Handkerchief hem dress with velvet appliqué

Kim Thompson bought this dress from a stall at Cook Street Market to wear at her engagement party. The use of t-shirt material to create fitted dresses was quite a new idea and the sewing techniques were not yet very sophisticated. The edges of the dress are flutted using a zigzag stitch and a closer zigzag is used for the appliqué. Read more about 1970s fashion in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication The Age of Aquarius: A 70s Revolution in Fashion


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Kim Thompson
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Unknown
Garment type: Dress
Material: Jersey knit, printed velvet
Features: Fitted bodice with velvet appliqué detail.
Colour: Ginger, cream
Purchase location: Cook Street Market, Auckland
Label: Unknown
Date: 1977