Saturday, 23 January 2016

Bridging Old to New; Unintentionally Slow Sewing

Note to Self: if you plan on steaming wool for extended periods, use your steamer and you won't cook your iron.

Briefly: This suit was supposed to be ready in early December 2015 to wear with this mask to a Mardi Gras Christmas party. But it wasn't finished. And then some Christmas sewing happened (but I will do another post of un-blogged items).
Then I was going to wear it to a Japanese New Years Party. But only the skirt was done, so wore something else. A good thing as, surprisingly, our host's house was hot (close to 80 people will do that).
I finally finished the jacket Thursday morning (yes, January 21, 2016), just in time to wear to a co-workers retirement party.

Looking slightly wilted -it was after 2200 hours and I am usually asleep at 2030.

Goodness! I can't even stand up straight.
I bought the suiting about 10 years ago with the intentions of making a cape. It wasn't until I took it outside the shop that I realized it had metallic threads.

I'm not a sparkly person so it was buried in the deepest stash and only dragged it out when I found this pattern at a thrift store.

And then way back in November, just before I cut the fabric, my serger had a temper tantrum and would not stay threaded. So I threw the rather loosely-woven fabric in the washing machine with some jeans, and then in the dryer to felt it. (After our last falling out I've learned the fastest way to 'fix' my capricious machine is to show it I can manage without it.) Now that the suit is now finished, the serger is working again. But I've gotten ahead of myself

The jacket is OOP Vogue 8123. I made a size 10 even tho' my measurements had me at a size 14.

The skirt is my usual straight skirt pattern.

Since the felted wool is so thick, I top-stitched all the darts and seams to help them stay flat. That and hours of steam -hence the dead iron.

The metallic thread is not as obvious as I thought it be.

The jacket will be great in my chilly office.

Normally this suit would have been done in a weekend so I am not thrilled it took me close to two months, especially since nothing but the little bit of Christmas sewing jumped the queue. I did sign up for SWAP and I am planning mostly TNT patterns, so we'll have to see if I can manage to get my next few projects done more quickly.


  1. Beautiful fabric. The metallic is really subtle. I bet that it looks fabulous in real life. That was a great idea to felt your wool. Your suit looks lovely. Xx

    1. Thank you. I'm pleased with how it turned out.
      I've started felting as a pre-treatment if the fabric feels somewhat flimsy - I like the way it drapes after and it is much warmer.

  2. Love that you have to teach your serger how to behave! Great result in the suit - think both pieces will work as really versatile separates, too.

    1. I know very well there is operator error when the machines don't work, but since I know people who both name their cars, and talk/please with them, I think I am ok with pretending my machines have a personality.
      And you are correct; the suit is amazingly neutral -even with the sparkles.

  3. Sox, you have blown me away here. That suit is so vintage in the best possible way and so classic yet also a little bit sparkly. As Gianni would say: "Spuzzly!" You look beautiful and what a great fit in the back, too. I'd really appreciate your tips on top-stitching so nicely. Do you have a special foot? Can you come over and teach me how to make a suit properly!? Stephanie

  4. Oh, Stephanie! You flatter me. Thank you for such a lovely compliment.
    I was lucky with the pattern. I shortened it slightly and it just falls straight down in the back.
    I have no special top-stitching foot -just my regular foot set against the seam line. Tho' coming to visit you would be great! Or, if you happen to be in the 'Peg...