Bust: measures 37” flat to fit approx. 34 to 36”
Waist: measures 26” flat
Length: 22” from shoulder to hem in front
Underarm to waist length: 7.5”
Sleeve length: 23”
Shoulder to shoulder: 14.5”
Waist: measures 25.5” flat, to fit approx. 24 to 25”
Hip: measures 37” flat to fit approx. 34”, possibly 35”
LABEL: An Original from Lilli Ann of San Francisco (store label: Rosa’s Of Muscatine)
This “Carousel” 1950s Lilli Ann suit in silvery grey and ivory worsted wool fabric with ivory polka dots is a great example of what the label is known for: figure-flattering skirt suits made in gorgeous, unique fabrics! The fitted jacket has medium-sized shoulder pads, cuffed sleeves, and wide, pointed upper lapels (accented with an ivory cord stripe), above rounded lower lapels. The amazing, nipped-in waist of the jacket is created using many narrow panels of fabric, for an almost “ruffled” effect on the short peplum. The volume of the peplum pairs well with the completely simple, straight pencil skirt. The skirt has a back kick pleat and a side metal zipper. The jacket is fully lined in mauve rayon crepe, while the skirt is only quarter-lined. The jacket lining has one mend along a vertical seam, as well as a small amount of fading/discoloration, not visible on the outside of the jacket (see lining photo). The unusual textile is a mid-weight, woven wool fabric with a finely ribbed texture. The ivory polka dots are woven into the fabric, but slightly raised from the rest of the surface, appearing almost as if embroidered onto it. In very good condition, this beautiful 1950s Lilli Ann suit has several tiny moth bites in the fabric, as well as the lining discoloration, as its only issues (see photos). It seems unlikely that either of these minor flaws will be noticed when this fabulous skirt suit is worn.
We found two vintage Lilli Ann ads featuring this specific suit, which date it to 1956. (Thanks to pintuckstyle.blogspot.com, for the ad photos!) The jacket currently fastens with rhinestone buttons. They may have been added somewhat later (late 1950s or early 1960s, based on the “aurora borealis” rhinestones) by the previous owner, since the suit is pictured with self-fabric buttons in the two ads. The suit was sold for “around $100” in 1956, which is over $900 in today’s dollars!