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Dear Friends,

I picked up this sweet 50’s dress at the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, WV. A dear woman named Rochelle has a fantastic vintage clothing booth named “The Garage Mahal” and this was one of two dresses I took off her hands.

This dress has a full skirt, collar-bone friendly neckline, and the cotton fabric is the sweetest pale blue and white. I added a dark blue leather belt and matching shoes.

Thanks for reading friends!

Sincerely,
Nora Jane

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Dear Friends,

Once or twice before in my life, I have been given vintage dresses by kindly women who are looking for a good home for a dress, but never have I been given something that is so exactly aligned with the era and style of dress on which I have patterned my “look.” After hearing that I was wearing a true 1940’s seersucker romper (blog post to follow :), Nancy, resident of Middletown, RI, came up to me during the intermission of our show at Common Fence Music last night and told me she had several of her grandmother’s dresses form the 40’s in her closet. When she asked me if I would I be interested in adopting them, I jumped up with an enthusiastic, “Yes!”

The bootleggers and I stopped by her house first thing this morning wear I tried on this amazing garment. As we got in the car to drive away, Dave, my mandolin player, said, “I think that might be the best dress you own.” I think I might just agree.

Thanks for reading friends!

Sincerely,
Nora Jane

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Dear Friends,

If you’re ever in Fayetteville, AR…check out Cheap Thrills, a fine vintage and thrift store. This 5o’s fancy gown was just beautiful, but sadly, I left it in Arkansas. Purple lace top, beautiful full skirt, great condition; I just didn’t see myself wearing it on stage.

Thanks for reading!

Sincerely,
Nora Jane

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Dear Friends,

This early 1940’s dress is by far, the most delicate dress in my closet. The fabric is almost like tiissue paper which makes me hesitant to wear it during a performance, as I might tear it while rocking out.

The pattern is an emerald green and pink floral and the sleeves and collar are handmade lace. It has darling mother of pearl buttons down the front of the breast. With no zipper, this dress slips over the head and snaps down the side with one hook right at the waist.

I found it hanging on a wall all alone in an antique mall in Christiansburg, Virginia and knew it was meant to be mine.

Thanks for reading friends!

Sincerely,
Nora Jane

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Dear Friends,

Michigan in July is a very good thing.

The Bootleggers and I had two very nice shows at night and Saturday afternoon we played an in-store at the famous: Elderly Instruments. I wore this sleek late 1940’s early 1950’s blue-bell linen skirt with a white tee-shirt tucked in. This skirt is such a winner because the material is heavy and so it sways beautiful when walking. It also has a lovely thick band at the waist which means no belt is necessary (perfect for warm weather) and this detail is echoed in the slanting pockets.

Visiting Elderly was something I’ve always wanted to do and getting to perform my first time there was pretty neato.

Thanks for reading friends.

Sincerely,
Nora Jane

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