2.27.2009

Traditional 1940s suit.


Today was another day at The Urban Eccentric, and Sam suggested I wear this 1940s suit I've had for a few months but never worn. When I was searching for a suit I was looking everywhere but at work, and while arranging racks one day I came across it, right under my nose all that time I was looking. This one was considered a "man tailored" suit like this picture from a 1945-46 Sears catalogue. The term always confused me, and seemed putting off, because I thought it meant more of a boxy, masculine style. It actually means that the suit was the quality of a mans, well structured and from the same type of fabric. During the war women would take the suits of their husbands and brothers and re-structure them for themselves.This suit fits me very well, and I especially love the pocket detail on this jacket and on others from the era, we always seem to steal things from the boys and make it better :)

Here's a great bird hat photo, I was glad it wasn't raining or windy so I could wear it, but did need the fur collar to keep warm without a coat. On windy days bird hat flies away...

13 comments:

Frances Baker said...

That suit looks so amazing. I really like the idea that it is cut down from a mans suit. That is the coolest hat I've ever seen by the way! I'm looking forward to your post about cleaning felt hats- I have a new felt hat and its a little out of shape and dusty, I'm not quite sure what to do with it!

Lauren said...

Gosh, that is way to cool as usual! I'm so jealous :) (In a nice way) of how you can find all those neat things and wear them and look great!

Tina said...

what a gorgeous suit!

Atomic Mama said...

cute suit. again, please feel my envy. hahaha.

I dont get to go to the antique show til after i get off work :( :( BUT! I wont have to bring my kids! YAY!!!

I have crrrrrazy thoughts in my head about sewing 30s things. and making 30s things. we should talk.


anywhoooo.

Atomic Mama said...

i am really just going to look. tim is gonna come too. so who knows what we will end up buying. hahaha.

I am really hoping to accidentally finda dress or a cool hat. but who knows.
I will be there at like 3:30 on sat :)

who knows, I just LOVE antique shows.
plus I need a new red fromica table.. my 30s farm table is just about dead august climbs on it all the time.

Blogger needs a more direct way to reply to comments. hahaha

Heidi Ann said...

You look completely fabulous in that suit! And I am totally in love with BOTH of those pairs of black shoes! Wish I had those.

Raquel said...

small world indeed! :) thank you! you are so pretty!
xx

Bridget said...

I just found this site---and I'd love to send you a picture of me wearing my grandmother's 1944 wedding suit..should I email your etsy address?

I love this--all of this. Thanks for brightening up my night :)

Solanah said...

Ooo, yes Bridget I'd love to see a photo! My Etsy convo will be fine, and if you have trouble loading a photo I'll just give you my email.

I'm glad you've enjoyed it :)

Casey said...

Seriously gorgeous suit--love the drama of that fur collar! Funny you should mention women remodeling men's suits during the war, because I have several diagrams that show just how to do that in books from the 40s. I've been dying to do it for years, but a suit always seemed like a silly thing for a gal who works from home. ;) hehe!

Poupoupidou said...

40s are my favorite decade! the suit is beautiful, oh and this collar!
A few weeks ago I saw birds made for hat, I hesitated to buy one but I remembered yours and it was not as nice ! :)
This bird hat looks like a piece of art, and it gives such a dramatic look, i wish i'll find one for me!
Poupoupidou from flickR

emmasgemsvintage said...

That suit is amazing! My daughter lives in Portland and I just knew she would love your blog so I sent her the link. She LOVES it too! Thanks for making our days more fun!I want to feature you on my Vintage Shop Of The Day blog sometime soon!

kim* said...

when i used to collect vintage i had a zillion furs but they looked awful on me cause im so tiny with short hair. they totally fit you