We offer a large selection of designers and manufacturers that span the 20th and early 21st century. Sizing varies greatly, so we have outlined our measuring and size estimating process.
The best way to know if a vintage item will fit you is to take a garment that fits you well, similar to the one you are interested in purchasing, and measure it the way we measure ours.
We lay all garments flat and measure as follows*:
BUST - under arm to under arm across the front and then double that measurement.
Measure the WAISTBAND, widest part of the HIPS, widest part of the THIGH on one leg and width of the CUFF, then double those measurements
WAIST - find the smallest part of the garment if there isn't an obvious seam for the waist and measure across and then double that measurement.
LENGTH - Measure from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the cuff along the side seam.
HIPS - Find the largest part of the hip area and measure flat, then double that measurement.
RISE - Measure from the crotch to the top of the waistband.
LENGTH - from the nape of the neck or the top of the shoulders, depending on the style of garment. We will measure to the waist when applicable, so that you can determine if it will fit your torso, and then a waist down measurement.
INSEAM - Measure from the crotch to the bottom of the cuff along the inside seam.
SLEEVES - measure from the top of the shoulder seam to the end of the sleeve. When we think that the arm opening is particularly small, we will provide that measurement as well.**
*Fabrics with stretch will have some give, we will try to mention the range of measurements that will fit comfortably.
**With dolman sleeves, the size is an estimation based on the waist as the body seamlessly joins the sleeve.
Feel free to email us with specific questions about specific measurements that we may not have included that you need to know in order to feel confident about your purchase. If you have a particularly long torso, short legs, long arms, etc.. we can help you determine whether or not a garment will work for your body.SaveSaveSave
I love Alfred Shaheen, and this vintage late 1940s or early 1950's strapless floral dress is one of my favorites! The dress has the Shaheen's of Honolulu label and a back metal zipper. The bodice has boning and is lined and the skirt has panels of fabric in the front, like sashes, that look beautiful when the dress is moving! The fabric is a gorgeous tropical floral printed rayon in shades of green, red, yellow and blue.
I wish I could say that this dress is in mint condition, as have been all of the Shaheens I have sold, but it does have a few flaws to mention. There are a few places where the fabric shows small signs of wear - one is at the top of the dress near the edge, one is near a side seam and one is on the bust. The photos actually make the flaws seem worse than they are...the truth is, the fabric hides them fairly well so it is definitely still a beauty! I've made no attempt to repair them as they are more like worn spots as opposed to holes. I have adjusted the price accordingly and hope that this gorgeous dress finds a wonderful new home!
LENGTH from under arm to waist
LENGTH from waist
In order to best determine fit, measure yourself or a garment that fits you well. Compare those measurements to those on the item description.
All of our pieces have been professionally cleaned and arrive ready to wear.