that "petite" page are exactly what I'm thinking. Full skirted, white shoes and white plastic cat eye sunglasses. Exactly what I envisioned!

Managed to pull a picture of the fabric print from my email, will take a proper picture at some point. But you can get the idea!

UttaRetch

Re: Vintage 1960s formal!
« Reply #24 on: March 10, 2017, 18:12:06 PM »
You'll be able to find cats eyes glasses in vintage shops.  I draw the line at second hand shoes but vintage is again an option.
What goes around comes around.

Francesca

Re: Vintage 1960s formal!
« Reply #25 on: March 10, 2017, 19:39:28 PM »
Oh I own plenty of second hand shoes! In fact I just bought a pair of new boots from eBay  0_0

UttaRetch

Re: Vintage 1960s formal!
« Reply #26 on: March 10, 2017, 21:33:56 PM »
 0_0  0_0 I have seen a lot of dried up shoes with shrivelled lining.  The shoes I donate are in good condition and sometimes hardly worn.
What goes around comes around.

DementedFairy

Re: Vintage 1960s formal!
« Reply #27 on: March 11, 2017, 17:45:42 PM »
I'm rather ambivalent about white shoes- they always remind me of Minnie Mouse or Essex girls...Having said that, I have a great [2nd hand] pair of white square toe mules that did a good job of catching Dawn's eye on our first date...she still growls when she sees them lol
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BrendaP

Re: Vintage 1960s formal!
« Reply #28 on: March 11, 2017, 21:00:35 PM »
Do you think a white pointed would be good? I don't think I can handle a day at the races in a stiletto so will probably have to be unauthentic on that front.

I was thinking of making it below the knee.

IIRC very flat pointed shoes were the fashionable alternative to stilettoes.

A full circle skirt whould have been knee length or just below.  Go for the length which suits you best.
« Last Edit: March 14, 2017, 10:38:55 AM by BrendaP »
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Iminei

Re: Vintage 1960s formal!
« Reply #29 on: March 12, 2017, 08:35:10 AM »
there were  two gorgeous dresses in, both reduced to £15 each.  I was sorely tempted apart from the fact they looked more 10/12 than my 14 going on 16,

Well that would be bang on if you think about it! Peeps were a lot smaller in those days; diet, genetics etc

and I bet you anything that a sixties size 10 would be waaaay smaller than todays shops size 10's!!! (size 10 my a**e!)
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