You are looking at a gorgeous 1950's sheath dress with matching coat; better yet, they have never been used.
Although the true colors may be difficult to see in my photos, both pieces are done in petal pink, which is actually the color of the rayon/taffeta lining. The top fabric is very light cream color net lace, which has an ornate floral design. There is very ornate 3/8" wide silky cream color ribbon work on both pieces, both front and back. The sleeves are slightly capped.
The label on the coat reads Elegant Mills of California, with a smaller label which reads: Lot 1, Style 2301, Size 12. The dress has the same small label as the coat. Please note that vintage sizes run a bit smaller than our current sizes; this set is probably a 9-10 in today's sizes, but please go by the dimensions below.
The back, which has a slight scoop at the top, has a 17" covered metal zipper & a metal hook & looped thread for the hook. There are 13" long seams on each side of the zipper. The front has two 12" long seams along with 6" long side darts for the bust. The long seams are located right below the bust darts.
The matching coat features the same fabric & lining. The coat is open; there are no closures, although you could add your own if desired. The coat has ¾ length sleeves, which is a great length to wear jewelry or gloves. There are no seams on the back, only side bust darts.
The condition is near mint. The only very minor thing to note is, some of the stitching around the lining edge on the coat (the piece which has the label), has come undone. You obviously can't see this & I would personally just cut it off. I'll leave that up to the new owner. Also, the coat lining could use a pressing along the front edge. There is a discoloration to the inside front lining, towards the bottom of the coat (see last photo); this can't be seen on the front.
The approximate dimensions are as follows: DRESS: Length: 40" from shoulder seam to hem bottom. 19-19 1/2" from under arm seam to seam (total 38-39" approx.) 15 ¼" from shoulder seam to shoulder seam (total 30 ½") 16 ½" across the waist area (total 33") 19 ½" across the hip area (total 39") 11" across the front inner neckline 3 ¾" long cap sleeves, measuring from the shoulder seam. The sleeve circumference is 13 ½"-14" total. COAT: Same length as the dress; Sleeve length: 18 ¼" from upper shoulder seam to sleeve seam; 12 ¼" from under arm sleeve seam; 11" circumference around the sleeve bottom; 17" circumference around the underarm.
Since there is absolutely no stretch to this fabric, please allow for this when measuring, since you should go down a bit in the dimensions.
This 2 piece vintage sheath & matching coat are stunning together or worn separately. This set would be perfect to wear to a summer wedding. Also a big plus....it doesn't wrinkle, so it's perfect to travel with.
Item ID: 332
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