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
This incredible Titanic era dress is full of beautiful design elements from head to toe! This Edwardian dress is all one connected piece, but consists of three different layers.
The top layer is the printed navy silk that has an abstract geometric circle design. The top wraps across the front and hooks in at the waist. The top layer is is sleeveless, letting the chiffon sleeves on the layer beneath come through. The sleeves are buttoned at the wrist, but open above the cuff for a flowing, butterfly sleeve effect. The sleeve layer is sheer, crossing across the front and securing at the shoulder. Another chiffon layer is just below, mimicking the V neck created by the top layer, and also securing at the waist. They layers are all connected to the skirt at the back, and the skirt also secures at the waist with a hook.
The skirt is layered as well, with a gathered hip that is weighted inside, adding to the structure of the beautiful folds it creates. The bottom hem in front is slightly gathered to give a bubble hem or hobble effect.
The beauty of this dress comes from the bold, structural details combined with the delicate, beautiful silk fabric. This vintage dress has one label inside with a handwritten "1887." It is in excellent condition, with only a few very small pin holes from the age of the delicate fabric.
We estimate this dress to fit a size 4 but please look at all of the measurements for the best fit. Keep in mind that the shoulders are small so the dress measurements need to be reviewed carefully. We acquired this dress from an estate we purchased that had many pieces from the late 1800s and early 1900s. The family was one of the first prominent families here in Oregon.
Bodice is meant to be blousy
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.