I’ve been wanting to sew myself a suit and I got inspired when I found this red fabric in my stash. I think it was from Fabric Mart. It feels like a heavy weight double knit but is a woven.
I immediately knew what dress pattern I wanted to make. I’ve had New Look 6209 in my pattern stash for a while. I like the simple lines of this pattern.
I decided to fully line the dress though the pattern directs you to only line the yoke.
I had a vision for the jacket and while perusing my Burda Style magazines I came across exactly what I had pictured: Burda Style 08-2011-128. I wanted a short swing jacket with a deep pleat in the back. Even the sleeve length was what I was looking for.
The jacket pattern has welt pockets on the front which I chose to omit. The pattern did not call for shoulder pads but I felt like I needed a little something to shape she shoulders. I did not have any shoulder pads on-hand and wanted to keep sewing so I made my own 1/4″ shoulder pads using quilt batting. There are a bunch of tutorials on-line on how to make your own shoulder pads.
The jacket is fully lined. I could not find red lining that matched well so I went with a leopard print silky polyester print. Can you tell I like my suit? 🙂