Oh my, this vintage Lilli Ann jacket from the 1940s is amazing. It starts out with imported fabric from Italy in a kind of gray blue color, is completely lined with navy blue silk, has large shoulder pads, 10 lined separating panels from waist to hip, enormous 4-1/2” high hand embellished cuffs, and a single fabric covered button with bound buttonhole. The cuffs are decorated with chain stitched polka dots and the larger ones have black nail head beads in the center. I didn’t try to turn that part inside out for the second pic because the cuffs are so big they wouldn’t fit through the sleeve opening. Inside are 3 tags, two shown in the 4th pic and a third that I couldn’t quite get a good pic of but it has to do with labor standards.
My mannequin is approximately a size 8-10 and you can see it fits her pretty well, but here are the jacket’s measurements:
Hips are fluid due to the separating panels
Center front, measuring from lower edge of notch 19-3/4”
Center back, measuring from top of gray 23”
Sleeve, shoulder to hem 23”
Condition is incredible, the only issues I could find being the small holes seen in the last pic. In the left half of the pic, the two in the blue part are at the upper right shoulder (look to have been made by stick pins), the other two are on the upper right portion of the lapel. The largest of those is 1/8” x 3/16”. In the right half of the pic they’re at center front, where the sort of stiff interfacing has over the years caused a slight separation of the fabric. Mostly it’s toward the inside, ie not visible from the front, but I do think it’s something you’d want to remedy with a few stitches to keep it contained. All in all these are very minor issues for a jacket that’s over 60 years old.
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