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Fifties formal suit

Added Jan 13, 2009

by gertie

Astoria, New Yor...






Here’s my entry for the suit variation challenge! I used the Eva jacket pattern and the Linda skirt pattern to make a 1950s dressy suit, inspired by vintage sewing patterns I’ve seen.

For the jacket, I made the following changes:

1) converted the notch collar to a shawl collar
2) made a flare at the bottom for a peplum look
3) made a cutaway shape at the front bottom
4) used hooks and eyes instead of buttons
5) shortened the sleeves to 3/4 length

For the skirt:

1) shortened by about three inches
2) doubled the height of the waistband
3) added a layer of tulle for fullness

Material Notes

3 yds Deep purple crepe-back satin
1 yard tulle to line the skirt
1 yard silk organza to underline the jacket





BurdaStyle for the excellent patterns

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    May 15, 2012, 10.44 AMby Milena Bella

    Hi Gertie, I love what you did here. It’s been a long time since you made this jacket, but I was wondering if you had just underlined it or lined it as well? It looks so much better and fitted than some of the other variations of this pattern, that I have to ask.

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    Jan 14, 2009, 08.27 AMby Lucha Suarez

    This is a very pretty vintage suit!!! and I love the contrast of the 50’s style with your tatoos!

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    Jan 13, 2009, 11.33 AMby gertie

    Thank you so much, everyone! It was really fun and challenging to make, and I will definitely use both of these patterns again. Okay, now I want everyone else to post their suits so we can all see them! I remember for the last contest, you couldn’t see all the entries again after you voted, unless there was a separate creation page. And I love getting to see all the different variations.

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    Jan 13, 2009, 11.17 AMby taffetasilk

    beautiful and really different! i love this style :)

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    Jan 13, 2009, 09.19 AMby prudencerabbit

    Ooh, an elegant party suit! I love the fit of the jacket. Wonderful!

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    Jan 13, 2009, 04.44 AMby erdronen

    very very cute! great style :) love the jacket alterations you made and the satin shawl collar! beautiful!

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    Jan 13, 2009, 03.36 AMby anajan

    Bravo Gertie! Lovely, the 50’s style suites you.

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    Jan 13, 2009, 03.14 AMby miss-g

    Another stunner! Well done.

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    Jan 13, 2009, 03.00 AMby machelefranklin

    Brilliant !

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    Jan 13, 2009, 12.20 AMby ghainskom

    There you go again! :)

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