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
Museum quality vintage clothing - Sybil Connolly pleated linen dress. Exceptional pleated, hand stitched handkerchief linen dress from Sybil Connolly, the most famous of Ireland’s fashion designers. Those of you who know who she is will appreciate this fine example of her work. She was one of Jacqueline Kennedy’s favorite designers and designed the skirt she wore in one of the most famous of the official White House portraits of the first lady.
If you notice, this dress is rows an drows of pleated fabric. The specialized pleating is her signature design element and it took 9 yards of linen to make 1 yard of pleated fabric! It also took over a month to complete and when you have held one in your hands, you can see why. The details are unbelievable and even the snaps that cover the side zipper indicate the level of craftsmanship. I would describe the color as a deep berry. It is lined with bright fuchsia and bears the label, Sybil Connolly Dublin. There is very minor soiling on the inside of the collar, but other than that, it is in amazing condition. You would be lucky to own one of these very rare vintage dresses!
LENGTH FROM TOP OF SHOULDERS
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.