This lovely early 1940s style wool crepe dress is a prime example of the silhouette of the era with its accentuated padded shoulder line, scalloped style yokes both front and back, and the geometric peaks on the flared skirt. The two stripey vintage buttons on the front yoke and the navy buckle add a great contrast, very popular in those times. Snap fasteners at the side.
I’ve wanted to recreate this iconic outfit from one of my favourite films, ” It Happened One Night” for quite some time now and here is my homage to that simple, yet striking “travelling suit”, Claudette Colbert donned in her role as the spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews.
The original one would have had a cardigan in knitted fabric and probably a rayon or woolen skirt. My version is in viscose rayon for both cardigan and skirt.
The very popular way of cutting fabric on bias in the era and here in a striped fabric creates the typical geometric deep v pattern both at the front and back, by having a central seam. The cardigan also features a Peter Pan collar and cuffs in white cotton contrasting with the main fabric. It has original vintage 1930s Art Deco buttons both for fastening and for the belt.
The calf length skirt has two kick pleats at the back and one at the front. Fastens with snap fasteners and a vintage button at the side.
I wanted to channel a bit of early Burberry in this classic gabardine cotton trench coat. The stand up collar ends in a tie closure but it can also be worn open and down. It has interesting triangular inserts in sleeves and deco shaped cuffs fastened with original 1930s wooden buttons. Also featured on the two pockets and fastening of the coat. The belt has an original Bakelite buckle. The back of the coat is tucked in at the neck and waist creating a lovely pleat effect.