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Saturday, March 22, 2014

· "New Look" Velvet Jacket ·


Here it is- my one and only original vintage garment! :-)

Mom and I decided to go visit an "An-Teek" mall in a tiny nearby town 2 1/2 years ago.  Given the choice of spelling, we had low expectations for the merchandise offered. ;-)  The mall is rather large and some of the booths do tend towards the sketchy-garage-sale-castoffs, but there were lots of gems just waiting to be discovered! :-)  It was such a fun mall after all, and we determined that we prefer our vintage shopping experiences to be "in the rough" and an adventure.  The thrill of the hunt adds such fun (and the lower prices are also a bonus! ;-)).


This velvet jacket was hidden amongst a rack of 1980s dresses, but what a wonderful surprise it was!!  It looks to be handmade, and I'm guessing it is from the early 1950s.  It came with a pencil skirt that seemed more 50s styled, but the jacket seems very "New Look" and edging toward the late 1940s.  The gathered peplum is lined with a stiff taffeta, the front and back are fitted with released tucks, the neckline is gathered into a collar in the back, and the kimono sleeves are finished off with cuffs.

Oh, and it has shoulder pads.  But since they are practically imperceptible (and period!), I made peace with them. ;-)


I was so pleased that this jacket fit, and that it was in such wonderful condition!  No mending/alterations needed. :-)


And these buttons are AMAZING! :-)


All in all- not a bad purchase for $10. ;-)

We've been back to the An-Teek mall several times since, and it has always resulted in many exciting finds!  Despite its somewhat undesirable appearance, it remains a guaranteed fun outing for the two of us. :-)


And yes... while everyone else is posting about the official start of spring this week, I post snowy photos. Besides the occasional warm days, we haven't had much evidence of a new season, so I felt justified in posting this anyway. :-)

· Pictures by Kathryn ·

19 comments:

  1. Its always exciting to find gems in unexpected places! I can't wait to see what else you unearth in your adventures! Vintage clothing can be addictive. : )

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  2. It looks like it was made just for you!

    I know what you mean about "An-teek" malls - the sort that you always wear closed toed shoes in just so no creepy crawlies go scurrying across your toesies. The low prices and hidden gems are definitely worth the potential terror. ;)

    I've recently found a few awesome vintage dresses at a coffee shop of all things! I actually need your family's expertise to help me figure out what decade they come from. :) I'll be doing a blog post on them as soon as I get them ironed up. :D

    Great find - I'm so happy for you!

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    1. Oooh! I'd love to see those dresses! Sounds like a fun find. :-)

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  3. You. Look. Like. A. Dream. Practically perfect in every way!

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    1. Thanks for making me look so good. ;-)

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  4. That is beautiful! You look perfectly vintage. I love your dress too!

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  5. How lovely! I love antique malls, though I rarely go. Just about anything vintage makes me excited!

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    1. I hope you get to do more antiquing! Going with someone with similar interests/attention spans makes it tons of fun. Although one of the downsides is now wanting to stop at every mall we see billboards for! Sadly, we don't add in any extra time on all our cross-country trips. ;-)

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  6. Isn't it funny? Some of the (hem!) most interesting looking flea markets (for instance), exterior-wise, can actually be quite tidy and hugely exciting inside. :-) Gorgeous buttons! And is that the lovely silk dress you made for the wedding last summer???!!!

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    1. Yes! And some exteriors can house such lackluster items! ;-)

      And yes- good eye, that is the dress from the wedding. :-) I'm looking forward to the return of warm weather so I can wear this more often!

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  7. What an absolutely gorgeous jacket! And for $10?!? The fit is awesome, and it looks amazing with that peach dress.

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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  8. What a find! Simply stunning.

    -Charlotte
    boyerfamilysingers.blogspot.com

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  9. This is beautiful! And peach looks great on you! It's one of those colors I simply can't wear. And that jacket is so uniquely and wonderfully cut!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  10. Once again you look wonderful! Great outfit and what a great find on the jacket!

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  11. The jacket is gorgeous! The buttons are just amazing!!!!!! AAAGH! Can I have them?!? :)

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    1. Um. No. You can't have them. ;-)

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