Friday, May 14, 2010

Follow the Fleet Sailor Flour Sack Frock = Find of a Life Time

30s feedsack and floursack dresses come in so many different forms.  Some are humble and sweet. Some are homely and homespun.  Others are nothing short of fabulous.  The most mind-blowingly awesome 1930s floursack dress I've EVER found, and that is staying in my personal collection forever if possible is a white and navy sailor dress.  Yes, guys and dolls, this was made out of flour sacks by some amazing Depression-era dame, possibly after seeing Jean Harlow's sailor dress in George Hurrell's 1932 photo "Sailor Suit Girl" or maybe in honour of Bette Davis's famous ice cream photo OR even after seeing Follow the Fleet?  Personally, I think it's from 1933, so I feel like Jean inspired this one.  One way or another, I definitely know how lucky I was to have found this dress...and for a STEAL I tell you! I feel sorry for the vintage dealer I got it from, actually. She had no idea what she had here.  Okay, I'm heading back out to enjoy the sunshine.  Have a glorious weekend!!



1930s flour sack sailor dress: top secret vintage dealer
1930s yellow bakelite sunglasses: eBay



Relevant Youtubage: Gracie Allen singing and Eleanor Powell dancing,"Honolulu" (Gracie's got an adorable sailor dress on, dontcha know!)

20 comments:

Carys said...

Amazing find!!! Lovely photo too!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

Miss Matilda said...

adorable on you :-)

Q's Daydream said...

gahhhhhh! YOU know I'm jealous!!!! lol ;o)

Stefanie Valentine said...

I'm not surprised that you never want to let go of it, it's gorgeous! I definitely think it's Harlow inspired.

nancy said...

Could you PLEASE stop being so adorable?!? LOL!

Love it. Great ensemble. And good on you for keeping your sources secret!

Pink Flower said...

Utterly gorgeous!

Celia Rose said...

What an amazing find! Anything 30s and nautical!

Celia Rose said...

Love the clip too! xx

Tess said...

I can never decide which of your dresses is most perfect, but for now I think it's this one!

Miss Go Lightly said...

I'm green with envy! (good envy that is! =D)

Betty said...

Oh, LOVE it! I am a bit obsessed with vintage nautical wear!

Trixie said...

I have to stop looking at your blog because it makes me want to shop!!!!

Rueby... said...

!!!! You need to post a standing shot of that one! Looks fabulous! So jealous :)

Andi B. Goode said...

Oh my! That is one of the most amazing dresses I've ever seen.
-Andi x

Louise said...

You look gorgeous. Am rather envious of your euphoria. Please send me some of your vintage shopping karma!

Nancy said...

love!

Pixie Drive-In said...

Love it! It's so Harlow! The ice cream photo of Bette Davis is one of my favorites of a vintage star too.

BaronessVonVintage said...

Wowee! Thank you ALL for these amazing comments. I hope I didn't come off as too gloaty, but it definitely was a find of a life time I wanted to share! xoxo

I'll try to get some "standing up" shots posted, Rueby, but it's been yucky weather this morning and didn't think to take any yesterday when it was summer like. Soon ?!

Lolita Haze said...

I am so jealous! Ahhhh!

Riikka said...

What a stunner! I would LOVE to see more detailed photos of this number, if possible.