Stunning Original Vintage 1940s 40s Burgundy Gabardine Skirt Suit
This stunning suit was made in the 1940s from burgundy gabardine. It was cut in the classic hourglass silhouette of the period with strong padded shoulders and a nipped waist. The sharp notched lapel collar leads to a single row of four swirly gold metal buttons that fasten the blazer (there is a spare button sewn to the inside should a replacement be needed). Slightly different gold coloured buttons adorn the soft V shaped pockets. This detailing mirrors the incredible piecework between the bust and shoulder line giving the suit a fabulous design detail with a slight western vibe. Inside, the blazer is lined in burgundy crepe and does not have any maker’s labels. The matching skirt was cut to a flattering longer length and fastens with an original metal side zipper and button closure above.
Shoulders: 15” seam to seam
Length: 29” plus 1” hem
The suit is in very good condition with only some repairs to the side splits on the skirt, a tiny seam pop under one arm and some underarm discolouration to the lining as pictured. The pocket buttons are period correct replacements that work well with the garment.
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.