As you can see in the photos below, lace pantsuits & pajamas were all the rage in the 1960's and this fabulous ensemble is a perfect example of it. It's a two piece ivory lace set with an a-line long-sleeved tunic top with matching pants. The tunic is three layers: a netted lace generous a-line tunic overlays a silky taffeta strapless sheath which is lined with what appears to be a very fine, soft cotton broadcloth. The lace overlay is horizontal in the front, but in a V-pattern in the back. It has a round crew collar trimmed with lace, and the space between the collar and where the sheath is visible beneath creates an illusion neckline as the flesh is visible through the upper third of the tunic as well as throughout the unlined long sleeves. There's a simple lace trimmed long bow affixed at the center of the bust; the length is free flowing and falls to just above the hemline. The bow is slightly yellowed and there is a small rust spot on the right side of center of the bow - it could easily be covered with a brooch or applique, or the bow could be replaced or entirely removed. The back of the tunic closes with a hook and eye at the nape and has a 21" slit down the center back which will allow for flow and ease of motion. Each sleeve has five beautiful round pearl buttons at the wrists with bridal loop closures. The hemline of the lace tunic is reinforced with a 1/3" of horsehair trim, so it does have some stiffness to it and helps keep the a-line flared. The strapless sheath underneath the lace has princess seams and a 16" lapped Lightning plastic zipper with a metal tab down the center back. Hook & eye closure at top of zipper. From the top of the sheath to the neck there is a layer of fine mesh netting all the way around. The lace is attached to the front of the sheath at the bust darts, but is not attached at all on the sheath in the back, only at the nape, shoulders and arm holes, so it creates a sort of cape effect in the back. The tunic appears to be flat lining technique, meaning the lining and dress fabric are cut at the same time, stabilized by sewing around all edges to make them handle like one fabric, then sewn into the garment with darts and seams sewn after the fashion fabric has been flat lined. The lining serves as the third layer. The sheath has a 2" finished ivory ribbon hemline.
The matching lace pants are high waisted, with a matching 7" lapped zipper and snap above it. The pants have a finished waist band and four darts which could be let out to add another inch or so to the waistline. The pants are fully lined with ivory acetate. The lace is sewn into the lining along the full length of each side seam; the lace wraps under the hem and is finished with ivory ribbon - @ 1.75" hem could be let down for length.
Overall this ensemble is in amazing condition. In addition to the minor issues already noted above, the sheath does hang a bit longer than the lace overlay in some areas (see photos); part of this is the wiriness of the horsehair trim along the hemline causing it to roll up a bit and lift. Taking the hem up a bit would do the trick. I will leave that to the new owner, since it will fall different on a real person rather than the mannequin. Hand laundered, steamed and ready to wear.
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Tunic Dress - Bust: 34: Waist: 29.5" Hips: 37.5" Back: 14.5" Length: @ 35" Sleeve: 23.5"
Pants - Waist: 24" Rise: 15" Hips: @ 38" Length: 40.5" Inseam: 26.5"
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