Thursday, May 21, 2009

jacquard: one of my first loves in fashion

Back in the 1960's, Mom owned a dress very similar to the Dolce & Gabbana "Jackie" silk dress pictured on the left (item number 245437 for $3,550 at Nordstrom).

I dunno if Mom's dress was made of silk and I dunno how much she paid for it; in fact, she may have sewn it herself, but I do know Mom's dress looks a lot like the Dolce & Gabbana dress with a jacquard pattern atop a sleek white shift dress.

I loved Mom's jacquard dress and wore it often when I was crossdressing home alone. It fit like the proverbial glove and I loved the way it looked on me.

Ever since wearing that dress, I have had an affinity for jacquard patterned dresses, but I have had limited success in purchasing a jacquard dress for myself.

The closest I came to obtaining a duplicate of Mom's dress was a dress I won in an eBay auction. The dress (pictured on the right) is a white jacquard shift just like Mom's dress, but it is much shorter and a little tighter (smaller); so much so that I have never worn it out.

I don't mind the short hem so much, but I do mind the tightness. If I lose ten pounds or so, maybe I will wear it out.


  1. AnonymousMay 21, 2009

    Why don't you wear it out? You look great in it?

  2. Anonymous --- It is too tight... almost skin tight. I won't feel comfortable wearing it out until I lose some weight.

  3. A white-on-white pattern mini-cheongsam wouldn't work? The dress you won on EBay looks a lot like that style.

  4. If you feel you need to lose a few pounds befpore wearign it out, then do so, Staci. It's great..!

    That's the whole point of some of the clothes I buy; to force me to get back down the gym!

    And don't worry about your legs, hun. They are just magnificent.


  5. Chrissie --- Actually, I have been trying and have lost a few pounds (in anticipation of my NYC trip next month). And thank you for the kind words!

  6. Roscoe --- Never thought of cheongsam... thank you for the idea.

  7. Look in Chinatown when you're in New York. I found my favorite cheongsam on a rack in the back of a *luggage store* on Grant in San Francisco.

    (The irony is that the dress now belongs to my ex-SO. She never could handle my "issues", but she was happy to take the dress when I offered it to her.)

    If you're really brave, a good Chinatown will also have tailors who custom make things from brocade.

  8. Roscoe --- Thank you for the tip!

  9. LauraleeMay 28, 2009

    I take it you will NOT be getting the dress from Nordstrom unless you strike it rich at Foxwoods!

  10. Lauralee --- Even then... the dress was only available in a sizes 4 to 10!