Stylish Designer 1950s Purple Wool Top and Skirt Set- New!
As a guide we provide general sizing categories as well as actual bust waist and hips sizes. Our general sizing guide is as follows:
- Extra Small US size 2-4 AUS size 6-8 UK size 4-6
- Small US size 6-8 AUS size 10-12 UK size 8-10
- Medium US size 10-12 AUS size 14-16. UK size 12-14
- Large US size 14-16 AUS size 18-20 UK size 16-18
- Extra Large US size 18-20. AUS size 22-24 UK size 20-22
We take special care to ensure that our products are correctly described and measured, with any obvious faults noted in the description. Please understand that these items have had a previous life and consequently may have acquired some wear and tear over the years. Nevertheless, we strive to ensure our items are presented in good wearable condition, clean and with any noticeable fault highlighted. Whilst we take utmost care, mistakes can sometimes happen and we are prepared to provide repairs, exchanges or refunds, whatever we deem appropriate, provided the following conditions are met.....
1. We are notified via email that there is a problem with the item.
2. The notification is provided with 48 hours of receipt of goods.
3. The item is returned at the purchaser's expense - unless we accept responsibility for misrepresenting the item.
4. The item is received by Coutura Vintage within the agreed timeframe.
5. The item is returned in the same condition it was sent.
6. The repair and/or refund will be processed within the mutually agreed timeframe following the return of the item.
7. We do not accept responsibility if these conditions are not met.
Please note we do not accept returns based on items damaged in transit, or after wearing. Should you required additional information and measurements prior to making your decision, we will be most happy to assist. We will also place the item on hold whilst we get back to you with the information. This is a courtesy service and does not imply any obligation on your behalf to purchase.
Coutura Vintage provides a quick, safe and efficient delivery option, for both our Australian clients and for those residing overseas. We deliver to most overseas destinations, mainly using Australia Post.
We have shipped many items overseas over the years and whilst we pack carefully we also take care to ensure that the parcel is sent economically. In the main we use packages and envelopes available from Australia Post. All breakable items are carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and if required double-boxed.
Please be assured, that your item will arrive professionally packed and as promptly as we are able. All items are posted within 48 hours of purchase or earlier. For additional peace of mind you may wish to take our insurance on your package, if you want this option please contact us and we will be happy to discuss the additional cost involved.
Bust: 34 - 37 inches + 86 - 96 cm (stretch in top)
Waist: 28 inches + 71 cm
Hips: 32 inches + 81 cm
Sleeve Length: 16 inches + 41
Top Length from Outside Shoulder: 18 inches + 46 cm
Waist: 26 inches + 66 cm (room to move button another inch)
Length from Waist to Hem: 24 inches + 61 cm
Hem Length: 1 inch + 2.5 cm
Total Length: Top and Skirt: 40 inches + 102 cm
Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched from seam to seam. This is the maximum size allowable, so please consider individual fit and comfort.
* Sophisticated 1950s wool top and skirt set, commercially made
* Fabric consists of purple top and striped purple, navy, lilac, gold and black skirt
* Classic silhouette with a nipped waist and full skirt
* Top has ¾ sleeves with round collar and bow closure
* Short metal zipper at back neck
* Skirt is very full with sunray pleating
* Waistband with metal zipper and button closure
* Unlined, hand-stitched hem, both raw and serged seams
* Label reads Alex Coleman California
Alex Colman California, founded in 1947, was one of many California clothing companies that opened post World War II period. The family-owned company specialized in quality sportswear, coordinates, and casual dress in the Californian style. The vivid and unique prints used by Alex Colman became their signature and set the standard. These prints were all designed by Blanche Lefton (Alex Coleman's daughter), who was inspired by her many trips to France, Germany and Italy. She would then visit Japan to personally work on her exclusive patterns with their printers: Kanebo and Toyobo. Blanche was an expert at engineering prints so that the borders would match perfectly. The ability of the company to produce these exclusive prints was one of the primary reasons for its success. In 1968, it had grown so much that it was listed on the stock exchange and in 1973 merged with Borden Incorporated. Sometime in 1980, the company finally closed its doors. Their legacy has endured, particularly the classic Coleman border and floral novelty prints and coordinates of the 1950s. Examples of these are highly valued by today's vintage fashion connoisseurs.
No notable flaws that I can see - looks hardly ever worn. A small amount of wrinkling and pilling under the arms.
Please note that these are vintage items that have been used and loved over the years, As such, they may display slight evidence of their age. Any notable flaws above and beyond this will be highlighted here.
Gorgeous set with all the hallmarks of superior design and construction. Alex Coleman fashions always stand apart from the rest. The colours are rich and vibrant too. Please drop us a line if you require additional information about this listing.
Unfortunately, the pandemic has resulted in a backlog of parcels worldwide. Our local Postal Service continues to operate at increased capacity and assures us that packages will arrive at their destination, albeit with a noticeably longer timeframe.
We now offer an alternate express delivery service via DHL for those of you who want your packages more expediently. This option is currently delivering packages within a seven-day timeframe from pick-up.
This item is within our selling stock. In the unlikely event that two buyers purchase this item concurrently, payment will be immediately refunded to the latter purchaser. We apologise in advance should this rare circumstance arise.
We make every effort to post your item within 1-3 days of payment. Should a circumstance arise where we are unable to post within this timeframe (eg we are away at a fair) we will contact you immediately. Please note that our postage charges are based on standard international and domestic air packages - all with tracking. If you want to upgrade to express postage or require insurance, please contact us prior to checkout and we will adjust the rates accordingly.
Yes we do offer flexible layby/layaway options and are open to negotiation as to the time period. Obviously, the more expensive the item the longer the time you will have to finalise payment. Contact us to see how accommodating we can be :)
Obviously, as these are one- off pieces, the fit may not be quite what you need. To this end, we also offer an alteration service by professional seamstresses. Please shoot us an email outlining what you want and we will quickly respond with a quote and timeframe. Costs are kept to a minimum for this service.
If you are looking for something that you don't currently find in our shop - let us know we may be able to help you with a special listing!
Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.