These two dresses are recent wardrobe additions (a next post will cover some others). I bought them a few weeks ago at the Waterlooplein fleamarket at my favorite stall. I've been comming there to buy my vintage since 2008 and found many a wonderfull piece of clothing. It is one of the best places to buy vintage from the 30's through 60's in Amsterdam, but you have to be there at the right time as the stall is not always open.
When the stock is new, usually every few monts, I go and try on a great many dresses an end up buying several most of the time. This time I bought two dresses.
The first is in a deep shade of red with a white novelty print of dots and an unidentified shape that reminds me of an elephant or a snale (but that's not quite it, so if anyone has any ideas?). It probably dates from the first half of the 1940's.
The dress features puffy sleeves and a ruffle just below the waist, combined with the cut of the bodice this enhances the female shape in the best possible way ;). When I was walking towards the stall I saw it hanging there I knew I had to have it. Luckily it was my size. I'm already so in love with it. One of those dresses you can wear for almost any occasion, and it is not even black!
The second dress has a large floral print in pink, white and black. It is from the late 40's or early 50's given the cut on sleeves. This dress needed some minor work before it was ready to wear. I started by giving it a good soak and letting it dry outside.
The kind of thin and fluttery rayon the dress is made of often becomes a bit course after washing. Only after ironing the fabric becomes its soft self again.
Some of the lining of the sleeves had come loose so it had to be reattached.
And as the dress was a bit to big for me in the waist I added two darts in the back to make it fit better.
This is the result:
Just look at that lovely neckline!
A very easy out and about dress :)
They were both hanging on a rack in my bedroom before they got into my closet so I could look at them for a while :)