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Vintage 80s, 50s-style skirt suit by Roulette.Please
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There's a lovely teddy-boy style to this jacket - but then the 1980s were rich in fifties references! Made from a crepe-y fabric in a mossy green, the jacket is fitted and cut on an upwards slant at the edges like a waistcoat; it fastens with one shiny, black button, echoing the trim on the lapels and sleeves.
The straight skirt, like the jacket, is well cut and fully lined. Fastening with a single button and zip, it measures approximately 28 inches/71 cms at the waist, 38 inches/96.5 cms hips, and 22½ inches/57 cms in length, excluding waist band. It is designed to sit on the waist.
But it is definitely the jacket that makes the suit! Like the skirt, it's fully lined and well made, and in perfect condition.. It ends at the waist (what they called in the fifties a 'bum freezer'!). The shoulders are not padded, and the cuffs are turned back - so the arms could be lengthened with a very little effort. Approximate measurements are: across the shoulders: 17 inches/43 cms; upper sleeve seam: 22 inches/55.5 cms, plus potentially 2½ inches cuff; lower sleeve seam: 16 inches/40.5 cms; edge to edge across the back: 18 inches/45.5 cms; length from back of neck: 20 inches/51 cms. Marked as a size 14, I think it's closer to a 10 to 12.
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