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Homegrown Nanette Lepore Suit

Added Sep 8, 2009

by elainemay

Aachen, Germany






This is a suit inspired by one from designer Nanette Lepore that I decided to make after seeing the McCall 5815 jacket featured on Erica B’s blog (http://www.ericabunker.com/2009/07/mccalls-5815-nanette-lepore-knockoff.html). The pants are from a self-drafted pattern for slim slacks with a slightly flared leg, slant pockets, and lapped fly with extended tab waist. The jacket has pleated cap sleeves with a bow collar detail. I loved sewing from this jacket pattern – you can see my review of it at Pattern Review (http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=43262).

I’ve attached pictures of the finished suit, the jacket in progress, and the Nanette Lepore original.

Material Notes

Dark brown wool stretch suiting with cream and light brown pinstripes, caramel jacquard lining.




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    Sep 15, 2009, 02.04 PMby maria-gehrke

    I like this even more than the JJ you made. I really love the collar, and the fabric. I could use something like that for work. Looks like it was tough to sew though.

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    Sep 14, 2009, 05.40 AMby smallone

    Hi elainemay – I often look at Nanette Lepore stuff and think, surely I can rip that off (all those cute little ruffly jackets in fun fabrics)…and here you are proving that it can be done! Nice job! thanks for the inspiration.

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    Sep 10, 2009, 10.08 AMby jellybean

    Fantastic! I love it. You did a fabulous job as always.

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    Sep 9, 2009, 05.55 PMby jj1

    Beautiful, I love it.

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    Sep 9, 2009, 05.11 PMby ncn6

    Wow… I would have never looked twice at that pattern, but this looks fantastic!

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    Sep 9, 2009, 04.50 PMby marmota-b

    I love the change of colours – it’s much more delightful in brown than in the original black! Great job again.

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    Sep 9, 2009, 01.50 PMby florean-fortescue

    Love the bow detail

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    Sep 9, 2009, 12.44 PMby seemane

    Very chic! Great job :)

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    Sep 9, 2009, 12.32 PMby miss-g

    Its very stylish, very you. Great job, once again.

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    Sep 9, 2009, 12.09 AMby marlonsqueen

    Wonderful job!!!! God bless!

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    Sep 8, 2009, 07.05 PMby vintageluvr

    Love the collar!! Beautiful!

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    Sep 8, 2009, 04.49 PMby michelleiswell

    This is so delightful! You did a wonderful job, and look much more sassy in it than that crazy model! LOVE IT!

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    Sep 8, 2009, 04.47 PMby frenchpea

    Beautiful suit and it fits you so well. It looks better than the original, imho! Really nicely made, congratulations!

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    Sep 8, 2009, 03.59 PMby ink

    Lovely! Congrat’s on the blazer looks so stylish!

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    Sep 8, 2009, 03.11 PMby sewbissy


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    Sep 8, 2009, 02.49 PMby wzrdreams

    Great job! Very creative.

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