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The Ava Bergman Swirl

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Although Swirl is a vintage brand most known for their wrap-around dresses from the 40s and 50s, the company was still manufacturing these ingenious pieces of clothing well into the 1970s and 1980s. Enter the Ava Bergman Swirl, my latest vintage clothing purchase and second Swirl dress (you can see my first one here). While I don’t tend to buy vintage from later decades, this dress was just too perfect to pass up (polka dots AND floral appliques that also include a snail!?).

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Designed by Ava Bergmans, this Swirl incorporates a number of similar design features to its predecessors, including pockets (earlier Swirls have patch-pockets, whereas this Swirl has pockets sewn into the side seams of the skirt) and a very forgiving shape. Though this dress isn’t a wrap dress, it is essentially one big tube of fabric that is cinched in at the waist with a belt to fit the wearer.

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While I absolutely adore this dress, there is one design feature that I would change  – I would prefer to have the darker polka dot fabric extend all the way around the bottom of the skirt, and not just in the front. I definitely plan on taking a rub-off of this dress at some point and reproducing it, so that should be an easy fix.

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Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find much (if anything) on Ava Bergmans, although there is a ton of information about Swirl dresses out on the web if you are interested (this article provides a great overview). That being said, I did think it was a nice homage to the designer that her first name is embroidered on one of the leaves of the applique flower.

 

1950s · 1960s · The Vintage Closet · Thrifting · Vintage

The Vintage Closet: Warm woolies. And mink.

Readers, I’ve decided to start a new feature on the little blog here that I’m calling “The Vintage Closet.” You see, I believe I’m developing a shopping addiction, which is probably the direct result of working full-time and therefore having more money than time. It’s a weird thing to adjust to, because for so long I’d been a poor student that had more time than money. Anyways, with this shopping addiction comes not only the purchasing of more clothes for my modern wardrobe, but more clothes for my vintage one, as well. So, The Vintage Closet is my attempt to show you all the fabulous vintage things I’m filling my closet with!

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First off is the new 1950s blue wool sweater dress I just bought yesterday. I’m going to a “Fur and Feathers” luncheon next weekend (how fabulous does that sound!?) and wanted a blue vintage dress that I could combine with the mink collar I just got, as blue and brown just happens to be one of my favorite color combinations.

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I snapped up the mink collar after spotting it in my favorite local antique store, where I also got the pearl charm bracelet. I brought it home and my southern grandmother randomly told me one night while watching television, “You need to put fur on something” (we had been talking about the Fur and Feathers luncheon earlier that day). So, I grabbed the mink collar I had just bought and my black peacoat, draped it along the collar, and showed it to grandma. Of course, she replied, “You can’t get better than that.” No, grandma, you can’t. 😉

However, when I went to go sew the collar on, it was a bit too long for the coat, so I think it will work much better draped along the neck of the dress, like so:

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I also picked this cute 60s green wool blazer up while thrifting last week. I have no idea what I’m going to wear it to (or with), but that really doesn’t matter, does it? 😉

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Finally, if you haven’t entered the Multi-Era Pattern Giveaway yet, there’s still time! I’m giving away 3 patterns to 3 lucky readers, wouldn’t you like to be one of them?