Today I am excited to share with you my first skirt suit. I am a lawyer and I suit up most days to work. I thought with warmer weather impending I could get away with bold nautical stripes in the courtroom. The impetus for this project is the upcoming Mimi G Style sewing conference in Los Angeles this summer. Mimi G makes fantastic patterns for Simplicity and she is inviting all registrants to participate in a fashion show, showing off anything made from her pattern line. Although I own several of her patterns, I hadn’t actually gotten around to sewing anything up yet. I thought now would be the perfect time to make something and sign up for the fashion show.
The jacket is view C from Simplicity 8093.
The best part about Mimi’s patterns is that she includes step-by-step video tutorials on Youtube. Her video for this jacket is about 16 minutes long and I was blown away by the ease and cleverness with which she put this together. She did not do a lick of hand sewing. After I cut out my jacket in a size 12, I followed along with her video as I sewed my jacket together. I never once pulled out the written instructions. The jacket come together quite nicely, with a couple of hiccups here and there.
I did not make a muslin because the jacket seemed relatively easy to put together so I figured if I had fit issues I wouldn’t be too terribly devastated. The 12 corresponded with my bust measurement on the sizing chart and fortunately I am satisfied with the fit. I plan to make several more of these jackets as I’m always on the hunt for a good work blazer.
This was my first time working with stripes and I wanted to be very diligent about pattern matching. I lined up everything as carefully as I could.
Although my boyfriend doesn’t sew, I recruited him to help me with the lining up of my pattern pieces so that I would get perfect matching at my seams. He’s just good at that kind of stuff. He showed me how to lay my pieces so that the stripes would line up perfectly.
I’m so glad he helped me. Check out those side seams. Swoon-worthy.
That’s pretty darn good. My fabric was purchased at S.R. Harris in Minneapolis for $10/yard when I was home for Christmas. I purchased 3 1/2 yards at the time so that I would have plenty of fabric to play around with, not yet having a project in mind. I’m not exactly sure the composition of the fabric. It has a structured/sculptural quality to it. For the jacket lining, I found some navy fabric from my remnant stash. I really do not remember the fabric or what project it is from. I’m excited to have made this project entirely from my fabric stash. I really need to commit to doing that more since I’ve amassed a beautiful collection of fabrics from around the country.
Since I knew the lining fabric would be difficult to cut and sew with, I decided to try out a new product, Sullivan’s Fabric Stabilizer. I’ve never used fabric stabilizer before, but I am so glad I gave this a try. It’s super easy to use. You just spray it on your fabric before you cut and give it a few minutes to dry. It subtly hardens your fabric, making it less likely to move around and easier to sew with. It is worth the $10 investment. When you wash the garment, the stabilizer washes out. I found that after sewing together the lining and wearing the jacket, the lining has already softened up quite a bit.
The big snafu I ran into were the cut outs that are on the lapels of the jacket. I cut them out and when I turned my jacket right side out I realized they weren’t aligned properly. I fixed it by making symmetrical cutouts around them, lining everything up. Here is the fixed version:
It’s still a little weird but I find it’s not all that noticeable when I’m actually wearing the jacket.
The skirt is the same self-drafted A line skirt from my last post. I underlined with a cotton batiste. I also tried a new technique by encasing one of the seams with double folded bias tape.
As a final touch to my completed look, I sewed on these gorgeous sewing labels designed by my boyfriend’s mother:
I am in love with them. She had them made up for me for Christmas.
I’m looking forward to debuting this new look at the office tomorrow!
How has everyone else’s spring sewing been? I already have my sights on my next project . . . This is the best time of the year for sewing.