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
Late 1970's or early 1980's assumed couture vintage dress in navy blue silk chiffon with white trim. The dress was originally purchased at Martha Boutique, and has 4 layers of sheer chiffon rectangles on either side over a solid blue underdress. The sleeves zip at the cuffs and appear to effortlessly fit into the design as if they are one of the tiers. The dress buttons up the front with hexagonal buttons and is truly an exceptional piece.
This dress only has the Martha Boutique label but is clearly designer made if you look at the perfect alignment of the seams and layers. This came from a prominent estate of a socialite in New York City who was a patron of the arts and owned mainly couture pieces made by the best designers of the times. We have had several dresses from this estate and the ones that aren't labeled are some of the most beautiful - if only we knew who designed them!
Wear this dress in the evening or in the day, depending on the shoes, accessories and jewelry!
We estimate this dress to fit a modern day US size 4 but please use the measurements as a guide.
SLEEVES from shoulder seams: 23.5"
SHOULDERS seam to seam across the back: 14.5"
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.