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#121: Two if by Shirt

March 24, 2010

A year ago I wrote what now seems like a hopelessly romantic piece about life after finding the perfect vintage sailor shirt.  Did I really believe that I could die free n’ happy after finding it?  Well, CUE UNBRIDLED FREEDOM AND HAPPINESS, PEOPLE, because some dreams are ’bout to come true!  Actually, cue it X2 because a for all my questing I’ve got an idyllic beauty for each classic motif; blue and white, and red and white.  Apparently women need options.

Cotton sailor shirt c. 1930’s, made in France for Saks.

Adventures in eBay fanaticism!  I scooped this on a whim off of an auction with one blurry picture , from a seller unable to send me a picture of the tag- the best indicator of it’s age.  If a tag feels as if it is made from a synthetic fabric, has a wonky font, or lists content such as “100% cotton”, you’re looking at something from a later era.  Content tags with percentages first appeared in the 60’s.  Content tags that say “All Cotton”, for example, might be from the 50’s.

The left hand seams on very old tees tend to curve forward.

Cotton sailor shirt c. 1940’s, no tag.  I picked this up last fall at Stock in NYC for a pretty penny.

A cigarette pocket on the left hand arm.  Clothing fitted with practical accouterment!  You could have easily offered your doctor a smoke while he took your blood pressure.

Cotton sailor shirts worn on breezy, sunny days, with or without all the daydreams I had attached to my original vision sounds really fine.  Most importantly:  good times in great oldies.  I’m glad it’s spring.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. March 25, 2010 10:37 am

    Those are awesome!! great finds..

  2. March 25, 2010 7:48 pm

    massive freak out!

    funny, too. I just got my grubby hands on my grandfathers peterman picasso sailor shirt this weekend, after months of scheming. woot woot.

    • indiansummervintage permalink*
      March 28, 2010 9:27 am

      matchy match dinner date? X

  3. March 26, 2010 1:39 pm

    couldn’t agree more…with everything you say! sara and i have what may be too many nautical striped shits….but we can never have too many 🙂

    maybe our paths will finally cross this spring/summer once i come out of hibernating!

    happy spring
    xx k+s

    • indiansummervintage permalink*
      March 27, 2010 7:51 pm

      I hope so Karen! A meeting between us has been a long time coming. Happy spring to you and sisie X

  4. March 26, 2010 2:14 pm

    ah yes… a quest I am still on.

  5. March 29, 2010 10:58 pm

    pretty pennies well placed

  6. March 29, 2010 11:21 pm

    I love striped t’s. So simple yet perfect .

  7. April 4, 2010 11:05 am

    What a super ebay find! Anyone with the patience to scan through all the stuff deserves a vintage nautical striped shirt.

  8. April 10, 2010 7:14 pm

    Fabulous finds- I esp. like the first one because of the super soft looking material!

  9. tylerbenz permalink
    April 22, 2010 5:34 pm

    damn. amazing shirts.

    i’m about to do a short write-up on the striped sailor shirt (russian ones i bought recently)… so you mind if i use a few or your shots?

    • indiansummervintage permalink*
      April 23, 2010 7:04 am

      absolutely, use them if you feel them! They don’t look like too much like their Russian brethren (smaller, darker, even stripes) but I hope they add to your piece.

  10. April 28, 2010 1:30 pm

    lucky! i own half a dozen variations on this theme, but no originals. nice work!

  11. Clara permalink
    November 25, 2010 4:06 pm

    Hi! im in love with the red striped shirt…are you possibly selling it??

    • indiansummervintage permalink*
      November 27, 2010 9:18 pm

      thanks for visiting! The shirt is not for sale, sorry to say.

  12. May 20, 2011 4:33 pm

    very nice blog… thanks a lot !!!!

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