In almost the same shade of green as yesterday’s dress, I discovered this skirt on the same day. Wow – I’ve just recently found a trove of true vintage dresses, skirts, accessories, lingerie, shirts and blouses (we’ll get to the one Stella’s wearing later). Not to mention, of course, my fabulous vintage navy pea jacket find!
Dresses and suits made of this knit material with grosgrain ribbon sewn closely all over in a swirly pattern were very popular among the dressier set in the Fifties. I have a black suit decorated this way and I remember that my great grandmother had a dress. This skirt might have had a matching jacket originally since, as I said, this style is usually seen in dressy garments.
However, it will work well as a separate, too, and is a great foundation for a beautiful blouse or sweater – no jacket needed. That’s one thing I like about true vintage suits as opposed to dresses – although our grandmothers were tied in to wearing the jacket and skirt together as an “outfit”, as dictated by the fashion rules of the time, we can do so many wonderful things with the separate pieces now, as well.
Once in a while I see one of these ribbon garments, but very rarely – SO, it was ANOTHER Eureka moment for the Magicvintagespy. Life is fun!!
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY
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