I’m reviewing two dresses today, but I had enough pictures and things to talk about that I’m splitting it up into two blogs. This one covers my experience with a novelty print dress, while the other talks about the drawbacks and benefits of vintage rayon.
I’m a sucker for a good novelty print, so I couldn’t resist this 1940’s vintage bird print dress from Etsy seller CalenderGirlVintage. It seemed like a nice casual dress that could be worn year round in a warm climate, as well as layered under various cardigans during the coldest part of the year. As a bonus, it still had the original self fabric belt attached! I bought this using the same 44 – 36 – 46 measurements as the other vintage dress, so I had some room to move and so I wouldn’t be putting any stress on the seams. Like the other dress, this one looks barely worn and is in perfect condition. It has nice strong seams and feels really sturdy.
This dress has some great vintage details, like pockets! It’s definitely meant to be a more casual piece than the vintage rayon dress that I bought, but it feels like the perfect day dress for this transition into fall.
This dress also has these fabulous button and collar details that really turn it from something average into something special.
The little birds on this are adorable and I love that their latin names are included underneath each one. It’s the kind of print that you don’t see made anymore, which makes this a really special piece in my wardrobe.
The dress has a great shape and a nice drape to it as well, which is great when you don’t want a super full skirt. It’s a fabulous casual 1940’s dress that I suspect I’ll get tons of wear out of – it’s nice to think of someone’s design for themselves all those years ago coming back around to my closet.
How do you feel about vintage dresses versus reproduction vintage? Have you tried vintage dresses?