Added May 27, 2013
Wool blend suit – skirt lined with synthetic lining fabric, jacket lined with orange polka dot cotton. The pattern is Vogue 8640.
I started it months and months ago and if it weren’t for the sudden chill around here the last few days, I’d not have been able to wear it till fall. It’s really cute as a suit and as separates – the jacket works with jeans and a long-sleeved tee – so I am likely to get a lot of mileage out of it when the weather cools off again later this year.
I modified the skirt construction a bit: I underlined the wool with the synthetic, and stitched lining to main fabric with right sides together along the side seams 1/4" from edges prior to stitching the skirt together. Then I turned the pieces right side out, and ta-da: raw edge is enclosed and finished. Then I just stitched with a 3/8" seam allowance instead of 5/8" when I stitched the side seams.
I ditched the waistband facings and just used bias tape to face it instead. And I enclosed the him in bias tape and hand-stitched it to the lining.
Wool blend suiting
Synthetic lining fabric
Michael Miller orange polka dot cotton
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