Vintage mid- to late 1960s wool skirt suit features a novelty jacquard knit that one-ups the giant houndtooths of the day: Half of each 4-cornered check combines two shades of either pink (bubblegum and rose) or blue (lapis and azure).
The ultra-soft but substantial fabric is complemented by crocheted bubblegum pink trim around the cuffs, collar, and pocket flaps, as well as by the 5 crocheted pink balls that serve as buttons (an extra button is sewn inside the jacket).
The short jacket has a semi-fitted silhouette with long sleeves, Peter Pan collar, and shallow but functional pockets over each hip. It is shaped by a combination of 4 princess seams in front and 2 curved seams on either side of the center seam in back. The seams are placed so carefully—so as not to disrupt the incredible “pattern”—they are hard to see at first!
Cut with a very slight A-line, the slim, knee length skirt has a 1 1/3” wide waistband and closes in back with a pink nylon zipper and 2 hooks-and-eyes and covered dressmaker snap; jacket has a covered dressmaker snap at the collar as well.
Both jacket and skirt are lined in pink acetate satin, and the skirt has hanger loops at the sides of the waistband. The seams of the skirt shell are overlocked to prevent fraying, and the hem bound in satin piping, while the seams of the slip lining are pinked; I assume this is the case beneath the (stitched down) jacket lining too.
All in all, this is a beautifully made suit, with the sort of dressmaker details and finishing (and high caliber design) one finds today only in very high end clothing.
A Woolmark label is present, but the manufacturer's label is gone. (The Chanel-esque look to it makes me suspect it was made by Jablow or Davidow).
Measurements are as follows:
Jacket bust 34”, shoulders 14.5”, waist 30”, sleeves 22.5”, and length center back to hem 22.5”.
Skirt waist 24”, hips 33”, and length 24”.
Excellent condition, with no flaws to note.
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