Piecing together a 1940s inspired suit


1940s style suit and hat with veil and a mustard handbag
1940s style suit and hat with veil and a mustard handbag

I still haven't found a plus size 1940s style suit so I'm piecing one together.

The skirt is handmade by me. I used Simplicity's Amazing Fit Pencil Skirt pattern 2475. I've tried a few of these patterns and they really are wonderful. The pattern instructs you to tailor it to fit your body shape and size perfectly. I found the fabric on sale at Hancock's and although wool is expensive, the skirt didn't require much.

1940s style suit and hat with veil and a mustard handbag

The jacket was one of my goodwill finds. It's a modern Penny's jacket but has a vintage feel, I think. You can't tell in the pictures but it has gold threads running through it.  The gloves and hat really pull the whole thing together and are one of my wardrobe staples.

 If you're ever out shopping for vintage gloves, alwaystry them on first. Most vintage gloves are very petite and if you have long fingers like me, a pair that fits is a rare and exciting find. Read more about how to buy vintage gloves, sizing and glove care in our June issue of Hey Doll Vintage Magazine

blouse-handmade by me
skirt-handmade by me
jacket- thrifted
mustard bag- target
hat-the vintage haberdashery
gloves-antique shop


  1. Lovely! I just purchased some vintage gloves that were a bit too small but I am going to make 'em work! :)
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
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  2. thanks, ladies! I think this is one of my favorite ensembles!

  3. I love this suit! it is soo classy. The girls at the office would have green eyes of jealousy :)


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