Fantastic Original 1940s 40s Vintage Burgundy Custom Made Californian Skirt Suit With Incredible Soutache And Bead Work
This incredible suit has been custom made in the 1940s from rich burgundy gabardine. It was cut in the classic hourglass silhouette of the period with padded shoulders and a nipped waist. The small wrap collar leads to five fabric covered buttons which fasten the blazer at the front. The shoulders and pocket flaps have been adorned with the most stunning and intricate caramel coloured soutache work and deep red beading. Inside, the blazer is lined in crepe and has a maker’s label for Rummel and Abbate Originals of California. The matching skirt was cut to a shorter length, or perhaps shortened at a later point, and fastens with an original metal side zipper and button closure above.
Shoulders: 15” seam to seam
The suit is in good condition with a few marks and some staining to the jacket lining at the underarms and inside the collar which is not visible when worn as pictured.
This garment is available to purchase with or without dress shields. These clever little contraptions have been made by our seamstress to an original 1940s pattern and can be simply attached to your garment by tack stitching at the corners of the underarm seam, pinning (we wouldn’t recommend that, it hurts if it goes wrong, so if you try this, it is at your own risk only) or inserting tiny poppers. They then stand ready to absorb any sweat and body odours as needed and you can simply detach and launder them instead of your garment, saving you a fortune in dry cleaning bills.
They are equally suitable for suits, blazers and dresses and come in two different options:
1. Pure cream cotton for your heavier weight dresses, blazers and suits
2. White cotton muslin for lightweight summer dresses (so they don’t show through the fabric)
They are universally sized and super easy to use even for a sewing novice as only a couple of tiny stitches are required at each side to secure them.
We sell Dress Shields as a standalone item or at a discount if you purchase them with a garment. We will select the appropriate type to match the garment you have purchased.