Vintage late 1940s into early 1950s wool gabardine skirt suit in a lovely pastel blue referred to in period magazines as “sky blue” or “powder blue” pairs a jacket with single button closure with a long, slim skirt.
The jacket features pointed, elongated notched lapels, integral shoulder pads, and soft pleating at the nipped-in waist. It closes with a novelty gold lucite button with frosted 3-petal design, which matches the slightly smaller pair of buttons which accent the faux flap pockets.
The lower calf-length skirt has small hem notches at either side to ease walking, and closes with a side metal zipper and matching blue plastic button. Jacket is lined in light blue rayon crepe; skirt is unlined.
Wool gabardine suits in this shade of blue were worn by spring brides into the postwar period, c. 1947-1952, either for the ceremony itself, or for travelling after the reception. This particular example, which has no commercial labels, comes from the local estate of a seamstress active from the late 1930s into the 1960s and was presumably her work. It is beautifully made, with dressmaker details such as bound buttonhole, clever faux pocket construction, handset lining, double elbow darts, and perfect alignment of the jacket’s three shaping seams in back with those of the skirt’s back panels (photos #6 and #7).
Measurements as follows: Jacket bust 36”, waist 26”, hips 32”, shoulders 15.75”, sleeves 24”, and length center back to hem 25”. Skirt waist 23” (24” if button is moved), hips 34”, and length 31”.
Good condition, clean, bright, and sturdy, with 2 pinprick holes on the left, smaller lapel, and faint yellowing inside the collar (photo #8).
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