We often did check out the Lakewood Antiques Market in Atlanta, Georgia. A HUGE place with seven Spanish colonial livestock exhibition halls and over 15,000 antique dealers. My sister Diny went there with us as well. You really could shop until you drop! Below this post you find links about its history as it has moved in 2006 to a new location: +Lakewood 400 Antiques Market
BUT there I found a 1950s Zelinka Matlick dress with matching coat in a beautiful cotton/rayon brocade. I fell in love with the fabric and was running my mind of what I could do with it. It had beautiful buttons too and thus for the price of $ 20.00 I did adopt it!
With a seam ripper I took the entire dress and long coat apart and than the puzzle started.
The pattern works like wallpaper that you have to match...
Here we are again at the Hyatt House Miami Airport...
Wearing with my sewing creation: +Wolford pantyhose
Escada evening bag that I got on sale at the boutique of Oahu, Hawaii
When looking at the price I could not afford it but the Japanese sales person send me an email when it came on sale. Great courtesy and I was happy! The Escada shoes I found earlier at the Potomac Mills Outlet near Washington D.C.
The 7 buttons from the coat were just enough for this design...
The coat had a grease stain on one side and when I had taken all pieces apart, I took my chances and threw them all together in the washer.
The stain came out completely and now I knew that I could launder this quality fabric myself!
Getting the pattern to match everywhere was quite a challenge but I got it done!
JUST enough fabric, even for some back pockets on the skirt!
I did darken this photo so you can see the cream and white brocade pattern better.
From the heavy acetate lining that was in the top part of the coat, I made this blouse...
The jacket and skirt is not lined as this brocade really is sturdy enough on its own.
I did lots of top stitching on this skirt and jacket as well...
Wearing my Majolica pearl bracelet from Neiman Marcus.
Ring is a Princess ring in 18 kt gold with several precious stone insets; gift from my boss in Indonesia.
Of course I proudly did sew this Zelinka Matlick label back in.
Via a link from Vintage Fashion Guild Label Resource I could trace that this label is from the 1950s.
David Zelinka & Max Matlick were partners and makers of coats and women's suits.
Those buttons are a piece of jewelry!
Some had lost a white dot and husband Pieter managed to create a new one with a white enamel repair tube.
Here you also can see the intricate weave of brocade and its cotton and rayon threads in white and cream.
Topstitching is done with rayon thread in order to obtain the same luster.
Matching the fabric's pattern, including those pocket parts!
Neither the center back seam does interrupt the pattern.
Photo is taken with flash inside the +Hyatt House Miami Airport on top of the down duvet on the bed.
Also the last photo below is taken with flash inside, making it more yellowish...
So what do you say?
Tis brocade fabric is about as old as the person wearing it in its new creation...
Lakewood Antiques Market - The Last Days: A Photo Diary | it closed in 2006 but moved
Lakewood 400 Antiques Market | new location and open every 3rd weekend
David Zelinka, 83, Ex-Maker of Coats And Women's Suits | New York Times Obituary of David Zelinka, partner with Max Matlick