Sunday, 8 April 2012

Vintage snobbery = a fab 60s dress for me!

Happy Easter everyone! This morning, Michael and I decided to go to the Vintage Village at Stockport - the big monthy vintage fair that I blogged about last November. I decided to wear my gorgeous new (to me!) 60s dress to the fair. This dress has a story, which is vintage snobbery at its best! I'm not going into it, but as a whole, I hate vintage snobbery. On this occasion however, it worked in my favour!
You know the sewing class I have been going to? Well, one of the retired ladies who goes, Carol said to me a few weeks ago that she had been clearing out her loft over the past few months and had an original 60s dress that she used to wear, that she thought I may like. She brought this dress in and I fell in love with it! I was also thrilled that it fits me perfectly - woo hoo!
She also told me that a few weeks previously (when she had first found the dress, amongst other 60s clothes), she had been going down to visit her daughter who lives in London. Her daughter said to bring the clothes down, and see if she could sell them at one of the vintage shops there. So Carol took the dress, along with some other original pieces along to a well known, and exclusive vintage shop specialising in 40s to 60s, and asked the shopkeeper if they bought clothing. Without even looking in the bag, the man looked Carol up and down and said snootily "Not from the general public, no". He then carried on with what he was doing and ignored her! How rude! So Carol left the shop, and brought the things back home, ready to put into the charity shop bag, until she met me at the sewing class and asked if I would like the dress! Yes please!
Here are some of the details:
Made by Dolly Rockers - designed by Sambo. I did a bit of research and found that 'Sambo' was actually
Samuel Sherman. From the Vintage Fashion Guild:
 "Samuel Sherman teamed up with Dolcis Shoes so that they could coordinate that season’s ranges and carry out a joint publicity campaign headed by the Smith’s Crisps girl Pattie Boyd, who had conveniently just begun dating a Beatle when the campaign began, so she got a lot of extra attention for both labels"
Look at the cute shaped collar and contrast black buttons! I did put my hair in a mini beehive, but you cant see it at this angle!! I'm also wearing my Bakelite screwbacks.
The dress is such a lovely bright turquoise colour. Its also some kind of mohair mix (eek -itchy!) so I'm wearing a long sleeved high neck top underneath!!
And my Bakelite bangles, including my newest addition, which is the mango coloured carved one in the middle - just $22 off Etsy :)
And my original 60s/70s knee high boots - £3 from a flea market in Manchester
And a couple of pics from inside the fair
It had even expanded from last time into the old Produce Hall, which is now a permanent vintage fixture in the town centre, called The Room at the Top:
Although we saw tons of cool stuff, we didn't actually buy anything this time. We are really tight on space, and so until we move, we don't really want to buy much. We did stop off on the way home for Tapas, which was delicious. Hope you are all having a nice Easter break! :) 


  1. Well if that isn't the coolest story behind a dress I have ever heard! What a score! The collar is the most fantastic and I love you in turquoise! From head to toe you look incredible! I had no idea there was such a thing as vintage snobbery, pft.
    Hope you enjoy the rest of Easter, the fair looked like a fun place to wander and I applaude your self control:)

  2. I very rarely lose my temper but people like that man in the shop make me see red, how rude!! I hope Carol wasn't too upset.

    Anyway at least you got a wonderful dress out of it and she knows it's gone to a happy home.

  3. Hah! Win! :) Much better in your wardrobe and you looking pretty in it, than a snobby git making profit from it! :) You suit the colour perfectly! :) x

  4. oh god I hate vintage snobbery so much! But it went to a great home in the end

  5. What a win! And that vintage fair looks amazing!
    Looking beautiful and it is a stunning colour and please don't get me started on the cute collar <3

  6. Score on the cute dress and boo to snobs (unless it works out in your favor)

  7. Vintage snobbery is the worst, but what a fabulous dress! the collars are amazing!

  8. Oh, it is GORGEOUS. I am MAD about the colour. I am so into the '60s right now BUT I have fat little legs and am super self-onscious about them, so I have to do theearly '60s dresses when they were a little longer. You look great in it and I loathe snobbery of any kind. I don't know who that woman is but I am BOYCOTTING HER STORE (even if it is in another country).

    Happy Easter.


  9. You look so pretty on turquoise, just love the cute collar.
    Oh hell no! Well atleast the dress went to someone like you that appreciates vintage.
    I never heard of vintage snobbery,how rude!
    That vintage fair looks marvelous

  10. Absolutely awesome dress and you're right the collar is awesome! I love how you teamed it with the cute black bow belt also which ties in perfectly with the black buttons!

    A big 'harharhar' to that snooty shop owner who stuck his nose up at a brilliant opportunity - his loss, your big happy gain!

    The vintage fair looks great - They are few and far between up here in the north but when they do come around I'm always so excited! xxx

  11. The collar is amazing! You look great in the dress.

    I was meant to go on Sunday but I was too ill :( hope you had a good day and found some bargains!

  12. You look glad that dress made it to you.It looks fab.And the color looks great on you too.Love the boots and bangles.xx

  13. You look great - it's a fab colour. Yaboosucks to the up himself shop owner - far better you have it anyway.

  14. Hi, I've done some searching online and come across your fab blog.
    I'm starting a dress making class after the summer at my local college and the dress pattern you've used here is so cute - you said it was a good starting pattern so... I wondered if you know the make and name of the pattern so that I might use it?
    Laura x

  15. oops I put this on the wrong post but I'm sure you know what I mean!

  16. Hi Laura,
    It was a dress pattern that was free with a magazine called Prima about 3/4 years ago, so I don't think you would be able to find it, sorry! :( x

  17. Thank you for replying! x Laura