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Linen Suit

Added Oct 2, 2008

by zlethbri

London, United K...






I’ve had this jacket pattern for a while and after posting a question about it on the forum here I decided to go ahead and make it. As soon as JJ suggested high-waist trousers they had to be Bellas. I wanted to make the suit in linen, but couldn’t decide on a colour. My sister (an art student) immediately suggested teal and that was it. I could see the finished thing in my head. I spent most of my sewing time over the summer making it and I am pretty pleased with the result. It could have done with a little bit more ease in a couple of places, but the fitting’s not bad.

The jacket I made as per the instructions with bound seams, organza interfacing and covered poppers (snaps). The construction was fine, but if you are bothered about the pleats at the back looking perfect I wouldn’t make this pattern in linen. To tie the trousers with the jacket I made a covered fly and also used bounds seams and organza interfacing. I found I needed a bit of light boning on either side of the fly to hold it’s shape. The most worrying bit of the process was taking it to the dry cleaners. Was I paying someone to wreck my hours of hard work? Thankfully they did a good job.

I’m not sure how much this will be worn as a suit as I have a silk dress in progress to go with the jacket and the trousers actually look better teamed with a blouse and tank top. Time will tell.

Material Notes

Teal linen
Silk Organza Interfacing





JJ for the inspiration on the trousers.

My sister for the colour.

Vogue 2956

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    Apr 17, 2009, 08.56 AMby barkcloth

    In linen! That’s a good idea. I made Bella twice so far, but I changed the pattern because the pleats make me look fat. Now I like it so much that I will make more of her (Bella is female of course). You have a super figure in it. Happy sewing.

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    Oct 3, 2008, 08.13 AMby textilet

    This looks great – love those pleats at the back!

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    Oct 3, 2008, 05.48 AMby bola

    wah!wonderful job! looks really good and a great choice of colour!

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    Oct 3, 2008, 04.16 AMby milkyway

    what a great jacket!! love the color

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    Oct 2, 2008, 07.09 PMby emilykate

    WOW, this is so chic, and the sewing is perfect. You look great in it. I love the back of the jacket especially.

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    Oct 2, 2008, 06.53 PMby luzie

    It is beautiful and fits you perfect! I never thought of involving the bella pants into a suit, but this is a great idea!!!

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    Oct 2, 2008, 03.21 PMby nenasew

    Beautiful work. I think u should b proud.

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    Oct 2, 2008, 12.55 PMby erdronen

    My sentiments exactly! I don’t know that I’ll ever have this much patience. You did a great job on this suit- it looks very well made, and I also like the color.

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    Oct 2, 2008, 12.38 PMby polychromatin

    Wow, it looks great! And I admire you to work on a project with such patience and thoughtfulness, because I’m a fast-fast worker ;) But it really paid of, great suit! I like the color very much.

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