Show us your Swirl dresses!

Discussion in 'The Powder Room' started by Fleur De Guerre, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. Fleur De Guerre

    Fleur De Guerre Call Me a Cab

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    So, I know there are quite a few Swirl lovers and collectors here on the board, so I wanted to start a thread for people to show theirs off (or post pictures of really fab ones you've found online). Pictures of Swirls are like a drug to me, they make me so happy and I can't get enough of them!! I don't know if anyone is quite as sad as me and saves pictures of awesome ones that either wouldn't fit or I couldn't afford at the time, but if you have pics of yours, please post them here!

    For anyone who doesn't know about them, here's an excellent article by Fuzzy Lizzie of the VFG on them.

    Here are some of mine:

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    A recent purchase, horribly discoloured but came up beautifully after an Oxi Clean soak. It was in excellent condition, I'm not sure if it was ever worn.

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    Not very clear, but this is me with the AZ Chippies in my green gingham one, which has cute picket fence and flowers on the pockets and was completely deadstock! Yay!

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    This is an amazing find, not only deadstock but with all its original tags!
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    Then there is the one I just won, one of the earliest ones you can get.
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    I can't wait to receive it!

    I have two more, and a home-made Swirl copy but that will do for now. I've shown you mine... now show me yours! :D
     
  2. cherry lips

    cherry lips Call Me a Cab

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    Fleur, what a great idea for a thread! I can't wait to see pics of you all wearing your swirl dresses... *sending out a silent prayer to Goldwyn Girl* <3
    Fleur you're a heart throb, and your newly purchased dress looks too good to be true! When is it from? Is the pattern abstract leaves and berries, or does it resemble something in particular?
     
  3. Laura Chase

    Laura Chase One Too Many

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    I've noticed that the sleeves on this very early Swirl are different from the later ones you have. Are they really puff sleeves, or is the picture just tricking me? Is this a difference that you can use to date the Swirls, or do the sleeves just happen to be like this on this particular dress, withot it being a particular characteristic of early Swirls?

    The sleeves also look as if they are a tad longer, which would possibly make it more flattering on ladies who have larger overarms. On me, the type of cap-sleeves that your pink swirl has, would look very unflattering. You, Fleur, do not have that problem. lol
     
  4. Fleur De Guerre

    Fleur De Guerre Call Me a Cab

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    I think they are puff sleeves, but until I get it, you know as much as me from that picture! The difference is in the label -
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    When they rebranded just as 'Swirl' they dropped the 'Neat 'n Tidy' bit. I literally only know what I learned from the Fuzzy Lizzie article, and she apparently said to the seller that the yellow one is the earliest she's ever seen.

    Here's another one I found on Flickr that has the same label:
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    but no puff sleeves. So I am assuming this my one is just a variation on the design.
     
  5. Audrey Horne

    Audrey Horne Practically Family

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    Those are all so lovely Fleur!! The yellow one is so perfect! Does it have the button in the back? I can't wait to see pictures of you in it :)
     
  6. Foofoogal

    Foofoogal Banned

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    man, mine are all in storage. My life is a series of storage and moves lately. [huh] :(
    Hopefully I will be able to show later. I have one that I just know would fit you Fleur. I am petite and have no idea how I ended up with it. lol
     
  7. Miss 1929

    Miss 1929 My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I never even heard of the Swirls before! The things you learn in the Lounge!
    But I adore all wrap dresses. So this is very fun.
     
  8. GreyAndWhiteCat

    GreyAndWhiteCat Familiar Face

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    These dresses look very sweet and easy to wear, but won’t there be an opening in the back where you can see what’s under? Or does it wrap around your back?
     
  9. Fleur De Guerre

    Fleur De Guerre Call Me a Cab

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    They aren't like backless hospital gowns! lol
    They're just exactly like any other wrap dresses except they wrap at the back and not the front. The crossover of material depends on the dress size vs your size, but there's never much risk of showing your undies, unless you get taken unawares by a gust of wind, which is a risk in any wrap or indeed full skirts!

    Audrey - it does have the button in the back, but it's not the swirly one that the later ones have.
     
  10. Mojito

    Mojito One Too Many

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    I love threads like this, and learning about a type of fashion I know absolutely nothing about. Great images and information.
     
  11. dandelion-vint

    dandelion-vint One of the Regulars

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    That early Swirl is really great, I'm glad to find out that you bought it Fleur.

    Here are mine -


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    and I bought this one from FuzzieLizzie's etsy shop -

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  12. Lillemor

    Lillemor One Too Many

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    I just wanted to say that you all look lovely.

    I've been wanting something like that.
     
  13. kamikat

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    I have a copy that I made. It's one of my favorite patterns!
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    Here's a back view so GreyAndWhiteCat can see how the back works
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  14. I don't have any Swirls's but I do hve one that has the same wrap effect. It's a Princess Peggy.
     
  15. LelaViavonie

    LelaViavonie Practically Family

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    THey are just suuuuper cute! Now.. I just need to get my hands on one :)
     
  16. goldwyn girl

    goldwyn girl One Too Many

    I won this on ebay last week.
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  17. PS

    PS A-List Customer

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    As did I GG![​IMG]

    I am going to have to take pics of my other Swirls. I can't find the saved ones any longer.
     
  18. Fleur De Guerre

    Fleur De Guerre Call Me a Cab

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    How cool! It's so rare to see two the same and here's two in a week!
     
  19. Darhling

    Darhling Call Me a Cab

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    They are all beautiful!! There is one on ebay in my size, navy background and lots of big flowers.. I am seriously thinking about it :eek: :eek:
     
  20. Inky

    Inky One Too Many

    arrggh, you gals are such temptresses! I love those Swirls, but alas, cannot wear sleeveless or short sleeves anymore. And I think a cardi would just ruin the look.

    I shall enjoy them vicariously through you all -- keep posting your collections!!
     

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