Bee-yoo-ti-ful Suit

by Erin on July 21, 2011

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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!]

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Vicky July 21, 2011 at 5:28 am

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

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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!

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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.

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Cathy July 21, 2011 at 8:41 am

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

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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::

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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.

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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.

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Cathy Kizerian July 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm

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

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bramble July 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Mary Poppins!

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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?

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Nada July 22, 2011 at 9:04 am

I would like this please.

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Nada Gordon July 22, 2011 at 9:07 am

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

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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!’

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Laura July 22, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I imagine someone from the Ministry of Magic wearing this!

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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.

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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.

http://newsdesk.si.edu/snapshot/parachute-wedding-dress

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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…

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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

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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?

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Eirlys July 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm

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

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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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