We all love studying the back covers of the magazine–so here, in that vein, are more vintage garments to inspire and educate.
These vintage clothes are part of the private collection of Cindy Vincent, author and business owner of Mysteries by Vincent, murder mystery party games. Many of her party games are historically-based, so participants have a chance to dress-up in vintage clothes and vintage clothing remakes. Her game line-up includes two sewing and fashion-themed mysteries: “Stiffed at the Sewing Store” or “Who Needled the Knock-off?”; and “A Fairly Fatal Fashion Show” or “Who Clipped the Copycat?”. Her vintage clothing collection includes pieces from the Victorian era all the way to the early 1960s, though she has a special interest in the attire of the 1940s.
So here, in her own words, are Cindy’s descriptions of some of the garments in her collection.
“This first dress is one of my faves! I bought it in Alaska-it’s a Parnes Feinstein and was supposedly worn by one of Alaska’s first lady’s. (Though I haven’t been able to prove or disprove this fact yet.) In any case, I find that interesting since it’s a late 1950s or early 1960s dress, which would have been around the time when Alaska became a state (1959). What a fascinating and exciting time to be in that part of the world! I’m guessing the dress is silk, and underlined with silk organza. It’s got some stunning cutwork and corded embroidered flowers-looks like cord was covered with embroidery thread and then sewn on.
This dress is from the 40’s, probably silk taffeta, with a label of Andora. Once again, we see the double darts on either side at the bustline. And, while the top has some gorgeous lace work, the skirt…