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Mermaid novelty print 1960s 70s pant suit | M


Mermaid novelty print 1960s 70s pant suit | M

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Bust: measures 40” flat to fit approx. 38-40”
Length: 25.5” from top of shoulder to hem in front
Underarm to hem length: 17.5” (approx. lower hip length)
Shoulder to shoulder: 13” across back
Waist: measures 31” flat to fit approx. 30”
Hip: measures 42” flat to fit approx. 39” or smaller, somewhat loosely
Length at outseam (waist to hem along outside of leg): 41”
Inseam length: 29”
Rise: 13.5” in front and 14.5” in back
LABEL: Ruth Clarage Hand Printed Original, Montego Bay - Ocho Rios - Kingston (Jamaica)

This made in Jamaica, amazing hand-printed top and pant outfit from the late 1960s or early 70s has a fab mermaids and fish novelty print! The two-tone, green cotton-blend fabric has a crisp hand, slightly stiff due to the printed design on its surface, and it is medium weight. The sleeveless tunic top or vest has wide, pointed, notched lapels, self-fabric covered buttons in front, and darts front and back for shaping. The wide-leg, flared pants have a clean, no-waistband waist, darts for shaping through the hips, and a center back, metal zipper closure. Both pieces of this striking vintage pantsuit are unlined, and have no real issues, although there are some faint "scuff" marks to the printed surface of the fabric on both. Also, there is one (noticeable, but faint) stain  is on the back of the blouse, near the mermaid’s hand (see photo). The set appears unworn, in very good condition. The fabric is bright and crisp, and the scuff marks on the printed surface are most likely from storage, rather than wear. We have gently laundered the set for freshness, but have not used any stain removal products, so as not to damage the hand-printed design. We were unable to find any useful information on the maker, Ruth Clarage of Jamaica, but the set seems quite well made. The fish and mermaid novelty print is bold and really fun, and the style is quite wearable--either as a set or as separate pieces!

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