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Vintage Silk Oriental Lounge Wear Era 1930's

Vivid cobalt blue stitching and silk edged sleeve bands on top and pants. Decoration is of dragons and embellishments on white/off white silk. Frog closings on front of top.

There are no side seams on the pants, only in the front, the waist has an inset V shaped band on the front, typical styling of the 1930's. There is puckering on the waistband as if it might have been elasticized, but the stretch is no longer there. The inside of the fabric feels like a silk satin, probably 'slipper satin'. Machine stitching and hand stitching is evident throughout the ensemble. The 3 buttons on the pants look to be hand finished.

It's a beautiful suit, and it pains me that it has so many flaws. Under both arms are rips in the fabric. There is staining along the neckline, and the blue color has bled. There are remnants of belt loops at either side of the blouse, since cut off.
The pants are in better condition though they have their flaws as well, some fabric staining, also worn areas on the waistband. The stitching looks hand done on the altering at the neckline, did it have the traditional mandarin style high collar? Someone obviously loved this little ensemble, all the alterations possibly extended the life of the garment.

If there is an upside to all the wear and tear on this outfit it would be that the fabric seems strong for the age of the garment and could be repaired with clever sewing.

Model in photo is 5'10", too tall for this outfit. Someone 5'8" and under would look better in this suit. Fit's size 8 to a small 10.

Please go by the measurements listed here.

Pants-single front seam
3 side buttons
Legs-40 inches long-measured from waist to hem
Leg is 12 5/8 (12.625) inches wide=total 25.1/4 (25.25) inches
Leg on Inseam-24.5 inches in length-measured from crotch to hem
Pant Waist 16 inches=total 32 inches circumference

Top-Fitted in the waist, 2 darts front-2 darts back
Top Across back at under arm-18 inches-same for front
Top Length 23 inches in total from shoulder to hem-measured in the middle of the seam to hem, Top Length 14 inches-from under arm to hem
Sleeve at bottom (blue band) 13.5 inches in circumference

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Vintage Silk Oriental Lounge Wear 1930's

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Material: Silk
  • Ships worldwide from Missouri, United States
  • Feedback: 30 reviews
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