Late 1940s print rayon & navy wool dress

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  • Late 1940s red print rayon navy wool dress swing jacket set
  • Late 1940s red print rayon navy wool dress swing jacket set
  • Late 1940s red print rayon navy wool dress swing jacket set
  • Late 1940s red print rayon navy wool dress swing jacket set
  • Late 1940s red print rayon navy wool dress swing jacket set
  • Late 1940s red print rayon navy wool dress swing jacket set

Late 1940s print rayon & navy wool dress & swing jacket DR942

Condition: Good

Price: $115


 

Measurements
DRESS
Bust: measures 38” flat to fit approx. 36-38”
Waist: measures 30” flat to fit approx. 28-29”
Hip: measures 41” flat to fit up to 38”
Length: 49.5”
Underarm to waist length: 8”
Waist to hem length: 33.5”
Shoulder to shoulder: 15.5”
Sleeve length: 18.5”
JACKET
Length: 25”
Sleeve length: 21” cuffed
LABEL: Forstmann, 100% Virgin Wool

Description
This late 1940s or very early 1950s dress and swing jacket set pairs an amazing red rayon print fabric with dark navy blue wool to wonderful effect! The bodice of the dress has a square neckline, bust darts for shaping, puffed shoulders and very full, three-quarter-length sleeves with tight cuffs. The neckline is draped slightly to the left side, and the right side of the bodice showcases the fabulous print: a “flower lady” with petals for her skirt, in blue and white on the tomato red background. The long, narrow skirt flares just slightly to the hem with no slit or kick pleat. It is made of very dark blue wool that is fairly fine-textured and lightweight, with a soft hand, almost like a knit. A narrow belt in wool cinches the dress at the waist. The dress is unlined and fastens with a metal zipper in the side seam. The rayon print fabric is used to fully line the hip-length, boxy blue wool jacket and trim the rounded collar and the wide, turned back cuffs. The jacket sleeves are cut all in one piece with the front and back of the jacket, with triangular inserts under the arms. The large shoulder pads emphasize the shoulder line and the jacket has curved, diagonal, welted pockets at each hip. A matching ascot scarf in the print rayon finishes off this striking ensemble. The set is in good, wearable condition, with a few issues. There is some dye bleeding on the print fabric at the back of the left sleeve, which will be less noticeable when the dress is worn, since it is partially hidden in the folds of the fabric. There are some tiny holes in the fabric of the right sleeve. Also, there are two small mends in the wool jacket, near the hem on the back right side (see photo). The set’s only label is on the inside of the jacket, identifying the textile manufacturer, Forstmann. According to the Vintage Fashion Guild’s ever-useful Label Resource: “Forstmann was a maker of woolen yarns and fabrics, but they did not actually produce finished clothing…The company was formed in 1904…Forstmann products were very high quality, and their label was proudly displayed alongside that of the garment maker’s.” Although it is not in perfect condition, this dress and jacket set has such a lovely silhouette and such great fabric, that we sure it will quickly find a home with a vintage lover out there!