Suit Up With Me

Happy Monday beauties! I’m working on bringing you blog posts every Monday and Friday, so here is me officially starting that commitment.

I created this suit for the #sewsuitup challenge on Instagram hosted by Andrea Diaz and Teameaka Grover. While I was at it I went ahead and entered my brand spanking new pants into the #sewfancypants2020 challenge as well which you can read more about HERE.

Let’s get onto the details of this suit!

THE PATTERN

For the suit I went with the tried and true Simplicity #8749 which I have made twice (you can see one version HERE), it’s one of my favorite jacket patterns.

For the pants I went with the Dawn Jeans and chose the tapered view. This was my second pair of Dawn Jeans and they fit amazingly. I made a size 8 graded to a 12 at the hip. Making this jeans pattern is super simple as well, the instructions are great for a beginner jeans maker. To make them less jeans-like, I didn’t topstitch anywhere except the front fly and the pockets, I didn’t add belt loops and I didn’t add the coin pocket. This caused them to come out like a nice pair of tapered slacks.

THE FABRIC

The suit fabric is a floral jacquard from La Mercerie (no longer in stock) that was a slight pain to work with but well worth the effort . It frayed very easily, had the texture of silk and was slightly intimidating. This was my first time working with jacquard and while it was a challenge, I’ve had worse.

I ended up having to do the welt pockets twice because of the fraying aaaannnd the fact that I thought it’d be cool to use a LINEN lining for the jacket. BIG NO NO. The textures were completely different in quality and feel and I basically had to splurge on a cupro lining instead.

The difference in feel and quality was enormous. Cupro has the texture of silk and is smooth to the touch, it’s usually used as lining for men’s suits and it went perfectly for my jacket. The jacquard fabric and the cupro were made for each other.

For the pants I used some stone gray cotton stretch twill fabric from LA Finch that matched the silver tones of the jscket fabeic perfectly. The fabric is now sold out.

THE LOOK

I paired the outfit with a black sleeveless sweater from Target and some black booties. I made the buttons for the jacket using the Dritz covered button kit. I love how the look plays on hard and soft and the suit as a whole has a modern take on colorblocking. I can see myself wearing this suit jacket with the simplest of outfits or dresses and the pants can be paired with a variety of colors. Overall, sewing both of these was a fantastic experience.

Thoughts on the look? Let me know in the comments!

Xoxo,

Alexis