Ahhh I made my first suit!
Hi sewing friends! Today I am sharing my entry for #sewsuitup, a sewing challenge on Instagram hosted by Teameaka of Crumpets, Tea & Sewing and Andrea of Andreanaturally. These lovely ladies are two dear friends of mine and there was no way I was going to let this challenge slip by without showing them some love and support. I’ve never made a suit and I knew my time was limited so although I really wanted to make a blazer dress, I decided to go with a beginner suit pattern instead. The pattern I chose is New Look 6496.
I really wanted to make a Chanel inspired suit but my hunt for boucle and tweed was a major fail; Island life chronicles 101! I ended up venturing to the upholstery section out of pure desperation. I spotted a gem! A colorful tile print reminiscent of Dolce and Gabbana’s famous tile print! I stared, I touched and did it all over again and still left the store empty handed. I just figured I couldn’t pull it off.
Lo and behold, what showed up as a birthday gift from the hubster? Tile print upholstery fabric! I mean I really couldn’t say no now! So I went for it! Both pieces were really easy and quick to whip up especially with such a sturdy fabric. I cut size 16 for the jacket, shortened by one inch and also shortened the sleeves by one inch. The skirt is a size 16 waist graded to 18 hip and I did have to let out some in the hip although I chose the biggest size. I lengthened the skirt by 1 inch but now I realized I should have lengthened by about 3 inches; this thing is short!!! The stiff fabric causes the skirt to ride up a bit… oops! I also moved the side zipper to the back since the hip curve was a bit steep from grading. I added seam allowances to the back piece instead of cutting on the fold, and did the same for the facing.
I highly recommend this pattern for a beginner. There are also skort and shorts options included. The boxy fit of the jacket means no tailoring is necessary and there is no collar nor lining. I omitted the pockets because they clashed with my busy print. My trim is grosgrain ribbon; 5/8” on the jacket and skirt, 3/8” on the sleeves.
I styled my suit with an orange cami suggested by my Instagram followers. I would love to pair it with white sneakers for a casual look or wear the jacket over a sheath dress for a formal look. To be honest I doubt I’d wear this skirt again because it is a bit too mini for my personal taste, but I already know I am going to kill this jacket!
The response to this fabric and pattern pairing has pretty much blown my mind. I thought people would think I was crazy but everyone loves it and that makes me feel so much more confident. I still cannot believe I found this tile print, I really hit the jackpot there! My entry couldn’t have worked out any better. And of course hubby deserves an award for being the best husband ever!