This has been a long time in the making. Last year I was commissioned to make a suit for a friend – I blogged about this here. As I liked the combination I knew I wanted to make a version for myself. The patterns I used are Manhattan Skirt by Capital Chic Patterns (one f my favourite skirt patterns – I only made 5 of them. And what’s more I am not done with this one) and the jacket from NewLook 6035, which I got for free with my Sew Magazine issue 75. For my suit I used fabric and notions from my Local Abakhan store. No surprise there. I do promise you I do buy fabric from other shops. Same as before I chose to add piping to the princess seams on the jacket and the front panel on the skirt.
What I did different to the first combo was to finish the exposed seams on the jacket with bias tape, what’s called a Hong Kong finish, though I did not follow the typical construction of this type of seam. This seam finish seemed perfect as this fabric is fraying quite a bit. I did all the seams from side seams to sleeve seams and bottom edges of the hems. Considering how shifty the fabric was, I am please to how well the collar came together. The skirt construction was as before, no changes other than than lowering the hip by 2.5cm. I used black lining fabric for the inside of the skirt. It was a bit shifty, but manage to sew with it without having to use starch to stabilize it. I also attached by hand the lining to the zip and the skirt vent(so it does not peek out while wearing it). To finish off the back vent I topstitched it in place and added a little triangle at just above the slit to strengthen the seam. Because I love exposed zippers, I’ve used a metal one to add interest or as a design feature. I think that next time I make the skirt I will used a 1cm seam allowance on the side seams to give me a little more room. I feel the skirt it’s a bit tight. I’ve been experimenting with the lighting when I took the pictures so in some of them the colours are brighter than in the others. I hope they won’t scratch your optic nerve too much. I love this little office number. It’s quite smart and confortable. I am considering making a few more work suits by combining jacket patterns with skirt/trouser patterns and using the same fabric.
Do you find yourself making up combinations like that? I’d love to know what patterns would you combine to make work suits. I am looking for inspiration for my next combo. Please leave your ideas in the comments. Thank you.