Bust: labeled size 42; will fit 40-42” best
Waist: measures 29” flat and stretches easily up to 37”
Hip: measures 38” flat and stretches easily up to 45” (lining)
Underarm to skirt hem length: 22”
Straps length: 16” as shown, with plenty of extra length if needed
Rise: center top of bodice/bust to center of crotch measures 25”
Label: size label only (42)
This deadstock 1950s skirted playsuit or swimsuit in a desirable, larger size combines a moderately stretchy, aqua blue floral brocade fabric with an ivory jersey lining that feels like knit rayon. An ivory rayon faille bow trims the diagonally pleated bust. The length of the narrow straps can be adjusted with metal buckles in back, above the hooks that attach the straps to the bodice. The straps could also be worn crisscrossed, if preferred. The shape of the playsuit is a mid-century fit-and-flare style, with a shaped bust and fitted waist, above the flaring skirt. The upper-thigh-length jersey lining has elastic around the leg openings. The front bust section of the swimsuit is the only section with no real stretch to it, since the somewhat pointy cups are lined with non-stretch rayon faille fabric, instead of jersey (probably to maintain their shape better, since the bust has no boning or underwire). The suit fastens in back with a metal zipper and a button and loop. We received the playsuit in its original plastic packaging (since discarded: it was dusty from its long storage). This pristine and unworn, deadstock 1950s vintage playsuit/swimsuit is in excellent to mint condition. It has no labels other than a size tag, reading 42. Our last photo shows the suit unpinned from the mannequin, to better show its actual size. The aqua brocade and ivory faille fabrics mean that this "sun suit" or playsuit is probably best for wearing to lounge by the pool, rather than swimming, since it would be rather heavy when wet, we believe.