Garments made like this are so unusual, but very iconic from their time during the days of former president Eisenhower in the 1950’s. I also own a beautiful black dinner suit made this way that I found a few years ago and have seen a dress or two, but they’re rare now. Possibly, this skirt had a matching jacket or coat because this style was always, I believe, a dressier one.
It’s hard to imagine the hand-work necessary to make one of these, but they weren’t so high-end that middle-class women couldn’t afford them. In spite of being a dressier item back when it was made, a pretty blouse or Spring sweater would make this skirt very wearable as a day outfit now.
So, that’s why I’m hauling it out now that the daffodils are up and the flowers making me think of green things again. Yesterday I found a great old handmade tooled leather purse that I’ll show you when I get it polished up. It’s in a different league, but from just about the same time. You just never know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY