Vintage Martini’s vintage clothing is another resource I use to educate myself on vintage fashion. They say this is the part of their business where they want to concentrate their energies and so are phasing out the vintage sewing patterns for sale. In reading the descriptions I garner a lot of clues as to how vintage clothing was made, the details of the styling, and the fabrics and types of closures they used.

This gorgeous party dress is fashioned in a fuschia silk satin with an oh-so-fifties pleated shelf bust with a fold down collar. The full skirt has an attached net petticoat and the bodice is boned so it can be worn with or without the spaghetti strap.

Fuschia Silk party dressA very 1950s Hawaiian sarong dress in a red and yellow cotton print. It has an overskirt panel that ties to the side and a side zipper closure.

1950s Sarong

Here’s an early 1930s dress with a double row of frilly white batiste and lace ruffles along the deep V neckline. They call the pin tucked piece of organza across the front chest a “modesty panel”. There are tucks falling from the shoulders and back neckline that open to fullness to the bust area. The gathered sleeves taper to the sleeve hem. This dress has side snap closures. Snaps? I’m assuming that was typical for the time but  I should think that the side seam would lie flatter if they had used a zipper.

1930s Floral cotton

This flirty 1940s dress comes in this pretty coral and white bow print rayon with a very forties sweetheart neckline. There’s a white lace bow by the left shoulder. I wonder if there used to be a matching on one the right or if just the one was intentional for a bit of asymmetrical interest? The dress nips in at the waist and again there are snap closures at the side.

1940s rayon bow dress

A scrumptious 1950s celery green linen blend dress & jacket ensemble. That beautiful floral embroidery and cutwork lace makes me drool.

Green linen

Drop by their site for a visual treat though the decades.