One of the difficult things about collecting clothing is that often one finds just part of an ensemble. As a collector of sportswear that often does not matter, but it is always a treat to find an outfit in its entirety. Having the top or the skirt of this set would be nice, but it is so much better having both, plus the matching belt.
Serbin was founded in 1943 by brothers Lewis and John Serbin in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1951 Lewis Serbin moved his family and the family business to Florida. There the company focused on golf wear and casual dresses. The Serbins had a daughter, Marianne, and I’m guessing that she is the Mari*Anne on the label. At some time she married and her name was Marianne Serbin Friedman.
The quilted skirt is covering a pair of shorts made from the same fabric as the top. It feels to be a cotton/poly blend. The buttons are a type that was popular in the late 1960s, ball-shaped plastic covered by a matte paint. There is a nylon zipper in the shorts and in the back of the top.
The belt matches the bias trim on the top and the skirt.
I have not firmed up a date, but my best guess is late 1960s. Besides the buttons, there are other clues. The A-line shape of the skirt was a popular one at that time, as was the cotton/poly fabric. I’ve not shown any of the interior details, but the seams are pinked instead of serged. That tends to mean a manufacture before the mid 1970s when the serger became widely used, but it pays to remember that smaller companies could not always invest in the latest machinery.
Novelty prints are really more associated with the Seventies than they are the Sixties, but when it comes to golf wear, anything goes. Any other thoughts?
And I’d sure love to hear from the Serbin family.