Monday, November 24, 2008

15 Years in the Making (con't.)

From the beginning, this suit was always intended to be used when I'm directing (currently, that would be H.S. band). I chose it for all the interest on the back since that's what most people will see during a concert. It took so long because everytime I looked at it all I could see was pleats, pleats, and more pleats! I finally cut it out last year and it was one of the key pieces that sat in pieces for an entire year. The fact I've done so many fast and easy garments lately, and have settled in to a comfortable sewing schedule gave me the energy to finally put it together.

You're going to have to be satisfied with headless shots and "silhouettes" for the pictures of me wearing it. (I'm still not feeling 100%.) Detail shots are on the dress form.

My original plan was to have the long version of the skirt, but I was missing my short black skirt earlier this fall and sacrificed this one. (I mean, I cut off the excess when I got ready to sew it up.) I think the longer version would be a little more flattering. Oh well, just another excuse to buy more fabric!

My button problem was that originally I didn't place the top button high enough. So I switched to smaller buttons (tacked the ends of my button wholes to shorten them), added a three more buttonholes (one above, and two in between the existing two). I'm still not perfectly satisfied with their placement, but it's better than it was.








Thought I'd try something new and put the pictures of my construction details in a photobucket slideshow. Tell me what you think.

I'm so relieved to have this jacket done. I'll let you know how it works in the near future.

Happy Thanksgiving-time sewing to all!

12 comments:

Vicki said...

I think the short length works really well with the jacket. Congratulations on finally getting it finished. It looks great - love the pleats :)

Lori said...

Looks great, congrats on finishing it. I agree with Vicki, the pleats are great.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I think the proportions of the jacket look great with a shorter skirt--it could be too much with a longer one. And you have great legs! I can see why you were daunted by all the pleats but the end result is really nice.

Lindsay T said...

Wow, please give yourself a huge pat on the back. Well done! And I think the perfectionists out there would agree with me.

Birgitte said...

I think it looks just fabulous, and so do you. What a great idea to make the details on the back for your conducting! Super, super stylish and so worth the time and effort.

Dana said...

Thanks everybody!

Summerset said...

What a great suit! Congratulations on getting finished.

Sharon said...

I think the short skirt looks good. The long might have dated the suit. I also have this pattern and just a few weeks ago was thinking about sewing the jacket. Yours sure turned out nicely!

Linda said...

This looks great on you! Very elegant and professional looking.

Sigrid said...

Love the pleats in the back, very nice detail. And certainly very good on you. Congratulations on finishing this.

Faye Lewis said...

Now that is really sharp!

Isabelle said...

What a gorgeous suit. Congratulations on finding the courage to finish this UFO - it was well worth it.
You are inspiring me to make something along these lines for job interviews next spring.