50s CHECKED cotton day dress in white, red and black - CINCH belt and full skirted - Mid Century New Look style dress by Miss London - S
60s POLLY PECK / Sybil Zecker maxi EMPIRE peter pan collar dress in black cotton with abstract cloud print - S
50s 60s PARIS print day dress in pastel pink and cream - amazing Parisian STREET cityscape with Les Deux Magot and l'Arc de Triomphe - xs
HANDKNITTED 30s 40s style jumper in grey-brown WOOL with blue CHECKERBOARD pattern - homefront / landgirl puff sleeve winter sweater - s-m
Early 50s pink TULIP print sun dress in white WAFFLE texture cotton - romantic STRAPPY floral spring / summer dress - S
TULIP print 50s dress in white cotton with pastel yellow, blue and mint FLORAL print - Mid Century RHINESTONE collar full skirted dress - xs
50s 60s full skirted white dress with PASTEL pink and pale green print - ROMANTIC 1950s Mid Century day dress - s-m
50s blue white POLKA DOT dress with ruched EMPIRE bust and full skirt - Vicky Johnson Mid Century spotty cotton day dress - S
50s NOVELTY border print dress with SPICE bags and VEGETABLE larder / harvest print - Mid Century full skirted sun dress - xs
50s VICTOR JOSSELYN red and green FLORAL dress with huge full skirt and ruched empire bust - xs
70s CANDY STRIPE maxi dress in cream and burgundy - COLOURBLOCK twotone op art 1970s dress - S
JIMMY HOURIHAN Irish Boru wool cape in autumnal shadow PLAID check pattern - 70s bold cloak coat - s-m
50s 60s NOVELTY border print skirt in blue with pink roses and a rural landscape with ROCOCO LOVERS - 1950s full swing skirt - 26"
50s PINK ROSE print cotton dress with ruched EMPIRE bust and huge full skirt - romantic floral Mid Century 1950s Blanes dress - S
50s BUTTERFLY print dress in with RHINESTONE studs and back buttoning - Mid Century NOVELTY full skirted dress - S
50s NAUTICAL novelty full skirt in pale yellow with colourful sea SHELLS, lanterns and ships wheels print - panelled swing skirt - 26"
80s? AZAGURY draped beaded CHIFFON blouse with deep PLUNGE neck front and back - avant garde designer top - xs-s
BRIGHT YELLOW 60s skirt in Irish LINEN - made and hand finished in Hong Kong - 1960s secretary chic wiggle pencil skirt - 25"
RED 40s dress with BEADED midriff and long sleeves - Medieval inspired festive 1940s art deco evening maxi dress - S
late 40s PEGGY PAGE dress in white with blue POLKA dot print - 1940s art deco / landgirl day dress - S
50s 60s POLMARKS wiggle dress in brown LACE and layered chiffon - autumnal 1950s rockabilly / Mid Century fitted cocktail dress - M
50s PINK cotton day dress with thin shoulder straps and FULL SKIRT - Mid Century floral dress by Cornell - S
Handmade NOVELTY skirt in FLAMENCO dance print - rich red, blue and white 50s 60s style swing skirt - 25"
50s novelty GEM print in brown, grey, blue and turquoise - Mid Century full skirted day dress with BELT - M -
50s blue and purple ROSE print skirt with BUTTONING through the front - 1950s Trulo full swing skirt - 28"
70s HAWAIIAN maxi dress in bright blue and green NOVELTY print boats and soldiers - 1970s TIKI dress - M
STRIPED 50s dress in heavy cotton - purple, dark grey and green STRIPY Mid Century full skirted day dress -
50s blue DAISY and POLKA dot print cotton dress - FLORAL Mid Century full skirted summer dress - S
50s FLORAL printed cotton skirt in pale grey with flower border print - ROMANTIC very full SWING skirt - 28.5"
50s full skirt in white and RED with stripe and POLKA DOT pattern - Mid Century swing / full skirt - 25" waist
Melanie on 21 Oct, 20215 out of 5 stars
I was asked many times where I got this fine and elegant jacket and I am so happy with it. the item was as it was described at the page and it totally made me happy.
Thank you so much
The Birdcage - on 19 Oct, 20215 out of 5 stars
I love as always , thank you 💋
hattaraponi on 12 Oct, 20215 out of 5 stars
The jumper is undoubtedly the most gorgeous I've ever had, and the quality is even better than I hoped. It shipped very fast too (although I didn't get a notice of arrival from my post office, but it's not the shop's fault!).
Thank you very much!
Debra on 09 Oct, 20215 out of 5 stars
absolutely stunning coat and in excellent condition. Thank you for prompt delivery too.
The Birdcage - on 07 Oct, 20215 out of 5 stars
It’s perfect 🤩 … perfect print, perfect fit, perfect everything! And I ordered a vintage belt from Ukraine and it’s the perfect missing piece xoxox 💋
foxglovegal on 07 Oct, 20215 out of 5 stars
i love my new dress, the fabric is such nice quality, thank you!
Jan on 07 Oct, 20215 out of 5 stars
Amazing coat!!!! Arrived the next day of purchasing!!!! Fantastic!!
Clare on 26 Sep, 20215 out of 5 stars
This piece arrived carefully packed, exactly the colour, texture and quality photographed :) I'm so happy and have already worn it out and about several times.
hilary on 18 Sep, 20215 out of 5 stars
Absolutely fabulous dress. Beautifully packed and fast delivery. Very pleased.
On wearing history, stories from the attic and other sartorial matters...
On my birthday when I was six my great great grandmother passed away. She left behind her an attic full of clothes, stored in dusty moth proof bags, that my mother brought back to our flat and hung in her bedroom wardrobe. To a child these dresses, mostly evening wear - heavy beaded satin and glistening gold brocades - seemed archaic if not otherworldly. Opening the doors to the wardrobe was like entering another time, I would stand there, softly stroking the old fabrics or brushing my chin against the cold and smooth satin. I felt like I was grasping for something I could not yet fully comprehend - something long lost - something that so inherently belonged to my great grandmother and yet at the same time had nothing at all to do with the old lady that we used to go visit. As a child, to me she was mostly just old. She moved so slowly through the stillness of her house, the doily covered mahogany furniture, the yellowed lace curtains and porcelain decorations. It was almost like a frozen landscape, like a dolls house. Nothing moved. We would go there for tea, and in typical Swedish tradition, she would always serve up seven types of biscuits, all of which she still baked herself, at the age of 96. In the small chamber adjacent to the kitchen, lay her husband, almost always screened from us children by a closed door. It was one of the many secrets that house held. We would hear him cough through the wall and occasionally catch a glimpse of the crumpled cotton bedding and his pale white arm and face as she entered and exited. Then one day the door was left wide open and the bed was made with fresh sheets.
Not only did the elaborate gold gowns and beaded satin dresses with boned corseted bodices seem to have come from a place of fairytales or royals, they also seemed so far removed from the world of my great grandmother. A world of stillness and simplicity. It was not until we found her wedding dress and along with it the photos from her wedding that some little piece of history dislodged itself and unravelled. It was a simple long sleeved dress in antique cream with a very very fine floral brocade and covered buttons up the back and it was tiny. It was so small in fact, that as a child it fit me almost perfectly, if not for the length. It was the first time history took shape before me and became something almost palpable, something physical: My great grandmother had once been young, I would once be old. That made to measure wedding dress carried the ghost of her body. She was there, in each seam and thread, as was her youth, her joy, her sorrows, her hope and future.
And this is why I love my job. For each garment carries this presence, this weight of all things lived through, even when its stories elude us, or it's previous owners are long lost. It's an absolute honour, in so many ways, to carry on this history, to see these garments live on with new owners.
Read more about the story behind the shop in the Etsy Seller Handbook feature here:
And please visit the website at www.sartorialmatters.co.uk
Avid collector, with a history in both antiquarian books and vintage clothes. I started up Sartorial Matters in 2011 and run it as a one-woman endeavour - picking, photographing, modeling, listing and posting.
Accepted payment methods
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
I don't accept cancellations
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
- Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
-Please note that vintage items can be fragile and handle your garments with care, specially vintage zippers which can slightly more delicate than modern ones, remember these are garments that are often over 50-60 years old. I will not accept returns or refunds for zippers, fasteners or seams that have been broken by the buyer if it was fully working when I send it out. I can also not accept returns/refunds for garments damaged by a buyer in the wash.
-Please always go by the measurements when checking the size and please get in touch with any questions regarding fit, I'm happy to help! Larger items may be pinned to fit the model/mannequin. Any sizing given is my estimate, and as vintage sizing can be slightly different from modern sizing, please refer to the measurements for your best fit, and ideally compare the given garments to a similar garment that suits you well. Remember to allow a little room for movement, specially in coats and shirts.
-Accessories are not included in the sale unless otherwise stated. Most full skirted 50s dresses are shown with crinoline/petticoat, which is not included in the sale.
-I try to show the exact color of each item in the photos and describe it in the listing if there is any colour discrepancies, but please note that colors may differ slightly depending on your computer & monitor settings and natural/studio lighting. I can not offer refunds for slight colour differences.
RETURNS AND EXCHANGES
UK and EU SALES
Returns are accepted on UK and EU sales only, for a full refund of the purchase price, under below conditions:
- Please contact me asap after receiving your item (ideally within 3 days) and post back within 14 business days of original receipt. Tracked/signed for postage is recommended, as any return lost in the mail will not be refunded.
- The garment must be returned unworn and unwashed in original condition. If an item is sent back and is damaged in any way, I reserve the right not to refund the return and the item will be sent back to you.
- Return shipping costs will not be refunded unless the return is a result of my error.
I do not offer general return on International sales. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
I'M ALWAYS HAPPY TO HELP. I do my best to describe each garment as accurately as possible, and include all the measurements, but if you have any problems with your order or you are unhappy with your item, please contact me before leaving feedback. If a mistake has been made or an item has been grossly misrepresented I will do all that I can to rectify it, and I'm always happy to help/resolve if there is a problem. THANK YOU!
I provide the best most reliable postal service I can, which means it unfortunately costs a bit extra. All UK items will be sent with the Royal Mail recorded service for a guaranteed delivery. Tracking details can always be provided. If you would like any details, or other options, don't hesitate to get in touch.
UK first class mail usually takes 1-2 days to arrive.
All international mail will be sent with the ROYAL MAIL SIGNED FOR or the ROYAL MAIL TRACKED service (depending on destination). Both services are trackable and provides a signature upon arrival. This costs a bit extra but ensures all mail arrives safely.
Approx delivery times for international mail is 6-10 working days but during high demand periods or customs delays this occasionally takes a little bit longer. If you need your item urgently or your order is time sensitive do get in touch, and I will advice.
-If you are living outside of the UK/EU: Charges such as Value Added Tax (VAT), Customs Fees, Duties, Handling Charges, or Other Charges imposed by your country when you import goods are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are between you and your country and are your responsibility.
- Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to buying.
- These charges are normally collected by the delivering freight or shipping company, or when you pick the item up. Don't confuse them for additional shipping charges."
RETURNED TO SENDER
Please note that for any mail that has been returned to sender due to a failure of the buyer to collect it from the post office on time, will incur an additional postage fee to re-ship.
All orders are shipped with tracking and the tracking link is uploaded to the order page once shipped. For further tracking updates, the tracking number can be entered into on Royal Mails website - https://www.royalmail.com/track-your-item#/ - which also has a link to for the tracking on their local delivery partners website for international orders. I recommend checking the tracking to avoid missed deliveries or items getting returned to sender due to non-collection.
Additional policies and FAQs
I'm happy to do reserves. An item can be put on reserve for 3 days. If you want a longer hold, a deposit is required. If you have special circumstances or questions or a specific time plan, please get in touch as I'm happy to accommodate.
Please note, the customer reserves are offered as a courtesy to buyers and the reserve will only begin once the shopowner has responded to the reserve request and confirmed it - as the shop can be busy and things sell fast - please beware that items may sell before I get a chance to respond to your reserves request.
Layaway options are available. 25% of the price is expected as a deposit at the start of the layaway to reserve the item with the remaining amount being in up to 4 installments within a month. If you have special requirements, I'm happy to work out a plan that works for you, so just get in touch.
I aim to respond to messages within a day. All messages will be answered asap, but as I'm a one-woman-shop, my working day can be quite busy, and sourcing trips and posting occasionally means I'm out of office, and will cause slight delays in responding times.
Please note - when canceling an order, the shop is charged a small fee by both paypal and Etsy in order to refund and relist. Please, if you can avoid it, don't place an order only to immediately cancel it.
I do have a small Spaniel. He is not allowed in the shop/stock room but if you are extremely sensitive or allergic to pets, it might be good to note that I am a pet owner. If you have any questions or concerns, do get in touch.