This elegant silhouette was selected from a Spring 1916 W & H Walker's ready-to-wear catalogue. The Lily is a three-piece traveling suit. The fabrics used for garments that were intended to be used for this purpose would need to be durable and in colors that would practical for the rather dirty methods of traveling at the time. We have selected wool and silk which are fabrics consistent with what would have been available during this era.
The jacket of the Lily is stitched in the reverse order of the skirt where the body of the jacket is in the black and tan wool herringbone fabric and the contrasting waistband, collar and cuffs are in the black wool pique. This short jacket fits at the natural waist and has a tailored princess line back and a wide set front bodice with tucks at the waist. The three-quarter sleeves were practical as one would not need worry that their cuff would be soiled during transit. The upturned cuff of the Lily has a unique double peak and the shawl collar stitched in black creates the illusion that the collar of the blouse continues onto the jacket.
Black wool pique:
Black and tan wool herringbone:
Dry clean only.