Added Jun 13, 2010
Here we go, top and blazer of the three piece suit, which makes up the staple of the travel set, are finished! I ran into trouble here and there – this kind of silk (I LOVE IT) is not so easy to sew with, it ravels easily and doesn’t like machine stitching… (the edges sort of “expand” under the needle and gape out if you’re not careful – I opted for quite a bit of hand stitching). Blazer is fully lined of course and a treat to wear. Though it is linen-like in its look, it is much softer and doesn’t crease (is that the right word?) as fast. I actually wore it to the theater yesterday and barely had to iron it for the photos today! I tried to make the same poses as in the magazine and use the same styling and I think I succeeded more than last time :-)I love how you can put a brooch on the band of the skirt and make it look like a dress with a belt… I like how the pleats from top and skirt match up… I’d say I am generally happy with the outcome.
It is amazing how you can use this for an elegant evening as well as a sporty day suit. I went for the vintage look in the photos, but blazer as well as top can be worn with jeans and look modern. Oh, and by the way, I went to the theater by bike! I love this skirt (the description of the skirt is in part 1 of the travel set series…)! The blazer has the most beautiful pattern – see how the pockets, the front bodice and the arms are all in one part? Those were funky pattern shapes! It also asked for tricky gussets, but it worked out better than I feared…
100% silk. Lining is a blend.
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