Bee-yoo-ti-ful Suit

by Erin on July 21, 2011


This suit is listed on eBay (and it's crazy expensive). But it's oh-so-gorgeous … 

To me, this feels like the kind of suit worn in novels by heroines who take jobs as governesses, etc. before returning to their prior station. A conservative cut in a fabric that is just slightly too attention-getting, yes? (And of course it goes without saying that in the kind of novel I'm talking about, this suit would call attention to the heroine's startling blue or violet eyes …)


[Thanks to Robin for the link!]

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Vicky July 21, 2011 at 5:28 am

Beautiful. Good thing it’s too small for me because it’s way too expensive.


Jen O July 21, 2011 at 7:58 am

I love that pepulum overlay. It’s very subtle yet puts this jacket into another level of design. The back view shows how that overlay is cut at an angle. I think this is a fairly simple idea worth trying on a similar simple jacket or dress!


Lisa July 21, 2011 at 8:20 am

Well, if that’s not New Look, I don’t know what is. Definitely influenced by Dior’s Bar Suit. Beautiful.


Cathy July 21, 2011 at 8:41 am

That’s a lot of fabric for a 40s skirt.


Lydia July 21, 2011 at 10:28 am

I agree completely. This is something one of Mary Stewart’s intrepid British heroines would have worn in one of her earlier novels. ::love::


Heather July 21, 2011 at 10:57 am

It looks like something Hepburn would have worn in an early film where she had the most perfect buttoned up outfits: little hat, gloves, blouses and jackets buttoned to the neck and perfect leather purses. She was what they used to call prim, but not prissy.


Evalyn July 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Be still, my little Steampunk heart. The peplum, oh, my goodness, the peplum! I have to lie down now.


Cathy Kizerian July 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm

And naturally our Heroine would be wearing lipstick (perfectly applied) to match those killer buttons.


bramble July 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Mary Poppins!


Val July 22, 2011 at 5:32 am

Oh. My. I want to make one of these, badly.

Good call on the Mary Stewart novel. Perhaps the heroine of The Ivy Tree?


Nada July 22, 2011 at 9:04 am

I would like this please.


Nada Gordon July 22, 2011 at 9:07 am

Arrgh I just checked the measurements and this would FIT me. How to restrain myself?


Jessica July 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Oh my gosh, I totally see this as the evil mother’s outfit. Sure she’s all conservative, but her outfit screams ‘I’m more beautiful than my daughter!’


Laura July 22, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I imagine someone from the Ministry of Magic wearing this!


Lisa July 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I swear I had a pattern just like this. It was a Louise Scott New York pattern, but darned if I can find the pattern number now.


Theresa July 22, 2011 at 10:02 pm

This has nothing to do with this post but you have to see this 1947 wedding dress and romantic story about a Soldier and a parachute.


MinaW/my Spoonflower fabric designs July 23, 2011 at 10:48 am

Don’t the wrinkles under the arm and bust indicate that the mannequin is too large in the bust for this? Button looks like it too.

Was this tight fit a conservative cut in the New Look era? Would anyone hire a governess with this undisguised figure?

I like the color it looks here, blue-violet, better than the red & navy stripe the close-up shows. Definitely too attention getting.

I made a vest with this fit, and the peplum, once, out of a tapestry-print corduroy. When I had a waist like that. I loved it…


Jamie July 25, 2011 at 11:37 am

It makes the waist look teensy. Don’t know if I could squeeze in there. But it’s terribly cool


Lynn July 26, 2011 at 11:51 am

Oh! Awesome. I must make myself one like it but where, oh where will I wear it?


Eirlys July 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Stunning! Hell, I’d wear it whether it matched my battleship grey eyes or not.


ivanchitza August 24, 2011 at 12:26 am

I long to be that heroine…….with that suit on, I’d meet Heathcliff FOR SURE :):)


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