Black gabardine 1940s peplum skirt suit | XS-S

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Bust: 36” flat, to fit approx. 34-35”
Waist: 29” flat, to fit max. 28”
Length back of neck to hem: 27” (25” front of shoulder to hem)
Sleeve length: 23.5”
Shoulder to shoulder: 15”
Waist: 27.5” flat at top edge; 26.5” flat where waistband meets skirt
(should fit approx. 25.5-26” waist)
Hip: 38.5” flat, to fit approx. 36-37”
Length: 23” total (19” from natural waist to hem)
LABEL: Brucewood, Maurice L Rothschild; Forstmann 100% Virgin Wool

A gorgeous, late 1940s skirt suit with peplum jacket, this black wool gabardine ladies’ suit has one issue: the original pencil skirt was altered in the early 1990s, to reflect the preference for mini-length skirts, at that time. The original, unaltered jacket (which could certainly be worn on its own, or with another 1940s-length skirt) has large shoulder pads, full-length sleeves with notched cuffs, a curvy, fitted waist shaped by neat, triangular-shaped insets, and a fantastic, hip-length flared peplum. The jacket buttons in front with 3 sets of double buttons. The matching, altered skirt has had length taken from its hem to create a new, extra-wide waistband. The original metal side zipper was removed, and an invisible side zipper and 2 large hooks were added. It isn’t totally apparent, on the mannequin, whether the zipper is still meant to be on the left side; you may want to try it both ways, to determine for certain. The skirt waistband is actually a bit wider at its top edge than where it meets the rest of the skirt (see measurements)—probably intended to fit extra high, at the lower ribcage. These alterations have been nicely and professionally done, at least! The jacket has its original, black rayon crepe lining, while the skirt is lined in silky acetate taffeta. In excellent condition, the suit has no issues other than those mentioned, all related to the skirt alteration. If you choose to wear this lovely peplum jacket on its own, it is authentically 1940s; if you wear the jacket and skirt together, it is very 90s!