vintage late 1930s Harvey Nichols cold rayon two piece skirt suit with greek key embroidery
Two piece blouse and skirt in cold slinky rayon, with chainstitch embroidered greek key design. Blouse has slightly puffed sleeves with darted cuff for chase, nehru collar, covered buttons with loop fasteners, and hook and eye to close at waist. Skirt is just past the knee on me at 5'4.
I've added a brown suede belt I had to hand of the period, as I think it should originally have had one (and I don't have a black one, but think it tones in ok as a demo!). I will include this just in case it is of use.
The label is for 'Harvey Nichols Country Clothes'
Measures: Original size label was 42, so a decent size. We've remade the skirt to fit with top size wise - I've clipped to mannequin.
Bust 36" inc darts (some stretch) / Waist 32"approx / Length 21.5"/Sleeve 11"
Waist 29" / Hips 38" to 40" / Length 27 1/4"
Belt will fit from 27" - 31" waist
Condition: Immediately wearable, has been re-instated from altered state, with some minor flaws detailed below (and photographed).
When I bought this it needed some attention, and was sold as such - I am always a sucker for a challenge! I think it either originally a dress with an over-peplum, which was cut to make into a jacket and suit. The 'skirt' created was a shapeless one with an elasticated waist.
I've had the skirt recreated as best as I could interpret, using the ghost-stitching evident. We've replaced the triple pin tuck details to the front, and the arrowhead stitching. The waistband has been re-made and a side placket added, with hook at waist and snaps to fasten. There are two small darts at the back waist for some shape to rear.
- There is the odd pinhole as pointed out, and (particularly at the waistband) there is evidence of old stitch holes from previous alteration, but these are hidden when worn.
- Slight iron shine, but as shiny material not too obvious
- Nick in embroidery at neckline for a few mm
- Small stitched repair direct next to button placket on blouse
Overall it's now hopefully a wearable set.