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Added Nov 22, 2010

by kelepso

Miami, Florida, ...






Short Description

Inspired by the 70’s decade, I created a futuristic, yet classic suit with pops of color, pleats, a flamboyant pattern for the lining. The suit is paired with a bright red silk bow-tie and other details include zippers at the bottom leg.

Long Description

Many years ago when I fantasized about sewing (in my mind), I had a brilliant idea to create a
gorgeous pinstripe jumpsuit that I could wear to work and for many occasions. Presently, I had the opportunity to create my vision for “THE BERNINA PARTY THROUGH THE DECADES 2010 COMPETITION”.

My inspiration mostly draws from the 70’s decade, where men were much more flamboyant with fashion. Although, I’m not a very “flashy” person, I am very drawn to the colors, sequence and rhinestones used to embellish their garments. However, I choose to make my suit very neutral with bold pops of color and hidden surprises.

Since I didn’t have a pattern to create the jumpsuit, I attempted to draft my own using existing clothes from my wardrobe and random patterns in my sewing kit. I also created many sketches as a guide too. Nonetheless, my first attempt to make the top of the jumpsuit (now jacket) was unsuccessful and I wasted a large portion of fabric, because I was so anxious to get started and finish the garment. So, I refocused and decided to use a button down shirt pattern to create a “muslin” of the jacket first. Yes! Believe it or not, I used a button down shirt pattern to draft and construct the final piece too. (Pattern – Vogue V8096)

Click here for the full story and more pictures.

Location: Churchill’s Pub
Photo Credit: Justin Helmick of JDH Photography
Click here to view JDH Photography Flickr Photos.

Material Notes

Sew Classic Bottomweight, Charcoal Stretch Sateen (jacket & pant), Stretch silk (bow-tie), stretch cotton (lining), zippers



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Classic, Evening Wear, Mod, Other, Preppy, Punk, Rock
Cotton, Blends, Other, Shirting, Silk

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    Dec 15, 2010, 07.09 AMby frounce

    I looked at all of the winners for the Bernina challenge and really admire that you took the time to respond to everyone’s comments! Great job on the suit, maybe in the future you could create a pattern line of men’s fashions!

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      Dec 15, 2010, 02.28 PMby kelepso

      Thank you frounce. I try my best to respond to everyone’s post. It’s my way of showing my appreciation. And I would love to create a pattern line for men’s. I’ve been considering it very strongly. Maybe once I’m finished with my portfolio to audition for project runway.

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    Dec 9, 2010, 01.46 AMby lila-1

    Really loving the pleated details on that jacket…ever notice its so hard to find a decent pattern for menswear?!

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      Dec 9, 2010, 03.28 PMby kelepso

      Thank you so much! I can never find a decent pattern for menswear. That’s why I design my own or modify ones I purchase to fit my style.

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    Dec 7, 2010, 10.21 PMby bgkaake

    Very creative in your approach to what you wanted. I admire your determination to get it right and you sure did!!! Designer in the making here. Got my vote!

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      Dec 8, 2010, 04.37 AMby kelepso

      That made me smile. Thank you for your comment and vote.

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    Dec 6, 2010, 08.37 PMby peaches2218

    I really love the jacket. I admit I like it better open than zipped, but I would totally wear it. I love the pleated back yoke. You also did a great job of meeting the styling requirement for the contest. I voted for you. Good luck!

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      Dec 6, 2010, 11.26 PMby kelepso

      Thank you for voting for me peaches. I appreciate your comments and kind words. The competition is tight, so I need as many votes as possible. :-)

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    Dec 1, 2010, 11.03 AMby stuffit-1

    just love it! It looks great, especially the jacket! I’m crossing my fingers to get more luck for you! ;)

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      Dec 1, 2010, 02.03 PMby kelepso

      Thank you! I appreciate it. :-)

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    Nov 30, 2010, 05.23 PMby yesicap416

    love this!!!..your amazing!

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    Nov 28, 2010, 12.44 AMby tulips371

    Absolutely fantastic!! Your photographs turned out really well too :-)

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      Nov 28, 2010, 11.13 PMby kelepso

      Thank you. Pls vote for me if I’m chosen as a finalist. :-)

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    Nov 25, 2010, 03.48 PMby Filipa Nobre

    I wish I could do men’s clothes sucessfuly.

    love it! and the contrast with the bus? fantastic photoshoot!

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      Nov 25, 2010, 04.06 PMby kelepso

      And I wish I could make women clothes well. It’s easier to make men’s clothes, because I sew for myself. However, I’d like to audition for Project Runway, so I definitely need to start practicing. Thanks for your comments!

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    Nov 24, 2010, 07.55 PMby carottesauvage

    You rock!!! So ‘dirty’ is your impression of London then? only joking! :)

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      Nov 25, 2010, 05.10 AMby kelepso

      Thank you Carotte! wink

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    Nov 23, 2010, 03.06 AMby Zane Tanqueco

    you look great! that jacket is jaw dropping! Great job!

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      Nov 23, 2010, 03.43 AMby kelepso

      Thank you Zane

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    Nov 22, 2010, 09.06 PMby tinybows

    very innovative jacket, i love it!

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      Nov 22, 2010, 11.03 PMby kelepso

      Thank you tinybows :-)

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    Nov 22, 2010, 04.29 PMby wzrdreams

    I love the results! Fantastic job!

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      Nov 22, 2010, 04.48 PMby kelepso

      Thank you wzrdreams.

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    Nov 22, 2010, 02.41 PMby bathina

    WOW you DID A GREAT JOB!!! AMAZING Hell !! I am really impressed and for me youre the WINNER! your Inspirationboard is very classy and your finally OUTFIT came out PERFECT!!!! GOOD LUCK !!

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      Nov 22, 2010, 02.58 PMby kelepso

      Thank you Bathina! I appreciate your kind works. Please vote for me. :-)

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    Nov 22, 2010, 01.59 PMby bekaem

    Nice work! I hope you do well in the competition.

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      Nov 22, 2010, 02.59 PMby kelepso

      Thanks bekaem. I’m anticipating a win too. Please make sure you vote for my entry.

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    Nov 22, 2010, 12.17 PMby Jodi Wade

    Cool. Love the pleats.

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      Nov 22, 2010, 02.59 PMby kelepso

      I adore the pleats too. They were time consuming, but definitely worth it.

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    Nov 22, 2010, 11.42 AMby groovymama

    This is amazing – fan-freakin´-tastic….I love it!!!! The lining – wow – great idea :-)

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      Nov 22, 2010, 03.00 PMby kelepso

      Thanks Groovymama. The lining is my favorite part.

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    Nov 22, 2010, 10.22 AMby pambox

    that’s really cool! i love how it plays with the formal and the casual and manages to achieve both.

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      Nov 22, 2010, 03.00 PMby kelepso

      Thanks pambox. I love that idea too. I can dress it up or dress it down. Please vote for me. Thanks in advance.

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    Nov 22, 2010, 10.07 AMby janul

    This is perfect! For me, the winner! :)

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      Nov 22, 2010, 03.01 PMby kelepso

      Awh! Thanks Janul. I am claiming the title too. Lol! Pls make sure you vote for me.

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    Nov 22, 2010, 10.05 AMby margrietmg

    You’ve really got your own style! Nice! I like the photo’s too.

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      Nov 22, 2010, 03.02 PMby kelepso

      I try very hard to be destinctive. It’s what set me a part. Thank you for your comment. Good luck with the competition. I love you inpsiration and garment too. :-)

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    Nov 22, 2010, 09.45 AMby laken

    LOVE!!! I absolutely adore this, but especially the lining!! gasp! :-D

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      Nov 22, 2010, 03.02 PMby kelepso

      Kelepso catches Laken as she falls with a gasp. Thank you Laken. Please make sure you vote for me.

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    Nov 22, 2010, 08.51 AMby analogue

    Really cool suit, very creative! I LOVE the lining to your jacket!

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      Nov 22, 2010, 03.03 PMby kelepso

      Thank you Analogue. The lining is my favorite part.

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    Nov 22, 2010, 08.49 AMby elguanche

    the lining rocks…. :-) is it comfortable to wear it? I mean, lycra causes sweating, doesn’t it?

    Great work.

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      Nov 22, 2010, 03.04 PMby kelepso

      I am not sure the lining has lycra in it. I meant to say it’s either a stretch cotton or a stretch cotton WITH lycra. It’s not entirely lycra. Thank you for the compliment. I appreciate it. Pls vote for me.

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    Nov 22, 2010, 07.24 AMby qjnfashion

    Wow! how creative!

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      Nov 22, 2010, 07.31 AMby kelepso

      Thank QJNFashion!

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    Nov 22, 2010, 07.14 AMby lazylinchen

    Love it!

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      Nov 22, 2010, 07.15 AMby kelepso

      Thank you Lazy Linchen! Wish me luck and vote for me PRETTY PLEASE!!!

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