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Gorgeous old stock NWT embroidered cotton shirtwaist dress from the 1950s or 1960s by dressmaker Nan-Leslie (the original Wamsuttta tags are still on the dress). What a rare find! And It looks brand new. The size tag reads 12, which correlates to a 2/4 or 6 in modern sizing. My mannequin is a 34 bust size 6 and it fits her nicely. Check your measurements against mine below for a proper fit.

The Wamsutta Wampoise (no-care combed cotton) campaign was active in 1959-1960 (I found with some Google digging) so I am guessing this dress is from that turn of the decade period. It's a stunning color--bright teal/aqua/Tiffany blue, and the embroidery is tone on tone. I have shown it with a crinoline to demonstrate the buoyancy of the skirt, though it is my studio crinoline and is not included (there are some available on Etsy). This is a fab dress for a winter vacation to a hot spot, and nobody else will have it, I guarantee.

label: Nan Leslie
size: 12
fabric: Wamsutta Wampoise combed cotton
measurements: laid flat
38" bust
26" waist line
15-1/2" shoulder width, seam to seam
41-1/2" back of neck to hemline rear
25-1/4" waist seams to hemline
9" outer sleeve length
* matching belt (the belt loos to have some slight wear, no doubt from being fastened together and jostled in storage for decades. It has few slight dirt marks but nothing glaring.

condition: excellent vintage condition with little sign of wear. Original tags still affixed. Belt has slight wear. No stains, marks, or blemishes that I can find.

Condition: With all vintage clothing I sell I like to say each garment--unless dead stock never worn vintage---has light “general wear,” assuming it was worn at least once. This garment has its original tags, though it was stored for many years in a closet--it's in overall excellent vintage condition: there are no visible stains, no surface marks that call out to me, and no holes from moths or ripping or smells from storage. The matching belt has some light wear form storage It’s your prerogative to launder (if care label suggests), hand wash, or send to the dry cleaners, but in my professional estimation this garment is in wear-now condition.

If you have questions about fit or condition, or if you have any questions about measurements or details that I may have overlooked in listing the item, send me a Convo me with any questions. My policy on returns is this: I don’t like returns--I measure and detail everything with as much info as possible and expect that you will use those measurements to make your purchase. I have done my work and I expect you will have done yours. I’m not an ogre, either, so if there is a real issue with your purchase (other than you changed your mind like you might at H&M or Target) I will take a return on garments that arrive back to me in the same condition I sent them in. I understand that vintage fit can be tricky, so talk to me in advance of issues you have, and afterwards if there is a real problem. I want happy customers, and I certainly want your clothes to fit. If you see and love something and want me to reserve it, I’m usually open to that. I check my account daily so leave a message, or if you are set on a purchase but need a few days just go through checkout and we can sort things out later. While I take PayPal payments, but not credit cards, I am also very happy to take a personal check.

I have so many more items in my shop, from day dresses, vintage hats, fashion magazines, evening gowns and holiday gifts, to winter resort bathing suits and poolside chic. Click here to see what’s in store:

I have another ETSY shop geared towards men, with vintage tuxedos, suits, hats, books, magazines, art, and sunglasses. I like to think it’s a great place to find a gift for a guy, so I’ve called it Great Guy Gifts--see it here:

Shipping: I can ship worldwide (though not everywhere) so Convo me for inquiries about countries not listed. As a rule I try to ship Priority Mail outside of the US when possible to insure that shipments arrive safely and have some sort of trafficking number. I can ship any way you like, though. When I am in town I generally ship same day as purchase or within 2 or 3 days. If I am out of town for extended periods of time I put my shop on hold, so if it’s up online I’m probably in town. Customs fees for international buyers: In your country they most likely collect import duties on merchandise--I have absolutely no control over those charges. Buyers are required to pay those charges, so just know they will arrive with a collection notice.

About me: I am a Brooklyn-based writer and photo prop stylist for magazines like Real Simple, Instyle, Woman’s Day, and I started out in my career dressing windows at Henri Bendel and Bergdorf Goodman. It was there I learned the art of styling clothing and creating a mood with clothes. These days I am a home organization expert, set designer and photo stylist, and my vocation takes me out shopping more often than anyone else I know, and has turned me into a stealth browsing powerhouse that sniffs out props for photo shoots--and along the way gorgeous vintage clothing and accessories. Since I love fancy estate sales I scour them regularly and with great skill; the result is an online shop that I consider a finely curated collection of vintage clothing, home accessories, and mid century odds and ends from high end homes in NYC, Westchester, and Long Island---with very fair/affordable pricing. On the whole I’m an easy to approach seller, and I love hearing from customers looking for specific items. If you love, love, love something but can’t afford it I am often open to discounting, but only within reason. I majorly frown :( on low-ball offers for items in my shops that are clearly well-priced. So please spare me the low balls and do us both a favor and don’t go there.

On fit: But will it fit me? What’s a size 7? How can I know my bust size? To gauge whether a vintage garment will fit properly it’s a good idea to use a tailor’s tape to measure a dress, jacket, or pants that you love and fits you well, then compare them to the measurements I have listed which give the exact measurements of the garment. I measure garments laid-flat to get the actual fabric dimensions and seam dimensions. I either list the “across the bust” measurement, or sometimes double that number for the actual dimension. Most vintage sizing tags don’t correlate with modern sizing, which is nuts (you may be a 4 but a 1960s size 13 might be a perfect fit) so don’t pay attention to vintage size numbers (as a rule). Also, the fitted bodices and busts of vintage dresses do not figure into modern sizing, so if you are busty and have a nipped waist you may find that vintage works well for you. To look great in a 50s fitted dress you may want to consider finding vintage long line bras that will support your bust and fit like the dresses were intended. I’m always befuddled when my female friends don’t know their measurements--just some size number they refuse to budge from--so they never know it stuff they see online will fit. Your bra size is probably your bust size, so you can go from there. It’s a good idea to keep your measurements on an index card in your purse and know your bust, high rib cage, high waist, low waist, measurements. With a tape measure in tow you will reap the benefit of a proper fit wherever you shop. Just saying.

I dutifully detail all measurements, blemishes, and details I feel are necessary in the listing, and welcome additional info about a designer or item from shoppers. In my travels I come across amazing vintage clothing in the spirit of Betty Draper and Joan Holloway from Mad Men--great silhouettes and styles that are hand made, dressmaker patterned, or tailor made by home makers in the 50s and 60s. When I come across major designer labels like Chanel or Dior I scoop them up, even if they are in less than perfect condition, as I know there is someone out there with a mending kit and some moxie that wants them. That said, most of what I like to sell is in clean and ready to go condition.

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See my other Etsy shop where I sell cool and unusual gift items and accessories for men, including vintage bar ware and glass ware, vintage sunglasses and cool and unique eye wear, vintage designer clothing and preppy mens ties, art and fashion books and hot rod and vintage sports magazines, and quality mid century home accessories--all things I feel might make great gifts for the guys in your life:


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60s aqua cotton dress by Nan Leslie - NWT - Mad Men Betty - size 4/6 - Wamsutta Wampoise combed cotton original labels - 1950s 1960s retro


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: cotton, wamsutta, button, sass
  • Only ships within United States.
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