Saturday, May 21, 2011

1957 Florida Fashions Catalog Pt. 3

It's been a while since I posted any pictures from my vintage catalog, so I thought what better time to show the other pictures than today?

First, before we get to the important business, I have a confession to make. I bought more zippers today. Yes, more zippers to add to my already exploding collection. Here is my defense: new zippers are expensive, and vintage, secondhand zippers are cheap, and metal. I plead not guilty to zipper hoarding. I also bought two pieces of fabric and two curtains to cut up for fabric. If someone were to ask me my favorite place to shop, is estate sales an acceptable answer?

On the sewing front, I have cut out two pairs of shorts and have started on one pair. When reviewing the envelope I failed to realize that the first pair I am working on have an actual fly front zipper. Gulp. Hopefully, I will figure it out without too much headache, and only minimal time with my archenemy, Mr. Seamripper.

Now, I am trying not to post any pictures from the catalog that I've posted before, but please forgive me if there is a duplicate.

I love all of those skirts!

A nine yard skirt? Wow.

I adore that fitted white dress.

Those blue polka dots are simply marvelous.

The blue fitted dress is so chic.

Why yes, I would wear all of those dresses today.

So, readers, which styles are your favorites? Would you were these today? Anything you wouldn't be caught dead in? Chime on in, I love to hear everyone's thoughts.

Happy Sewing!


  1. Don't you just love the prices on these dresses!

    You can't have too many zippers--and they don't rot.

    On one of your captions don't you mean "nine yard skirt", not "nice yard skirt"?

  2. Oh! I love these sooo much! I especially love the teal dress in the third picture! I want to replicate that one!!

  3. Oh, this are fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing, Rebecca!

    Fun fact: I think I might own that "Pongee" dress in the 14th picture, only mine is the "blue-and-brown" version. I picked it up on Etsy last fall! It's way too big and I haven't fixed it yet, but this gives me a little motivation to do so. The blonde just looks so happy wearing it!

  4. glorm- Oops. yes I did mean nine. Thanks for pointing it out so I could fix it. The prices are fantastic! If only we could have one day to go back in time and buy them at those prices.

    Debi- That teal dress is so pretty!

    Mary- You must post a picture of your dress! I'd love to see it. :]

  5. I wont fuss about your zippers which are great to have, if you wont say anything about my photo and button hoarding. :) I checked out Estate Sales here, I am going to have to wait for one until July, but it looks like it will be a good one.

  6. I love to read the old prices. I have actually never seen something priced with a .39$ as the cent price. That first dress priced at 3.39$ ! Now things just end in .95$ or once in awhile.50$ Now how's that for being random? Oh and you can find me at garage sales almost everySaturday too.

  7. Oooh, boy, those giant culotte things. I can't decided if they're awesome, or awesomely terrible.