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Du Barry dress
I had no idea Du Barry once made actual garments!
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Date: 7/10/14 1:07 PM

I work part-time at a vintage clothing shop, and this week we got a beautiful pink evening gown in from the early 1940's/possibly late 1930's. It's already pretty extraordinary to get a piece like this in such great shape, but then I saw the garment label--it's a Du Barry!!! I wanted to share this here because I am sure many of you are familiar with Du Barry patterns (I myself am lucky enough to own a couple, but haven't sewn them yet); I had no idea they used to make clothes, too!

It's a beautiful dress, and the zipper is unlike anything I've ever seen: it's lapped, of course, but there is a second layer of fabric that is sewn *on top of* the zipper teeth, so that the zipper slides over the fabric when opened/closed and the teeth are not visible if the lap were to be moved aside once the dress is zipped up. It's just so cool! I bought the dress and joked that I get to have a gorgeous Du Barry gown without doing any of the work!






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Date: 7/10/14 2:42 PM

Gorgeous! We need full length photos, please.

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Date: 7/11/14 10:03 AM

We should have a vintage thread with these kinds of details and get it pinned--this is wonderful. Another vote for a full photo.
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Date: 7/11/14 10:12 AM

Show us the whole dress!

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Date: 7/11/14 10:27 AM

agreed! we need pictures of the wonderful dress. bty do you know what fabric it is made of?

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Date: 7/11/14 10:46 AM

What a find! Envy smites my heart and I look forward to the full length picture.

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Date: 7/11/14 12:24 PM

yes, full pics please!!! Since you described it a super cute... perhaps we should clone a pattern from it!

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Date: 7/11/14 3:33 PM

Fun Facts:
A clothing manufacturer named "Du Barry Modes" was incorporated in 1932 in Brooklyn and leased space in Manhatten. Wikipedia

Du Barry was a pattern brand manufactured by Simplicity exclusively for Woolworth's between 1931 and 1947, per Vintage Pattern Wikia and click-thru history.

The manufacturer appears to be unrelated; Du Barry is also a trademark for a
make-up brand founded in 1903 that is surprisingly (to me) still manufactured.
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Date: 7/11/14 7:37 PM


I think acetate was used a lot back then. Looks to be faille, too. Then again, it could be silk, but my bet is acetate.

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Date: 7/12/14 4:02 AM

Another vote for a full picture- front and back view please.
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