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Date: 5/26/13 9:58 AM

I work in an alteration shop and we have a client who buys authentic vintage and then brings them to us to fit her. (She always buys too small a size but that is another post.). She brought us original Lilly Pulitzer shift dresses from the 60's. They are so beautifully constructed. Compared to today's " higher end" RTW, they are couture. Completely underlined, and exquisitely finished inside, beautiful silky cotton/ poly fabric. They are a joy to work on. The side seams are 3/4 inch and pressed open. French darts, 2 inch hem allowance, lapped zippers that are flawless. When I started to work on the dress I thought they were home sewn, by an extremely talented seamstress. I was shocked to realize just how shoddy in comparison today's RTW has become. Just waxing poetic today, but if you have an opportunity to check out one of these dresses, take the time to enjoy their beauty.

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Date: 5/26/13 11:18 AM

I am a Lilly Pulitzer nut! I have a number of her clothes and my DDs also wear her. I did purchase a few of her vintage dresses to deconstruct and refashion into skirts but wow, what work to open seams, etc. Her work is unbelievable! I do have a vintage skirt that has her label but the work does look like it was homemade. I wonder if at one time if you purchased her fabric they gave you a label to sew in, like Liberty of London fabric.

Good luck with the alterations!

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Date: 5/26/13 3:45 PM

I still see and find dresses like that, and a lot of them probably are not more than 5, 10, or 15 years old. Some do come home with me so I can wear them. However, I most times find them, in the Goodwill stores, and often they do have a Hong Kong Hotel Tailor's label in them or such, so in that case I really think the person whom had them made up, did have them made there, while either living there or just traveling though.

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Date: 5/26/13 3:51 PM

Oh, Tarb: can't you take photos and show us all. I love that part of Claire Shaeffer's books: seeing whats under and inside!

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Date: 5/26/13 6:01 PM

Ooh...those dresses sound lovely! Out of curiosity...how are the seam allowances finished?

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Date: 5/26/13 8:28 PM

Oh my! I remember these! Much too expensive for me to buy (when they weren't vintage), but they were fun to try on at Broadway. I've been contemplating the high quality RTW of the 50's and 60's as of late, and too have wondered why this went out the window. Did you know that Lilly Pullitzer has a website? click here

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Date: 5/27/13 9:05 AM

The seams are over cast separately, then sewn together and pressed open. They also have a line of straight stitching about 3/8inch way from the cut edge. I think the straight stitching was used to do the underlining.

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Date: 6/2/13 7:45 AM

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Did you know that Lilly Pullitzer has a website? click here

I doubt the ladies of yore would have approved of those hems! They are barely at mid-thigh, most of them. Not elegant at all
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