Vintage clothing collectors will tell you that sometimes it’s easier to find something that was rare and pricy when it was new, than it is to find something commonplace. I guess the logical explanation for that is because people tend to take better care of things they pay more for, and they tend to keep them longer.
I’ve been to dozens of estate sales where the only vintage clothing in the house would be the woman’s wedding dress, a fancy gown or two, expensive, unworn lingerie, and a fur. What’s hard to find are women’s everyday work clothing, very casual play clothing, and everyday pajamas. These things got lots of wear, and after a long life ended up in the rag bag.
I keep a very long list of things I need to fill in the gaps of my collection. I keep it with me when I hit a flea market or antique store, but I’ve read over it so many times that I know most of the things on it anyway. So when I spied this pajama set last Saturday, I knew I was going to be able to make the list a little shorter.
These pjs are from the late 1930s. I’ve been looking for a set of practical sleepwear from this era for a long time. This was the type of thing a woman would have taken along to wear on the train as she would want something modest and warm. It would be a lot easier to climb into that upper berth in these than in that rayon gown!
These cotton knit pajamas are from famed maker, Vanity Fair. Just look at the details. Can you imagine putting the elastic on the outside of the waist? And note how the blue front wraps around to the back and the little gathered sleeve that were so popular in the late 30s. Lots of thought went into this simple pair of pajamas.
Posted by Em:
What an interesting treasure!
Posted by Anonymous:
What a fantastic set! All the thought and detail that went into clothing from previous eras is what draws me to vintage clothing. It’s just so much more interesting to me than contemporary clothing 😉
Posted by MissCherryBubbles:
Oops! That was me commenting above – see, I was so excited by the swell pj set – LOL.
Posted by Lizzie:
I’m glad you both find it as interesting as I did. “Swell” in a grest adjective for this one!