Oh, the Stories this Pucci Dress Could Tell!

One of our assistant editors showed up with a real gem recently: a Pucci dress that her mother-in-law had purchased in the 1960s while on her honeymoon in Italy. Pucci. Italy. 1960s. The very trio of words evoke images of a suave and elegant time.


Straight out of 1960s Italy.


Time's have changed:  A size 14 is now a size 6.
  

  I would not expect a waist stay in a silk jersey dress.

I greedily stole away with the dress and devoured its details. At a half century, it is still as deliciously vibrant and alluring as I'm sure it was the day it was bought. The only difference is that a Size 14 has now become a Size 6. The dress is a lovely, slinky silk jersey with gorgeous hand, body, and drape. But I found some details I would never expect in a silk jersey dress.

First, the invisible zipper was installed by hand with a meticulous pick stitch. If you turn the zipper edge over, you can see the hand stitching on the underside. Still sturdy after all these years.

Even more surprising is the grosgrain ribbon waist stay, a detail you would expect in a bridal gown, but not in this sexy slip of a dress.

Both were unexpected couture touches that  I would not have expected to find in a dress made from this fabric. I felt very fortunate to see a dress up close that is so classic and yet so now.

For more gorgeous fashions right off the runway that you can sew and add your own special touches to, check out a subscription to BurdaStyle. It's my favorite sewing magazine (after Stitch, of course.)

Do you have any couture gems from another time hidden in your closet. Do tell!

Happy stitching! 

 

 

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Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and SewDaily.com. She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and SewDaily.com. She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.

7 thoughts on “Oh, the Stories this Pucci Dress Could Tell!

  1. So, is this dress assize 14, and you would need to be a size 6 to fit it now, or the other way around? When I hear sizes have changed, I always wonder “which” way.

  2. Yesterday as I was planning projects and just enjoying my stash, I thought of a dress that I had made years ago. It was a slinky knit and I hand picked the zipper. It was such a great dress, and I was wanting to sew something that I could once again hand pick a zipper. The dress that you posted is such a great dress!

  3. Yesterday as I was planning projects and just enjoying my stash, I thought of a dress that I had made years ago. It was a slinky knit and I hand picked the zipper. It was such a great dress, and I was wanting to sew something that I could once again hand pick a zipper. The dress that you posted is such a great dress!

  4. Yesterday as I was planning projects and just enjoying my stash, I thought of a dress that I had made years ago. It was a slinky knit and I hand picked the zipper. It was such a great dress, and I was wanting to sew something that I could once again hand pick a zipper. The dress that you posted is such a great dress!

  5. I ran out of winter clothes last winter. So now that the weather is getting cooler I decided to check my closet and I found clothes that I haven’t worn for 15 years. Well they are still in good condition but to big so I’ve dry shrunk them. It’s a great way to save money.

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