1950s Clothing

Brown wool skirt suit copper beaded late 1940s-1950s S-M

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SIZE: S to M
Bust: measures 37” flat, to fit approx. 36”
Waist: 33” flat
Width at jacket hem / high hip: 37” flat
Length: 22.5” from shoulder to hem in front, and from back of neck to hem
(Jacket hem is shorter in back than in front, when worn.)
Sleeve length: 21.5”
Shoulder to shoulder: 15”
Waist: measures 30.5” flat, to fit approx. 29-30”
Hip: measures 42” flat, to fit approx. 38-40”
Length: 28”
LABEL: none

This “milk chocolate” brown wool, late 1940s or early 1950s skirt suit features gorgeous copper glass beading on its “petal” collar. More glass beads trim the hips of the jacket, forming trompe l’oeil (non-functional) pockets. The jacket’s bracelet-length sleeves are cuffed and the shoulders are padded and square. Horizontal bust darts and vertical seams shape the front of the jacket, and there is unusual, angled seaming under the arms in back—it is quite well made! The jacket fastens with covered buttons and bound buttonholes, and it is lined with dark brown rayon satin. The unlined pencil skirt has a small slit in the hem at the center back. It fastens with a metal zipper and button at the side seam. The woven wool fabric is medium weight, and would be too heavy for spring/summer wear—but great for fall and winter! In very good, near excellent condition, the suit has two small “scuffs” in the surface of the wool at the top of the jacket’s right shoulder (see close-up photo). They are not holes, but the outer layer of the fabric is a bit worn, in these two small areas only. This dramatic late 1940s or early 50s beaded cocktail suit would be lovely even without the copper beaded trim—with it, it’s a stunner!

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