Tuesday, March 06, 2012

It's in the Details

 Pretty dress, isn't it?  From Spring 1949, this rayon crepe dress by Berkeley Juniors sold for $15 (about $143 in today's dollar.)  That's not an outrageous amount of money.  But I guarantee that if you go out and spend $143 on a modern dress at the mall today, the quality will not compare to this dress from 1949.  And you won't find the intricate details that make this dress so special.

You see, the light and dark stripes are not printed on the fabric.  Those are separate panels of fabric that have been seamed together.  To make the dress even more special, the seams are accented with contrasting saddle stitch embroidery.  I can't tell if the saddle stitching is done by machine or hand here, but it really serves to take this dress to the next level.  Saddle stitch is a variation of a basic running stitch with a longer stitch length.  It is intended to be a strong accent and is usually worked in a thick, decorative thread like buttonhole twist in a contrasting color.

Do you love it?

4 comments:

Louise said...

' But I guarantee that if you go out and spend $143 on a modern dress at the mall today, the quality will not compare to this dress from 1949. And you won't find the intricate details that make this dress so special.'
AMEN! And I bet that this dress was made in a union shop in America, with fair wages and good working conditions, where as today's dress may have a very unpleasant back story to it.

Erin said...

Two reasons why I make my own clothes. I control the quality and the working conditions. :)

MrJeffery said...

i love this dress and the little details are so pretty.

Anonymous said...

In addition to the saddle stitching, I marvel at the clever use of the shaped "v" inset and white horizontal bands to broaden the shoulders and to minimize the waist. Genius!

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