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Film Noir Vixen

Added Nov 11, 2011

by lauramae

Novato, Californ...






Vogue 2339, Original 1948 Design: Misses’ Jacket and Skirt: Loose-fitting, partially interfaced, lined, hip-length jacket (fitted through waist) has collar, shoulder pads, princess seams and long, two-piece sleeves. A: cuffs. Semi-fitted, A-line, lined skirt, below mid-calf, has waistband, side slits and side snap closing.

I finished this suit back in 2005, so I do not remember much about the construction. That being said, it was the first structured suit I ever attempted and I do not remember anything being overwhelming. Vogue gave it an “Average” rating, and I think that is probably about right.

I adore this pattern. When I find a fantastic wool, I may have to pull it out again, now that I understand more about construction and tailoring. And I know I could do a lot better on those bound buttonholes!

And if you can get your hands on it (it is now out of print), I would absolutely recommend this pattern. The classic lines will never go out of style!

It is certainly not the best work I have ever done, but I do love this suit!

More pictures may be found over at my blog, Lilacs & Lace.

Material Notes

Upholstery Fabric from JoAnn Fabrics




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Nov 12, 2011, 08.09 PMby claudinka

    Wow! This is extremely great! May I ask you one question: do you wear the right underwear underneath (a corsage or something) to have this perfectly defined waist or is the pattern and the fit just that well that it puts your advantages into the perfect light? I just ask this question ‘cause I have the feeling that some retro patterns look very waist-emphasizing on the pictures, but when you sew them to your correct measurements, they are not that tight and defining, I mean they don’t have the fit how it is meant to be. So I think you would normally need a corsage underneath to get that right fit. And here with your suit we have the perfect “how it should be”. And I wonder if it’s the pattern or if you know how to wear it (the right underwear).

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      Nov 13, 2011, 01.17 AMby lauramae


      I am wearing a long-line bra underneath the suit. It has a couple of plastic bones along the side seams, and is not perfect, but it gives a bit more of a defined waist look to the suit.

      I also took in the dart and side seams of the jacket for a closer fit. And I altered the skirt waistband to have zero ease which helps to pull the waist in.

      A corset would probably be a better option, but I have yet to find one that I like/can afford. One of these days I will get around to making my own with spiral steel boning (so much better than plastic!).

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    Nov 12, 2011, 01.05 AMby nouvellegamine

    absolutely stunning! it really suits you too. lol! now, i’m wishing we all dressed like this all of the time :)

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    Nov 11, 2011, 10.47 PMby mollykatherine

    WOW – that is some kinda suit! you look like a million dollars in it – the finish and fit is superb, you should very very pleased :)

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    Nov 11, 2011, 07.21 PMby runningwithscissors1

    Great suit! I love it.

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    Nov 11, 2011, 06.56 PMby leahfranqui

    Oh, everything you do is just magnificent! This is so lovely, I can see you as a Noir heroine, easy!

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    Nov 11, 2011, 03.27 PMby ajtak7171

    Fabulous! What a stunning suit!

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    Nov 11, 2011, 07.35 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    one word: LOVELY!!

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