Gotcha!..Ok, so it's only my new suit. And I rather got myself. There's a whole saga with this one - in my head, that is. The initiation into the art of correct dating of vintage?... That sounds rather precious. Anyway, here are the facts.
I spotted this suit on Etsy: delicious rust color, check; velvet, my fabric of choice, check; spot on measurements, check; affordable price, check; nice details, and a skirt that seemed cut on the bias as it hanged on the hanger (what was in my head?!), check. Advertised as 1930's, check...???...
I know, I know, I should have been suspicious about the collar, the scalloped edge of the jacket, the three quarter sleeve...! It all seems so clear now, yet at the time, the blood rushed to my head and I couldn't think. All I could see what what I wanted to see in those rather poor photographs...And when it arrived my beautiful 30's bias cut skirt proved to be one of these:
And the whole thing not a whole world different from these:
...Yeah, I got it wrong again. I contacted the seller , who otherwise offered a very friendly and lovely service, to see how confident she was about her 1930's dating. She was very nice, but ended up saying that really this couldn't have been made any later than late 40's early 50's. Now to me, that's exactly how this suit looks like: a1947, New Look, perhaps early 50s made. A quick check with the ladies at the Fedora Lounge confirmed my fears.
Shall we call it: "The Carrot and The Stick" perhaps?