This vintage 1950s blouse made under the Mel Hahn & Gilbert Creation label will look great with a suit or skirt from the 50s decade. The blouse is made from a somewhat sheer material that was white when it was first made. It’s still white, but just not as white as it once was. It has slightly mellowed over the years but is still pretty and very wearable. The upper front bodice is smocked and this creates an attractive gathered appearance. The slightly full sleeves are elbow length. The cuff at the bottom of the sleeve turns up as you can see and fastens with a small round white genuine Mother of Pearl button. There’s a Peter Pan collar and the back of the blouse closes with 5 small white round buttons, 4 of which are genuine Mother of Pearl and one white plastic button that is a replacement and not original to the blouse. At the front of the blouse at the waist line there is a bit of elastic and the part of the blouse that’s under this elastic will stay nicely in a skirt or slacks and keep the blouse tucked in.
By the way, please note that I intentionally photographed this blouse with a very white skirt so that you can see the shade of white of the blouse as opposed to the stark white of the skirt. I hope this will be helpful in showing the color of this vintage blouse.
As already mentioned in the description of this vintage blouse, there is one replacement button on the back of the blouse. And, there are some small pin holes in various places on the nylon material. There is one on the front of the left side of the blouse midway between the bottom of the smocking and the elastic. There are two similar in size holes on the left sleeve, one is near the underside of the sleeve and not extremely noticeable. There are several small pulls in the nylon in the left sleeve, too. Just below the elastic on the front left side there is a pinhole. On the back of the right side of the blouse midway down there is another small pinhole. And, one more pinhole that I almost missed, on the back of the blouse on the left bottom near the hemline. These pinholes may sound like they would be glaringly noticeable, but they will never be noticed when worn under a jacket and probably not noticed when just being worn with nothing over the blouse. The gathers do seem to hide them to a certain extent. If you are looking for these areas, they can be seen. If you are not looking for them, they most likely will not be seen. The blouse has recently been hand laundered and is clean and ready to wear.
Label: It’s a Mel Hahn & Gilbert Creation
Size: The size label has been washed until it is only partially visible, but not enough to be able to determine the size that is on the label. This blouse is most likely a Size 8-10 by today’s standards. Please refer to the Measurements given below to be sure that you will get a proper fit.
Taken with Blouse laid out flat and buttons fastened.
Waist not allowing for some give from the elastic in the front of the Blouse: 28”
Possibly there may be a 2” allowance for the give of the elastic: 30”
Shoulder to Shoulder: 14 1/2”
Outer Sleeve: 16”
Inner Sleeve: 10”
Circumference of Fastened Cuff: 8”
Shoulder to Bottom Hemline: 21 1/2”
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