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Outfit for a friend

Added Jan 14, 2011

by Ralf Schmitz

Berlin, Germany






My friend Martina has asked me to do an outfit for her, as she is invited to a wedding. I love her and knew instantly, what i wanted to do for her. something similar to my “sherlock holmes” but a bit more dandy.

we ended up doing a pair of trousers and a waistcoat using a dark blue very light wool material (that has as well a little off-white in it, so while moving, the material has a “changeant” effect. the backside of the waistcoat (as well as the inside) and the scarf are made in bright red silk. the colors look lovely together (i think at least) and we are happy, that i could convince martina to those colors, as she initially wanted it to be more balanced and not so much contrasts, but the result suits her soooo well!

Material Notes

light weight woll in dark blue and off white changeant
bright red silk
thread and buttons




Garment Type
Bohemian, Business, Classic
Silk, Wool


model and friend

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    Jan 15, 2012, 10.20 PMby annakatriin

    Real piece of art! Well done!

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    Aug 17, 2011, 04.44 PMby Rebecca Alleyne

    I have a grey skirt with red peek-a-boo pleats that I’m not exactly finished with – just need to hem it up really but been too lazy to get it done – and I was wondering what to make to go with it and this waist coat is perfect!!! I will take my grey and red fabric and try to duplicate this piece of genius! I love it!

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    Aug 15, 2011, 06.30 AMby vasgarcia

    Is that the Jason pattern? You did a great job on the pockets, I just made one that I ended up scrapping because I didn’t care enough to take out my mistakes and fix them. /cringe But yours looks fantastic.

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      Aug 15, 2011, 04.00 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you very much…… i initially had the jason pattern but changed it around so many times, that it is only in its basics still jason. thank you very much for your compliment about my pockets. i “learned” how to do them through a book from burda (it explains about everything you could ever think off in reg. of sewing)

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    Aug 9, 2011, 04.34 AMby solsticefire

    I love your projects, I wanted to comment on all of them! I just took a tailoring class, so I know how much time and patience goes into a tailored garment! Beautiful work, I especially love the dark wool and red silk combo here! Your friends are extremely lucky to have someone as talented as you making them these amazing outfits :)

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      Aug 9, 2011, 05.44 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you very very much! i love to do those kind of things and have to say, that as more complicated they get, the more i love to do them….

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    Mar 4, 2011, 07.00 AMby baroness

    the waistcoat is superb and the combination with the white blouse and the matching scarf…. 5 stars!

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      Mar 4, 2011, 05.38 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear baroness! thank you very much for your kind comment! i am thrilled, that you like this combination as much as we do!

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    Feb 10, 2011, 09.29 PMby dudette0sam

    wow. looks amazing.

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      Feb 11, 2011, 06.57 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you very very much duette0sam!

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    Jan 19, 2011, 05.30 PMby threadsquare

    Martina looks amazing! She’s going to steal the show at the wedding (and bring you more requests for garments!)

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      Feb 11, 2011, 06.57 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear threadsquare! you must be a fortuneteller :-) there is more work to come and i am so happy, that “my order book” is full now :-)

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    Jan 16, 2011, 07.54 PMby marloncosta

    DUUUUDE!!! Standing ovation! I want something similar for myself! Very elegant design. I`m amazed by the perfection of the construction! It`s very nicely tailored (welt pockets…I just can`t get them right)!!! Congrats!

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      Jan 17, 2011, 06.11 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear marlon! thank you very much for your comment! the welt pockets used to be such a problem for me too, but now i have made them so many times, that they start to work out really well!

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    Jan 16, 2011, 04.27 PMby Nigel Mansfield

    Ralf you have done it again, it looks stunning. Beautiful job and well made, I like the pocket welts done on the bias and the red looks great on Martina.

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      Jan 16, 2011, 04.45 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you so much nigel! i am so happy that all of you seem to like the outfit. martina and i are very happy with the result too!

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    Jan 16, 2011, 04.23 PMby skeeler

    Martina looks so great in this outfit! You are a master!

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      Jan 16, 2011, 04.44 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear skeeler! the “master” is bright red due to your lovely comment! thank you so much!

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    Jan 15, 2011, 10.10 PMby janene

    Ralf, this is stunning. Such a brilliant combo of fabrics and colour. The unsung skill of a designer / craftsman / tailor is the ability to convince the customer that you know best…. and you certainly do :-)

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      Jan 16, 2011, 07.59 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      dear janene! thank you for your compliments, but most of all, for calling me a designer / craftsman / tailor! that means so much to me!

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    Jan 15, 2011, 08.09 PMby zaarissima

    I’m speechless and thrilled – a masterpiece of work! CHAPEAU !!!!

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      Jan 16, 2011, 07.58 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you very much zaarissima! that is so kind of you!

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    Jan 15, 2011, 12.42 AMby nidhi

    great design and choice of colours! very professional!

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      Jan 15, 2011, 07.17 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you very much for your kind comment nidhi!

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    Jan 14, 2011, 08.58 PMby Testosterone

    Pocket perfection!

    Such a flattering silhouette – the backside is as good as the front side (and that’s saying something!).

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      Jan 15, 2011, 07.16 AMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you very much testosterone! i tried to make the pockets as nice as possible as i know, that the small details are the really important thing!

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    Jan 14, 2011, 07.44 PMby analogue

    Stunning outfit and a great fit! I love the contrasting fabrics, very flamboyant :-) I love a well cut suit on a woman (or a man for that matter)

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      Jan 14, 2011, 08.57 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      same here! i really love elegant well mad suits on women and my friend is wearing it with such an elegance…… thank you for your comment!

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    Jan 14, 2011, 07.02 PMby domestic-divaonline

    Outstanding Ralf! Everything about it is perfection and the outfit suits her so well. Great job of fitting too! I like your choice of the buckle on the back.

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      Jan 14, 2011, 08.56 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you so much for your kind words. i really loved doing this outfit for my friend, as i think she has such a fantastic body and proportions. it was really great to be done.

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    Jan 14, 2011, 05.32 PMby irmchen

    AMAZING… as to the good fit and the sewing skill!

    UNPOPULAR… as to the dandy style and the red silk in combination with the grey wool!

    BEAUTIFUL… as to the result! :-)

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      Jan 14, 2011, 08.54 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you irmchen! i still have so much i want to learn skillwise but everytime i have finished one project, the next is waiting allready.

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    Jan 14, 2011, 05.22 PMby Gabriele Yorlano

    Wow, such detail and what a professional look! Your friend is lucky to have you make this garment for her. I love the punch of red silk too.

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      Jan 14, 2011, 08.53 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you so much for your kind words! i am really happy, that all of you like the red too, as we really had “to force” my friend to this…….now she LOVES it :-)

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    Jan 14, 2011, 04.45 PMby seazoo

    wow! This is really good combo and lovely for her. I love the fabric and details!

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      Jan 14, 2011, 05.08 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      thank you seazoo! my friend really liked her outfit and i am happy too, that it worked out the way we wanted it.

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    Jan 14, 2011, 04.39 PMby elguanche

    hahaha, na dann können wir uns ja heute gegenseitig bestaunen ;)

    Der Mantel ist aber noch net fertig… aber das geht ja aus dem Text hervor!!! :)

    Hast du gesehen, wie cool die weißen Ärmel von Martine rot strahlen wenn sie in die Nähe der Weste kommen? Total genial!!!

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    Jan 14, 2011, 04.34 PMby elguanche

    hihi… waren wir heute beide in Einstelllaune??? ;)

    Sieht super aus!!!! :)

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      Jan 14, 2011, 04.36 PMby Ralf Schmitz

      danke vielmals! ich bin gerade am staunen über deinen tollen mantel ……..

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