|from McCalls, December 1960 issue|
Remember party dresses?
If you're not a baby boomer or the mother of a baby boomer, probably not. What a shame! How glorious it was to don those special outfits for birthday celebrations, weddings, family gatherings, and church.
One began with a petticoat...
|From Montgomery Wards 1962 Fall/Winter catalog. What I wouldn't give to have #12, the "Eight Ruffles" Bouffant Petticoat in pastel with pink!|
|Same catalog; these are for little girls.|
|This page (and the previous one) from the 1963 Sears Christmas catalog. Red velveteen! Swoon!|
|Spiegel, Spring & Summer 1963... Love that Dacron!|
Pretty little ballerina flats worn with lacy anklet socks or tights book care of the lower extremities. A hairband or bow, and perhaps even a pair of wrist-length cotton gloves and a matching purse completed the ensemble. Wonderful!
And it wasn't just little girls who wore these lovely, filmy dresses.
Here's a 1962 advertisement for Sears prom dresses, featured in the December issue of McCalls:
|The model's wearing fabulous red pointed-toe high heels to match, though my scanner has cut those off, drat it!|
A couple of weeks ago I had the good fortune to find a beautiful example of one of these lovely vintage dresses in near-mint condition, and in just the right size for my year-old granddaughter My thanks to my wonderful daughter-in-law for sharing these photos!
|The slip is made of taffeta, I believe. It can even be worn alone, it's so nicely made.|
|Here's the outfit with the flocked organdy (or organza?) lace dress over the slip. This treasure cost $3.00.|
In my next post I'll show you examples from my vintage flocked fabrics stash.
Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the latest edition in my series of "Give Twice: Gifts with Heart" treasuries: