Irresistibly cute rayon set dated 1947, in red, white and blue
Dating from 1947, this is Textron’s back-to-the-dorm set. How can I be so sure? I have spotted a vintage ad for this very style, and may as well quote: “A warm, back-to-the-dorm set of finest washable rayon. In Textron’s exclusive double-diamond print! With a quilted tunic jacket that flares out at the hips…neat, sweet pajamas that make a waist look test-tube slim.” The color is called Schoolhouse Red and navy, and I’d describe the red as soft red, not bright.
The short-sleeved pajama top is honestly pretty enough to wear as a blouse. It has a self-fabric bias edging at the neckline, and this extends into ties to make into a bow. A snap secures the neckline, and navy faceted plastic buttons go down the front. There is a cuffed patch pocket. The high-waisted pants have a couple of pleats on both sides of the front. There is a side covered metal zipper and button at the waist. The unlined jacket has neatly bound inseams and edges. It has pleats into and out of the center back waist to give it a great fit. There is a matching belt. With no fastener, the jacket just wraps and ties. It has one high pocket.
Size: Jacket: side seam to side seam measured across the back at bust level = 21", side seam to side seam measured across the back at waist = 16.5", side seam to side seam measured across the back at hem = 30", back of neck to waist = 16", waist to hem = 17", shoulder to shoulder = 16.25", outer sleeve length-24" Top: bust = 42.5", circumference at hem = 41", back of neck to hem = 22.25", shoulder to shoulder = 16.5" Pants: waist = 28", hip = 42", inseam = 28", outer leg length = 42", front rise = 16", back rise = 17.5"