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 1980's vintage Norma Walters dress is in an optical illusion black and white stripe silk with red roses on the sleeves and in the back and green leaves. The roses have a black background with a white print that looks like flower outlines or spiderwebs. The trompe l'oeil shading on the stripes make them look shiny or metallic. The stripes on the skirt are going different directions, looking like they are woven. Two of the leaves are 3D, and come off of the shoulder of the dress on the right side.
We have become somewhat obsessed with Norma Walters' vintage dresses! Her patterns are so unique and her dresses are always beautifully made with unique design elements.
The dress closes with buttons (missing one) and has a cinched elastic waist. The bodice of the dress is somewhat oversized and has shoulder pads. There are dolman style puff sleeves, and pockets. This fabulous dress was made in Hong Kong and because of the oversized fit, though it is marked a size 8, we believe it could also fit a size 10.
BUST: up to 42"
WAIST: up to 34"
HIPS: full from the waist
LENGTH from shoulder to waist: 20"
LENGTH: from waist to hem: 27"
SHOULDERS: dolman style, so no seams to measure (from shoulder pad to shoulder pad: 18)
SLEEVE LENGTH: 34" from center seam (back of the neck)
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.