I’m happy to announce that Ashley P., author of  the popular blog Bramblewood Fashion, is the winner of last week’s giveaway. I’ve written about modesty in fashion before, but Ashley makes that one of the big themes of her blog. It makes me happy to see young women proving that you don’t have to wear revealing clothes to be on the cutting edge of fashion. Bravo, Ashley! When Ashley receives her 1970s Hawaiian maxi, she has promised to show us how to style it to give it a modern vibe. (Hint: I think it will involve a belt!)

I have a soft spot in my heart for the 1960s dress I’m giving away this week. So soft that I’m separating it from the  Chanel-inspired jacket that was made to match. Hey, it’s the closest thing I may ever have to a Chanel and it fits. I’m keeping it! The dress? Well, sadly the hip measurement does not permit me to wear it tastefully. Here’s what I desperately want you to understand about this dress: not many people living today have seen a dress so exquisitely made. It’s custom made by a very, very, very, very expert dressmaker who used the most sumptuous silk fabric you’ll ever see. Have I mentioned that the dressmaker was an expert seamstress? Are you hearing me?

It’s a special dress that should be worn by someone who really appreciates detail. Here it is with its original description, which includes the jacket I intend to keep.

A perfect box pleat that runs the length of this 1960s dress.

1960 Floral Day Dress 

She was young, beautiful, and adored by all, yet she was already close to the abyss.

Condition: Excellent/Exquisite/Mint

Description: This flawless French imported silk dress and jacket is expertly crafted by a very fine dressmaker. Periwinkle blue/kelly green floral dress has a jewel neckline trimmed with a flat bow. A long, flat box pleat runs the length of the dress from collar to hem. Short dolman sleeves with underarm gussets and diagonal bust darts. Front/back waist darts on the skirt. A 33” adjustable self-belt (snap closure defines the waist. The Chanel-inspired jacket is lined in ivory silk, weighted inside by chains at the waist for a drape of perfection. Two slits at the front princess seams and beautifully crafted self-buttons.

Measurement :

Overall size: Small

Bust: up to 37 inches

Waist: 28 inches

Hip: 36 inches

Dress Length: 40 inches

Sleeve Length: 6 inches

Shoulder to shoulder: 16.5 inches

Waist to hem: 23.5 inches

Label: Utah Tailoring, Mills Ogden