New Detectives: Dating Vintage

I went out on a thread run (more on this place later) for my Promaballoona dress on Saturday and came home with some thrifted goodies, too!

I found a blue version of this lovely Mexican wedding dress (for only $10!!) on the first rack I stopped at. That one was too big, so I was ever so lucky to stumble across this one at the same price, but in a smaller size. It’s 100% cotton and embroidered to death. There’s a small brown discoloration on the shoulder, but it in no way diminishes the beauty of the dress. I also snagged another plus sized skirt to refashion. Stay tuned for that.

My other finds from that day put my detective skills to use.

1970s Dress: unpinned and button detail

This one was easy enough, as the tags are still fully attached and legible. There’s a ILGWU label under a tag that names the maker as Yves Jennet. It’s from the 1970s and is a 50/50 polyester/rayon blend. It’s quite breathable, but too long for my taste. Here it is pinned up a bit.

1970s Dress: Pinned up

1970s Dress: Pinned up

I thrifted the belt I’m wearing from Domsey’s on a previous trip. It’s Banana Republic, I paid $3.39 for it.

Vintage Dress: Pinned up

Vintage Dress: Pinned up

Vintage Dress: unpinned

I found this one on that same rack, right after I walked into the store, too. It feels like it’s made of rayon. There are no tags inside. According to the information in this book and at Sammy Davis Vintage, I would guess that it’s from the 30s or 40s. It has a metal side zip and the shape and style seem, to my amateur eye, to be from that era. I paid only $10 bucks for it!! It needs some TLC and shortening (it’s unpinned in the last photo), but I love the shape and the history of it so much!

I’ve shopped at The Urban Jungle once before. They have fitting rooms, but it was so muggy and hot I gambled on these fitting. And won! Since my first trip there they’ve rearranged the store, opened a new location and jammed in about 10 more circular racks. This place is JAM packed with stuff. My arms were too tired to sift through everything that day. That evening turned into a long one as I stayed up sewing until the sun came up! I’ll post the graffiti pics I snapped on the rainy walk home, tomorrow!


9 thoughts on “New Detectives: Dating Vintage

  1. Wow, I’ve been so behind on my blog reading that I think I just read 10 of your posts!
    What great finds; I’d love to find an embroidered Mexican cotton dress like that, especially to wear in this 30C+ heat. Oh, and I remember the glory days of thrift shopping back in the ’80s when you could easily find pre-1950s treasures like this….not so much anymore. So lucky!

    • I’m WAY behind, too!! I have over 700 unread items in my Google reader.

      I can’t believe the finds from this trip. It’s all I can do to keep from running back there every day.

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