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My posh suit using saville row suiting

Added Dec 4, 2011

by sewtake2

Christchurch, Un...






Vogue V1169 Rebecca Taylor designer suit pattern.

In the summer I bought 2.5 metres of saville row suiting at a car boot sale for £5. I spent the next couple of months deciding what to make with it before my husband chose this pattern for me (I’d never have been brave enough to choose it!).

I have made it over the last two months doing the odd bits here and there. It really helped having the pattern instructions with pictures/diagrams to show me what to do (I do still struggle a bit trying to make Burda magazine patterns using only the written instructions!)

The other bits and pieces (thread, zip, lining, buttons etc) cost £21 so I’d like to say the suit only cost £26……but I persuaded my husband to let me have my Christmas present early and I have a new Brother sewing machine (plus free dress form dummy) to add to the cost!

I am generally quite pleased with how it turned out apart from the welts on the pockets which I struggled with. By the time I had the piping sorted the welts were not quite right but I tried my best so I’ll just learn to live with them.

Also I’’ve never used 100% wool fabric before and I think I may have stretched the wool a bit when I pressed it….still you live and learn-I may never get any wool fabric at a car boot sale ever again!

I haven’t had time to make the corsage/flower yet but I plan to wear it to work on Friday because I’m involved with interviews for a senior manager and I will hopefully look smart for the occasion.

I found the suit really comfortable when I wore it to work-I’d really like to make up vogue 1169 in summer weight suiting fabric for the summer.

Material Notes

100% wool saville row suiting




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    Dec 6, 2011, 11.23 PMby poppykettle

    I know how tricky putting together an outfit like this is – This pattern in particular. I think you’ve done a commendable job! I hope you get a lot of wear out of it :)

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      Dec 8, 2011, 06.57 PMby sewtake2

      thank you-I hope I will get lots of wear out of it. I’ve definitely got the bug and would like to make a long sleeved jacket next

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    Dec 5, 2011, 01.41 AMby tammykay821

    Wow! Congrats, you did a great job.

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      Dec 6, 2011, 08.07 AMby sewtake2

      thank you very much. It’s taken so long to do I can’t wait to make something a bit less detailed after Christmas!

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