I have been reading "Horrockses Fashions Off-the-peg style in the '40s and '50s" by Christine Boydell. and published by the Victoria and Albert Museum. You can read about Horrockses here at one of my favourite blogs, the Vintage Fashion Guild. It is a lovely book. The dresses are just beautiful, and the fabrics are amazing, and until today I thought I would never see one.
Because, today I found a Horrockses Dress at the Presbyterian Support Yellow Shop in St Andrew Street, Dunedin
It had been concealed amongst dresses and I had not seen it on my first recon of the store. It called out to me as I was on my final tour of the "retro and party" section.
It was in polyester straight up and down shirt dress in a white a blue floral pattern. Being a size that is greater than 12, I knew it would not fit me. But like a kid with a lollipop I held on to it for a few minutes wondering if I should buy it, just so I could say I owned a Horrockses dress. Then reason got the better of me. I put it back on the rack. Some slimmer vintage loving woman will buy it. I hope. My worst fear is that someone will buy it as a party costume and then vomit on it, or spill red wine on it, or rip it and then throw it away. I hope whoever buys it loves it and realises that it is a part of fashion history.
What would you do if you found a fabulous dress but it was not your size?
What I would like to share today is my new to me necklace display: made from a Tidy Ties rack purchased off Trademe for the princely sum of $1.
Dear H did position it perfectly horizontally, but the mirror moved later, so it gives the impression that it is not straight, but I assure you it is. Anyway, this has practically changed my life, in as much as it has made choosing a necklace so much easier! and when I have made my choice I can remove it from the rack without causing chaos - which was what happened with my previous set-up. I do have more necklaces which are classified as special and live in the original boxes in my top drawer. How do you store your jewellery so you can easily find it?
As I have posted previously, my bangle collection is on a coffee mug tree which is perfect ....for the time being! Unfortunately I keep finding cool bangles and the tree is becoming overloaded!
Hope you are all having a good week!