Sometimes even chronic shopper like me make mistakes and this Roos Atkins suit was a big one.
|Original Roos Atkins store in San Francisco|
Don't get me wrong it looked OK at WorldCon. That's not the problem. The problem is that the under dress was slightly too tight and already ripped when I bought it. I had to repair it with fuse, which I hate doing. Since the Rack has grown, again, it was really tight at WorldCon, and then it ripped further. Fortunately, it was so cold in the convention center I kept the jacket on at all times. But sadly it's not worth the time to salvage the dress at this point. It wrinkles really easily, so it's a pain to travel with, and I travel too much to keep something like this for only local events. Finally, the jacket doesn't really work with any of my other dresses on it's own.
So, when I bought this sage suit it I broke 5 cardinal rules.
Never buy anything vintage that is:
1. Too tight
2. Already ripped
3. Made of a delicate material
4. Easily wrinkled
5. Doesn't parse well
Why did I break all these rules? Because I LOVE the color, I love the cut, the length of the sleeves, the neckline of the under-dress, and I have a weakness for pencil suits. But, I learned my lesson.
|Michael Braun was with Gail Carriger via FB|
This suit is classic 1950s.
|With Patrick of the SF Signal podcast.|
1958 Ensemble Hubert de Givenchy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art suit
And from a little earlier.
|1940s Catelogue Green|
So anyway, hopefully someday a new sage dress will come into my life. With stretch. That packs well. And I will begin a new romance. For now I must abandon this one, my heart broken. (Yeah yeah, it's just a suit.) And I leave you with this retrospective on the gorgeous color.
For Lord Akeldama
|1750s Banyan The Los Angeles County Museum of Art|
|1880s Bunka Gakuen Museum|
|1902-1903 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art|
|Luna Moth Fan 1890 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston copy|
And from the 1910s.
|1910s Augusta Auctions|
1910s Evening Dress Jean-Philippe Worth Bunka Gakuen Museum
|1966 Ensemble Roger Vivier dress|
|1966 Ensemble Hubert de Givenchy Shoes|
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