Monday, September 07, 2009

1950's Coat Sleeve Mystery

Over the years, I've sold a few vintage coats with this unusual sleeve shape. Wide at the upper arm, the sleeve narrows into a tight fit at the cuff. This sleeve shape is often a bit longer than normal, and I've never been quite sure how they were supposed to look.


Mystery solved! Here are several images from 1955 that show the sleeve as it is meant to be worn. The cuff is pushed up to the elbow and is cut narrow so that it stays in place. This causes a pretty bunched look to the upper sleeve, while at the same time exposing your gloves or bracelets.



13 comments:

Miss Rayne said...

Aha! I have an alpaca coat like this, so now all I need are the rocks!

lucitebox said...

I have immense desire to wear a coat like this, except that I've never found one with this sleeve style that will co-operate with my (apparently immense) forearms.

You know how people always talk about how much smaller people used to be? I never liked that idea or held it to be entirely true except when confronted with this sleeve style.

It's too bad for me because it's so saucy and chic. One day, I'll find one that works, right? And then I'll complain because it's too cold here to wear it properly :)

Deja Pseu said...

I love this look!

alexkeller said...

ha! i'm forever pushing up my sleeves - this style is for me!

christa weil said...

Fantastic!! Wonderful sleuthing, and it may come in handy someday. xxC

Belle de Ville said...

Great fashion sleuthing!
I love the Mid-Century Balencia draping effect of those sleeves.
But, You have to be super skinny to pull off that look.
Sigh.

Heidi said...

They remind me of the gigot sleeve that was popular in the 1830s.

http://www.vintagetextile.com/new_page_185.htm

I think it made a brief reappearance in the 1890s-1910s, but I've never really seen it since then. Interesting.

Gladys said...

I remember Audry Hepburn or maybe it was Kate that wore a coat like this. Wasn't it in Desk Set? Or maybe Woman of the Year.

WendyB said...

I just altered a very casual top to have that exact sleeve for the exact same reason!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Glad you all liked this post! It was one of those "Duh" moments for me. It's so obvious now that I see it.

Holly, I would have a tailor open up about 4-5" of the cuff seam and insert some wide elastic that will be hidden underneath. That should work.

Miss Madeline said...

I would love a coat like that!

lucitebox said...

Hi Jody,
I forgot... back in the '80s my mom and I shared a camel color cashmere clutch coat (say that 3 times fast) that had these sleeves! I never pushed them up...wish I still had that coat. We bought it for a quarter.

a cat of impossible colour said...

Such an elegant sleeve!

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