It’s getting more and more difficult to find these lovely ladies suits from the 1940s, but recently I was very fortunate to find several. This one is made from rich burgundy gabardine wool and is a two piece suit with a tailored jacket and straight skirt. The jacket is made to accentuate the waist and has notched lapels and a V neckline. The sleeves are long and the shoulders are square and padded. The jacket closes at the front with covered round buttons with nicely finished button holes. This jacket has a tab and covered button detail on the upper left front side. There are faux slit double welt pockets on each side of the jacket with the same tab and button detail. The sleeves are long and the jacket is lined with burgundy satin. The skirt is not lined and has a side metal zipper with a round button at the top of the zipper on the waistband. At the bottom hemline on each side of the skirt there are 2” slits. Inner seams on the skirt are pinked.
So often you see suits from the 1940s made from black material or neutrals such as gray. It’s so nice to find such a great suit from the 40s in such a pretty burgundy gabardine. These style suits are so figure flattering and can be easily accessorized with a gorgeous large 1940s brooch on the lapel for a stunning affect.
Condition: Very Good
This suit originally closed at the front with four round covered buttons. The very top one is missing as you can see from the photographs. I had a round glass button that I thought might work to replace the missing button, but I was not sure it really looked quite right so I have not replaced this button. It may be possible to cover this with a large brooch in the middle of the V neckline. I would be happy to send the button I have with this suit in case it could be used. The material on the middle button of the three that are left is slightly lighter than the others. I doubt this will be very noticeable when the suit is being worn. And, I believe the side seams of this jacket may have been taken in a small bit by the previous owner. This alteration was obviously done very well by a professional seamstress as I almost didn’t notice this at all. This may be able to be reversed, but after all these years, it could be a change in the color of the material that has been taken in. There are no issues to note with the skirt. There are no holes or tears in the gabardine material and this suit was recently professionally dry cleaned and is ready to wear.
Styled by Renee Frank, Craftshire Sports Inc.
Size: None Present
Please be sure to review the Measurements given below to be sure that you get the proper fit.
Taken with Jacket Buttoned and Skirt Zipped and laid out flat.
Waist Area: 27”
Hip Area: 35”
Shoulder to Shoulder: 14 1/2”
Outer Sleeve: 24 1/2”
Inner Sleeve: 16 1/2”
Circumference of Sleeve Opening at Wrist: 9”
From Shoulder to Bottom of Jacket: 26 1/2”
From just under Waistband to Bottom Hemline: 27”
Circumference of Bottom Hemline: 44”
This seller is a proud member of The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG) and The Costume Society of America (CSA)
Vintage 1940s Ladies Suit Jacket and Skirt Burgundy Gabardine by Renee Frank