This mid to late 1940s suit is absolutely stunning. Bust 38 Size Large.
The label is Lilli Ann, the iconic American design house, that is among the MOST sought after by vintage clothing collectors. This suit has it all, exclusive fabric, amazing cut, exquisite details and best of all it is a larger size! Bust 38 ! Please read the special notes below this listing.
The deep burgundy silk is shot with gold metallic thread. The lining is fabulous burgundy, rayon crepe. The jacket is faced with the silk and fully lined with the rayon. The skirt is half lined with the crepe fabric.
The details of this jacket are amazing! The deep collar is rolled at the back, slashed in front and made with dozens and dozens of tiny pleats. It is finished with a self fabric band around the edges.
Buttons are self fabric covered and have long thread work so they will not "pull" the front of the jacket. The button holes are tailored finished.
There is a band of the self fabric pleating all around the hip line. This accent is edged both top and bottom with a smooth band of self fabric.
Set in, wrist length sleeves feature heavier weight shoulder pads and wings at the cuff.
This jacket has LONG darts from center shoulder front to the pleated bands and from the side center front to the bands. The back has a triplet of long darts. The back is as beautiful as the front.
This jacket is extra long from waist to hem for that classic 1940s peplum silhouette. In addition to the crepe lining, the jacket has a soft buckram lining to give extra body and firm shape.
The skirt features a self fabric waist band, metal side zipper and button closure. The darts of the skirt are hidden by the jacket peplum. There is a deep, lined pleat at center back. As mentioned, it is half lined with rayon crepe.
Fabric: silk shot with a gold metallic thread. This is an Import Fabric of France, made exclusively for the Lilli Ann label. Note: this design house commissioned exquisite, one of a kind, fabrics from France following World War II in an effort to help that country rebuild it's fashion industry.
Jacket measurements in inches: Bust 38, waist 30, widest point 44, across upper back 16, sleeve from shoulder to cuff 24, center back to hem 26. medium to heavy weight shoulder pads.
Skirt Measurements in inches: Waist 28 with 1 inch allowance for moving button, hip 40, length 30 inches with a 1 inch hem allowance.
Condition: This suit has been dry cleaned and has no spots, stains or odor. Linings, buttons, zipper, and construction are mint.
There are about 6 places on the jacket where the metallic thread has cut through the silk. There are two places on the skirt with this same damage. In order to have a perfectly restored suit, these will need to be rewoven. There should be enough fabric on the facing of the jacket and hem of the skirt to make these re-weaves. I recommend a professional garment restorer. Please see the last picture for examples of this.
The price is greatly reduced to give you "room" to have this work done. These intricately constructed Lilli Ann suits have been going into collections for years. Soon, there will be none to be had!
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