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  • Can anyone help identify the era of this vintage fabric?

    Ok guys, I'm absolutely desperate here.. I'm going to a vintage festival on SATURDAY.. 2 days away, and I have all of TONIGHT to make my dress!!!! I have this fabric but I just want to check it's the right era before I cut into it and sew!!! I've tried twitter, FIVE times on BOTH of my twitter accounts. I've tried facebook twice and nothing..!

    I want to make a 1960s shift dress with it (with a peter pan collar!) to wear with pale tights but.. I'm stumped, I want to get it right!

    WHAT DECADE IS IT FROM?????? HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP!!! ♥ I'll love you forever if you can help!

    Dearest Jackdaw

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  • #2
    Doesn't seem like there are many peeps about tonight, I can't really help I'm afraid, I don't know an awful lot about vintage fabrics but it certainly has a 60's look about it.

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    • #3
      I would say this is definitely 60's / early 70s (when I was in my prime !!!) as the simplistic and repeated block patterns are very evocative of that era.

      It needs to be as short as your legs can stand it, with very little shaping and better sleeveless. If you don't have time to do the peter pan collar, they often had just a very simple boat shaped neckline.

      Great with white tights and knee high boots.

      Oh the memories!
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      • #4
        It strikes me as from the 50s or even the 40s.

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        • #5
          Oh and the knee high boots were streach black or white shiny faux patent leather ( all right.....plastic) and if you were really smart had a big flat silver buckle on them too. Cant see the fabric as a dress though. You would be safer with the Mary Quant look of a black and white short ( very ) shift dress with the peterpan collar.

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          • #6
            I would say it looks 1950s but could also be 60s or 70s depending on the style of the pattern/clothing you use it in

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            Or at least the early beginnings

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            • #7
              I hesitate to say this as I don't want to offend at all but I am sure my Mom had some curtains just like this or very similar.
              I am trying to remember when but I think it was prior to 1960 - just.
              Carol
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              • #8
                My mum STILL HAS curtains like that . In 'the beakfast room' but in yellow as she found that a sunny bright colour that lifted her spirits. We moved into that house in 1958 so I'd say 60s. Thinking back to my hot pants and kinky boot wearing phase, I thought they looked old fashioned in the 70s.
                Isn't vintage a lovely word. Much nicer than the 'quaint' I'm really thinking .

                Ignore us reminiscing crumblies, Loukr. I'm sure your dress will look lovely. We're just jealous we have lost our Twiggy like figures. .

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                • #9
                  Oh yes,I agree with Annie, it will look so much better hanging on you than at any old window. lol. Go enjoy it girl. You will have so much fun.
                  Carol
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                  • #10
                    Would definitely go with 50s... I can see it as a fitted bodice with a gathered skirt with a huge petticoat underneath it rather than a shift dress. But is is a lovely pattern and I am sure you will look gorgeous with whatever you deside upon.
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                    • #11
                      Yes I see it with a bouffant skirt.

                      Thinking of Mary Quant and stick insect fashions, boy was I happy when Hippiness came along. Floaty kaftans flatter/conceal my wobbly bits.

                      AnnieAnna, watching Mad Men and The Hour and thinking......hmmmm, no, I'm sticking with my boho shabby chic.....

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                      • #12
                        Hey everyone! Thank you all for your replies! In the end I ran out of time as I realised the fabric has been stored for I don't know how many years, I chucked it in the washing machine and it wasn't dry in time Just as well really as it was a wasted event and we felt totally ripped off You can see my blog post on it here http://www.dearestjackdaw.com/2011/0...ver-again.html
                        There were so many bad points and so many people agreeing, we all reel a bit taken for a ride to be honest

                        As for the fabric, I think I'll make some bags out of it!
                        Dearest Jackdaw

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                        • #13
                          I feel really miffed on your behalf (and that's putting it mildly!). Is there any way you can get together with others who were conned into paying and either present them with a strong united front and demand your money back (which was taken under false pretences as the event turned out to be FREE) or else all of you approach trading standards.

                          If Vintage think they might be hit for next year's event, it might help them do the decent thing to those they've conned this year.
                          Kate
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                          • #14
                            Hi Kate, thanks for your reply. I've contacted consumer direct and am waiting to hear back. No ones entirely sure who to complain to as they seem to be passing the buck a lot and for all the unhappy people you'd think they'd give you clear information for where to send complaints, but they haven't. urrgghhhhhh!!!
                            Dearest Jackdaw

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