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Vintage late 1940’s ‘ St. Michael’ Cotton day dress. Made from a beautiful lightweight floppy cotton in a lovely shade of green with almost stencilled like black floral print. Featuring a button front, shaped neckline and cap sleeve. This is a great staple day dress for everyday wear or great worn with an array of accessories for a more glam look.

Bust 38″, Waist 30″, Shoulder to Waist 15″, Waist to Hem 24″

Good Vintage Condition, flaws to note – Missing original belt but has belt loops, some age related signs of wear but these do not detract from the wearability of the garment. Freshly laundered and ready to wear.

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Divine 1940s dress pattern. Im thinking of making the green version of this dress (in green) for myself, just like the pattern illustration.

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I’m obsessed with this 1940s moss green velvet crepe and rayon dress…those buttons 💚!

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Lydia1940s is fabulous and one of my favourite instagramers who collects and sells vintage clothing from the 30s-50s. Lydia is wearing a Lilli Ann velvet jacket from the 1940s. Those sleeves! Dramatically exquisite!

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Amanda Suter, is one of my Instagram vintage shop favourites butchwaxvintage. Known for her head-turning looks and quality vintage collection .

“The handmade harlequin style polished cotton blouse might be from the 1940s or even earlier. The age is unknown because it is such an unusual piece, but the construction appears as if a corset would have been worn under it. I purchased it from a friend of mine who owns a vintage boutique here in San Diego called La Loupe”.

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This Margit Fellegi bathing suit and skirt ensemble is outstanding, made from a Glazed cotton chintz, elastic Matletex fabric (cotton that was warp-woven with Lastex to give the fabric a subtle stretch).

Margit Fellegi was Cole of California’s Head Designer from 1936 to 1972. Though Cole of California is celebrated in the swimwear industry, Margit Fellegi is largely unknown today. The talented designer spent her entire career working under a corporate label, though she was often named in advertisements and recognized for her achievements on behalf of the brand. Fellegi was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Hungarian immigrants. She studied art at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, and was also a successful dancer – her introduction to design was through making her own stage costumes. Early in her career she opened a custom film costume design studio in Beverly Hills, but in 1936 she was poached by Fred Cole, head of Cole Knitting Mills (later named Cole of California) to be his Head of Design for the company. Fellegi set a fashion-forward standard for the American swimwear industry.

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Dream 1940s dress. I love the waist detailing.

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This dress! I adore it! A vintage late 1930s early 40s black dress with amazing details. This beautifully tailored dress is made of soft black crepe rayon fabric, beautifully decorated shoulder and neckline also in crepe rayon with accent colour beige and covered with a gorgeous red cherries and green leaves embroidery. The cherries are also decorated with tiny white metal buttons. A beautiful tailored A-line skirt and the fitted waist has a zipper closure on the side, black fabric covered buttons on the back, three quarter sleeves and shoulder pads.
label: junior fashions by Carole King
This dress was sold on Etsy a few years ago by secreteyesonly. Oh how I would love to own her, please let me know if you have one of these dresses that you would consider parting with.

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“Lilac and cherry blossoms 🌸 1940s pale lilac dream dress and bow hat (which makes me feel like I have extra ears or propellers)🕊💜”
“One of my absolute most beloved vintage dresses. It’s a late 1930s cornflower blue dress with white embroideries and pockets! When I got this dress a few years ago, it had 1930s flutter sleeves, but I gathered them and hid the seam with a pearlescent button. I also replaced the damaged fabric belt buckle with this 1910s mother of pearl one. ✨ I have absolutely zero sewing skills so this just involved a few stitches. I never do alterations that are not reversible, and with this dress I feel like I’ve made it better. It’s a complete dream of a dress and the fit is absolutely amazing!”
“Cycle of vintage 🕊 Saw this Marie Antoinette-esque late 1930s dress on Etsy a couple of years ago, regretted not buying it (thought it would be too short), then I saw it on Instagram for sale a year or so later, but was too slow to get it. Thought it was forever lost, but then it suddenly was offered to me in a trade after a while 🎀 It obviously just wanted to live with my wardrobe!✨Will be wearing it for the vintage fair on sunday! ✨ (Not for sale!) .”

Ida Catherine is one of my favourite vintage enthusiast’s who is active under the Instagram personae @idacath.

“I’ve always been obsessed with the aesthetics of the past. I long for dreamy, fantastical universes of ballet and pastels and try to recreate these in my personal style. I dress in the late 1930s- early 1940s clothing, preferably teenage swing styles. I have extensive knowledge of vintage clothing and styles from different time periods, but I have chosen not to dress historically accurate. Instead, I incorporate influences from movies, art, and ballet to express my personal style, although my wardrobe is exactly dated between 1937 and 1943.”

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I adore this knitting pattern, the perfect sweater. From a 1941 lady’s magazine called Libelle. This is on a website called Raverly (see link above). Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration. The content is all user- driven; as a community they make the site what it is. Ravelry is a great place for you to keep notes about your projects, see what other people are making, find the perfect pattern and connect with people who love to play with yarn from all over the world in our forums.

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