1940’S TO EARLY 1950’S CUSTOM-CREATED SWING COAT AND HAT ENSEMBLE

Isn’t this cute? If it was home-sewn, I can just imagine the fun that the seamstress had in creating this set. Whether or not it was made during a time of widespread economic austerity or not, it continues with the theme of coats made with economy in mind. It is beautifully-made but the fabrics, on close examination, are not top-of-the-line. I expect that the maker picked the fabric to reflect colors that she particularly liked or were flattering to her if, in fact, she had much choice.

In any case, it is a bit unusual. Not your common classic neutral brown, black, navy or beige. If you look closely, it’s a faux tweed weave of robin’s egg blue and raspberry tones. Of course, there’s a silky liner made of rayon or other synthetic. I always love shell buttons. The vintage ones are very beautiful – some are carved. These are plain, but huge with the iridescence of abalone shell. And, very practically, it’s got fabulous deep pockets. A real plus is the matching hat – occasionally, but rarely found.

That’s what makes this so much fun! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

BLOG: MAGICVINTAGESPY.COM

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