Time Out

by Erin on June 25, 2008

clock dress

I am obsessed with this clock dress that Theresa sent me. It's already gone, of course, from Posh Girl Vintage … and it would have barely fit me anyway (and by "barely" I mean, I could have zipped it up, maybe, if I could renegotiate that whole "breathing" thing with my lungs). If one of you bought it, will you tell me that you love it, and that you wear it every (suitable) day, and that you have given it a special nickname? Please?

The best part, of course, is that scrumptious clock print. I bet I could dig up the requisite clip art and Spoonflower myself some of that, don't you think? Should it be a big border print, like this one, or a smaller scatter print? Over red stripes, and or black and white as they are here?

As a joke, I'd love to wear this dress without also wearing a watch. (Which would, even as a joke, last about ten minutes, because not wearing a watch drives me nuts. I once bought a new watch at the airport because mine had broken in the car on the way over. And it was only recently that I stopped wearing a watch 24 hours a day, including in the shower [I have a lot of Swatch watches].)

Interestingly enough, the clock here is set at roughly 8:23, and not 10:10, as fakey watches usually are now. Which means (at least according to Google Answers) that the print is really and truly old.

While you're mourning the unavailability of this one, you might want to check out some of the other pretty dresses at Posh Girl …

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Theresa June 25, 2008 at 7:03 am

I feel so special. I am glad you like it. I thought it was the most cool thing I had seen in a long time.


Grace June 25, 2008 at 7:10 am

That’s very cool. I saw fabric some what like that at the JoAnn Fabric Store. It was very interesting and I think I’ll buy it:]


Little Bird June 25, 2008 at 7:15 am

A watch comment (having been in that business….). Watches are set at 10:10 because, in that position, the hands usually do not obscure any detail on the dial — a date window, a logo, etc). Also, the hands look ‘happy’, they make a smiley sort of face. Back when I was in the business, we introduced a new watch and wanted to call it the Ten-Ten. It was nixed by higher ups in the corporation. Its a catchy name and would have been a nice ‘in’ joke.


Amy G June 25, 2008 at 7:25 am

Love it. Go with the scatter print on black & white stripes and you’ll have a stunner! Or you could go red pinstripes, but wide red stripes would compete with the clocks. Thank goodness for Spoonflower.


Wenjie June 25, 2008 at 8:05 am

Very cute dress.I guess the it is 8:23 instead of 10:10 is because that the clocks are on the down part of the dress and that makes the dress looks more stable and nice.


BeckyW June 25, 2008 at 8:11 am

That is the most gorgeous pattern for a sundress. I love the way the top is high cut. I also love that the skirt is not gathered right in the front, but more over the hips and back I assume.


lucitebox June 25, 2008 at 8:39 am

I love this bold border print! It makes the dress. Were it a scatter print, it’d be any other novelty print (except, you know with clocks set at 8:23.) It’s very cool! Thanks for showing that. And thanks for sending it, Theresa. LOVE IT!Holly


tea June 25, 2008 at 8:55 am

Ooh! I love the Casablanca Black Evening Dress.Also: I say with printing the clocks, the bigger the better.


Lydia June 25, 2008 at 9:08 am

Oh definitely keep it as a border print. Making the clocks small and scattered wouldn’t be nearly as effective.–Lydia


Rosesred June 25, 2008 at 9:47 am

That is such a great site! Thanks for mentioning it, I spent a lovely hour just gazing at all the dresses. It’s like walking in a museum; I won’t buy anything, but I sure like looking at it.


What-I-Found June 25, 2008 at 9:53 am

Oooh…is that a key on the end of the belt? A CLOCK KEY????Yes, yes, yes!


edot June 25, 2008 at 10:08 am

Definitely border print, definitely larger scale–and why not up the hours ’round the hem? It could be a, ha ha, day-to-evening kind of dress. Go from nine to nine! How could would that be.


samsara June 25, 2008 at 10:13 am

Indeed, what-i-found, that does look like a clock winding key at the end of the belt. What a hilarious detail. That just slays me.This is an awesome dress. And I agree with lucite box, I like that it’s a border print. As for creating fabric like this, I think the bigger the better for those clocks.


Alana June 25, 2008 at 10:23 am

Oooh, just having a look at the dresses on Posh Girl vintage, finally I have found dresses with the same bust/hip ratio as me! yay! the second link is gorgeous, shame I don’t look good in black/have a spare $625/have anywhere to wear it!


Alana June 25, 2008 at 10:26 am

Oops, that should read bust/waist, not bust/hip (though the hip measurement looks fine too!). I am now a vintage clothing convert.


Eirlys June 25, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Nice dress. There’s a very pleasing Alice-in-Wonderlandishness about it, but whether Alice or the White Rabbit (suitably feminised) should wear it, I’m not sure. I’ve been watchless for several weeks now (lost one watch, two ran out of batteries concurrently but I haven’t got to the repairers yet, and the discarded Swatch that I pinched from my son I…left in a pocket and put through the washer/dryer – totally terminal treatment, I’m afraid). My cell phone tells me the time, of course, and I’m no longer looking at the arrangement of freckles/hairs on my left wrist in perplexitude. But I feel somehow reckless – that’s me, over here on the dangerous edge of things! Good luck locating this fabric, Erin. I vote for the red pinstripe idea.


Anonymous June 25, 2008 at 1:06 pm

i want to know what the back looks like. i always want to know what the back looks like. we can’t see the backs of our own clothing, but the rest of the world can. oh erin! pleeeeeease use your enormous adad-clout to get dress-image-posters to include shots of the back. even if it’s simple and basic and nothing special, i wanna see it.sincerely,thorn


Gina June 25, 2008 at 2:12 pm

I love the dress, and I love the watch key detail, but otherwise the belt seems stringy. I would replace it with a wider patent leather belt in black or red. Maybe wear the watch key as a pendant. I am also a time a holic. I wear a watch and there are usually at least two clocks in every room of my house. Can’t live without them!


Deborah W June 25, 2008 at 3:46 pm

That is an awesome dress; I love it! I do hope you are able to get some similar fabric; Spoonflower would be a great source. Opposite of you I NEVER wear a watch! I stopped wearing one about 3 years ago and love it. I try to live my life so that I don’t need one. I’m so much happier….!


Anonymous June 25, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Ah, Erin, ADaD is my daily breath of fresh air — and hilarious, succinct writing. I’m still snickering over “Texas compound-long.”I recently did not win a clock-themed 40s dress on ebay from fave seller Denisebrain (with the more traditional 10:10 time):http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280237299208&ssPageName=ADME:B:WNA:US:1123Liz F. from Brooklyn


Ivy Frozen June 25, 2008 at 3:58 pm

The dress is fabulous! I vote keep the clocks big and red pinstripes might compete too much… I also am addicted to my watch and wear them everywhere, including the shower. I feel like I lost a limb if I don’t have it on.


Jen June 25, 2008 at 3:58 pm

You know something, silk screening has come a long way in recent years.I bet you could get the local “T” shirt printing shop (the one that screened kid’s summer camp “T”s around town) to print up a pocket watch border print on your choice of yardage at a suprisingly affordable price.(now that I think about it, this would be sooooo easy to do, never mind the extra brownie points for patronizing a local business)


barbie2be June 25, 2008 at 5:29 pm

i LOVE this dress! i would love to walk up to someone on the street while wearing it and ask, “excuse me, have you got the time?” :) i would pair it with a white shrug and a pair of spectator flats!


Kim M June 25, 2008 at 6:31 pm

I love this dress…everything about it. In fact, I would change a thing. Hopefully you will be able to duplicate the clock and will be able to wear it the next time we get together…how else will I be able to swipe it from your suitcase!??! :)


Kim M June 25, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Okay…that was supposed to say I wouldn’t change a thing!! OPPS…


3KillerBs June 25, 2008 at 8:01 pm

I accidentally stumbled across this blog last week and spent the weekend reading the archives and saving links to dresses I’d like to duplicate. Wow.After a long period of remodeling I’m about to get my sewing machine out again and I’ve found a lot of inspiration here even though I loathe both orange and polka dots, cringe over loud novelty prints, and love culottes and divided skirts. :DWonderful how a simple change of color scheme and details can personalize a style and make it an expression of a person’s individuality.That is, after all, one of the greatest joys of sewing — the ability to wear the shapes and colors that I like and which look flattering on me regardless of what anyone else in the world thinks of them and without any reference whatsoever to the dictates of the fashion gurus.I’m learning to draft my own patterns because no two measurements on my body are the same size and I do so much alteration that I figure it can’t take any longer to start from scratch. I’m looking forward to reading your blog daily.


Anonymous June 25, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Is it a solid stripe, or is it ticking-striped like a mattress?Either way, too cute!


Anonymous June 25, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Please forgive the unrelated comment. Ms. ADAD, did you ever complete your Duro-roundup? And could a Duro ever have a Secret Life?Thank you for sharing your wonderful site.Teresa


lorrwill June 25, 2008 at 8:43 pm

My spoonflower vote:Big timepiece border with small, scattered timepieces – or just parts for a steampunky flare – red stripes. The black is too correctional facility for me.~Punky Steamsteraka Dixie Hoyt, FRA, Conspirator(who has not worn a watch in several years)


Jessica June 25, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Acks! I love the shape of this dress. Anyone know of any patterns that are similar? Vintage or not…and–what’s under the dress, giving it fullness? Tulle?


Lavon June 25, 2008 at 9:51 pm

cute dress. I can’t wear it because I can’t wear watches. They alway break.:D


Kat June 25, 2008 at 10:02 pm

I am so glad most of those Posh Girl Vintage dresses are too small so I don’t have to be too sorry to see someone else get them…(Also, great alt text.)


Velvet plaza June 26, 2008 at 6:49 am

Lavon – I can’t wear watches either! I thought I was a mutant. I stop time. Literally. Every watch I have ever tried simply stops working after I wear it just a few minutes.


Crabapple Blossoms June 26, 2008 at 2:26 pm

That is a marvelous dress! I would Spoonflower myself watch fabric with all the clock faces set to different times and not one of them being the ubiquitous 10:10.


Sandra June 29, 2008 at 1:26 am

I was so sad when I saw this dress on her site and it was sold. It’s so cool it hurts. Great pick!


Fashion Astrology Art Beauty Shopping Food Kitsch July 9, 2008 at 7:49 pm

That is a totally cool dress. Very hot!


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