This lovely lady was photographed by Lauren Naimola, from her DearGolden Etsy shop of vintage garments and accessories.
The Carlye Dress Corporation was formed in 1938 in St. Louis, Missouri. It was one of the great junior dress houses located in the city that was noted for its junior wear industry. In the 1940s, one designer was Margot Kopps McClintock, another was Marion McCoy who later had her own label. Sometime before 1967, Carlye was bought by clothing manufacturing giant Leslie Fay and merged into their existing lines. – via Vintage Fashion Guild
The Carlye dress we have for you today is composed of 3 layers:
- Shell fabric that is pleated on the bodice and gathered on the skirt.
- A silk or rayon taffeta lining for support and volume.
- Dotted net decorative outer skirt with a top-stitched ribbon.
Pieced Bodice: The front of the bodice was beautifully constructed from three pieces of pleated shell fabric.
Flexible Ribbon Detail: This ribbon was made of a woven silk or rayon. The weave enables it to curl and spiral, creating lovely shapes. It was top-stitched by machine to the dotted net layer.
Scalloped Hem: The dotted net was trimmed in a scallop shape, then flexible ribbon was top-stitched in a snaking fashion to exaggerate the shape.
Handsewn Blind Hem: To better understand how a blind hem like this is made, check out Sarai’s blind hem tutorial. The only difference here is that hem tape was used on on the raw edge of the shell fabric, then handsewn with a slip stitch.