The dress arrived today and was NOTHING like the description. Turning it inside-out I could see extensive cutting and re-sewing to take it in, and what might be the worst hem job I've ever seen. The zipper was puckered, the fabric snagged, and the sleeve coming apart at the seam. There's alterations, and then there's assault with a sewing machine. This was the latter. To me, that isn't "Very Good" condition. It was so misrepresented, I sent it back. Hopefully, the refund will go OK (I did contact the seller who claims after 13 years in business this has never happened, but they're sorry I'm "Not happy with my purchase." I'll be happy when the refund arrives. What kills me is that this is a supposedly reputable website that advertises on several vintage blogs. Anyway, I guess I counted my chickens before they hatched because I am still on the quest for my Grail dress. Boo hiss. Anyway, if anyone spots this sucker in a size 12-14, drop me an email.
I finally found a Paganne Mayan print dress in a size that is larger than a toothpick. It is missing the belt, but as it zips all the way down, I will likely wear it as a coat, or with a silver 60's link belt. I have been looking for this particular dress for a good forty years (probably more)! I would still happily buy another in black and white with the original belt if I could locate one in my size under $100.00 USD, but I'm not holding my breath. I'm going to be thankful for the one I found. Now that I have my, "Holy Grail" dress I'm not sure there's anything lacking in my collection. I'm serious. I now have a good representative late 60's/70's collection with items by all the usual suspects (Dior, Halston, YSL, Mr. Blackwell, de la Renta, Cashin, etc.) and I *think* I'm done. It shipped today, so I'll have to examine the condition when it arrives, but if it is good, I think that's it for my deliberate collecting. I feel like I achieved something important. Oh, I know it wouldn't seem like much of an accomplishment to most people, but I know you vintage collectors out there understand. I'm still in a bit of shock that I found one at a price I could manage.
Perfume is another story though. Tonight I ordered vintage Azuree (be still my heart!), Nahema, Chanel No.19, and some pure civet oil because
Finally, I bought some foundations because mine were sadly no longer up to the job as I've gained a tonne of weight. I bought them online at one of those, "Old People" catalogs where you can purchase shoes with arch supports, nose hair trimmers, and fleece pullovers with images of kittens. I'm an old lady, I want "Old Lady" undergarments. If they're good, I'll post the name of the company and do a review. I really hope they work out because our department store bras are mostly of the padded/push-up variety and lord knows, I don't need that!
Whew, that was a lot of on-line shopping. I'm exhausted, this calls for a drink. Remember in the old days when you had to get up off your behind, and go out to shop? No snotty sales clerks, no looking for parking, and no crowds. Much as I like to complain about technology getting ahead of me, I can truthfully say it has made this aspect of my life much easier.
Do you have a "Holy Grail" item that you've been seeking for years? If you found it, did it leave you satisfied, or did you just end up wanting something else?