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50s-style gorgeous lime green/white swimsuit and cover up.Please
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Gabar has been around for about sixty years, and still make gorgeous vintage-style swimsuits...so I can't say for certain whether this is genuinely old, or a brilliant retro piece; but I tend towards the latter, on account of the buttons and metal zip.
This is more of a swim dress than a suit, much longer skirted than is usual, with both the skirt and pants integral to the costume. There are two little slits at the front, through which the pants - lime green, with elasticated legs - may be glimpsed. The bodice is ruched under the arms, and there is soft, but definite, bust support; belt loops but no belt. The straps are adjustable, with two button holes at the back, fastening to a button inside the dress; at the front they connect to the top of the bodice with a metal ring. The swimsuit is lined in green cotton throughout.
The cover-up is a coat, effectively; made from a single layer of fabric, and scarcely longer than the swim dress, but nevertheless a coat: it has long sleeves, two patch pockets, and seven chunky white buttons (not all original, but they look very much the same); no collar, and it won't keep you warm, but it will keep the sun from your shoulders!
The whole is in fab condition! The swimsuit fastens with a long, metal zip and hook and eye, the cover up with a total of seven buttons; both have the 'Gabar, New York' label as well as that of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
Measurements - all approximate, taken flat and doubled where appropriate: taking the coat first: across the shoulders, 14"/35 cms; under the arms 41½"/105 cms; length 34½"/87 cms. The swimsuit itself measures: 34"/86 cms under the arms (unstretched, but there is 3½ inches of shirring at each side); waist 32"/81.25 cms; hips 40"/101 cms; length from back of neck 19¾"/50cms. My feeling is that best fit would be a size 14-16.
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