Sears Sucker: Dress Origins
Anyone who sews reproduction vintage knows that it's usually the fabric, not the pattern that can make a dress truly look like it stepped out of history. There aren't *that* many silhouettes. But fabric? That's where it gets really interesting. I'm constantly looking through the Sears Catalog Archive on Ancestry.com for inspiration and an education on dating fabric.
I was absolutely giddy with excitement when I saw this page from the Spring catalog from 1959. Yes, that purple dress is absolutely gorgeous, but there was something more exciting: I actually own that exact dress! The dress was a birthday present from my dear friend, Libett, who found the dress at the Alameda Antique Fair. It hasn't fit until very recently so I still haven't worn it in public.
So now I know the exact origin of my embroidered purple dress. Thank you Sears Catalog Archive!
Have you ever found a dress/garment you owned in an old catalog or advertisement?