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08:15 am: The Strange Case of the Vanishing Dresses

When I was young, there was a cut of dress that had been around for about 50 year or so. People wore them. You saw them in old pictures. They were popular in a longer form during the Edwardian period. I saw them in real life. I saw them in photographs. I saw them on TV.

It was a dress that often had a yoked top or perhaps a sailor color with slightly raised arms at the shoulders, often in plaid.

And I cannot find ONE good picture of them online.

I thought you could find ANYTHING online.

It could be my that my Google Fu is weak. I've looked regularly over a period of two years. Spring and fall. I've tried all sorts of words. Still, I keep hoping there's a word out there that I haven't thought to use that would be the key.

I can find pictures of dresses from Disney's Avonlea TV show that would be great…just about what I wanted…if I could see them. But the character is always holding a book in front of the dress.

The really weird thing is: they still make dresses like that for little girls. Party dresses and Christmas dresses, made along the same lines. I can find pictures of those…but I cannot find any of the adult version.

When I was young, we girls wanted to wear those pretty party dresses because they were an indication of what we would dress like when we grew up. They were the little versions of what our parents and grandparents wore.

It is odd to have the little version still around…and not be able to find a single good picture of the adult ones.

Like this…but for big girls:

 

 

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From:arhyalon
Date:October 25th, 2012 01:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Gingham Style!

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Your thread title made me laugh so hard.

Have you seen this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xiAbDkXDgg

Thanks for the links. I'll check them out right away.
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From:justjohn
Date:October 26th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)

Re: Gingham Style!

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Looks like somebody went through some Big Trouble to do that!

The DVD commentary to that movie is Carpenter and Russell, mostly laughing their butts off. I haven't watched it straight since then, after learning the big central gag was that Jack Burton was actually the sidekick ...
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 26th, 2012 11:32 am (UTC)

Re: Gingham Style!

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My husband had been saying that about Jack...that he was the sidekick. He was so delighted when he heard the commentary say the same thing.
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From:juliet_winters
Date:October 25th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
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I remember as a child the most popular brand was called, "Polly Flinders."

But not for adults...
That kind may have been popular in the 1860s, with a fuller skirt, of course. Looks very "Little Women" to me.
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 25th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Laura Ashley dresses are also kind of that sort. I had some luck with the above suggestion of gingham. Haven't found the perfect picture yet, but 'vintage gingham' brings it much closer!
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From:juliet_winters
Date:October 25th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
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I accidentally sent a reply anonymously that might be helpful... but it's probably in the to-be-reviewed file.
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 25th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
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I saw it! I just forgot to de-screen it.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 25th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)

Ruching?

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I believe that's the name for what's done with the fabric at the bodice.

This search in google images got some useful things:

ruching plaid dress embroidery collar

Including this page:
http://www.angelfire.com/nm/cw/plaid.html

-va.
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From:thefish30
Date:October 26th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)

Re: Ruching?

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Smocking. It's smocking.
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From:justjohn
Date:October 26th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)

Smocking

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Suddenly with the ancient Steve Allen references ...
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 26th, 2012 11:35 am (UTC)

Re: Ruching?

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The smocking is only an example of what I am looking for...but I notice that if you Google gingham and smocking -- you only get dressed for little girls.
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From:cjmr
Date:October 25th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
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The Wooden Soldier sells traditional holiday dresses like that:

http://woodensoldier.com/browse/products.aspx?cid=28&bid=5
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 25th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Those are exactly the kind of thing, especially the bottom ones. Except I need a picture with adult proportions.
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From:technomage
Date:October 25th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Search for the Atomic Cheesecake photo studio. They do classic 50's pinup photos. I'd be surprised if you don't find one there.
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 25th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
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I will. Thanks!
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 26th, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
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A number of very promising pictures there, thanks!
From:tapinger
Date:October 26th, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
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I don't know exactly what you're looking for, but you could try scanning through the blog Old Rags and see if you spot it, if all the excellent suggestions above prove fruitless.
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 27th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
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