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Part 3: 1953 Travel Set

Added Jun 13, 2010

by ajtak7171

Vienna, Austria






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…

Material Notes

100% silk. Lining is a blend.




Garment Type

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    Aug 30, 2010, 07.55 AMby badaspunkbtch

    I love it!!! The trim is especially creative. The fabric, the poses, the fit… It’s all wonderful! One of the best I’ve seen on burdastyle yet!

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    Jul 13, 2010, 07.07 PMby tahmineh

    that’s gorgeous, what pattern did you use?

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    Jun 25, 2010, 07.03 AMby sabzarap

    Die Jacke ist wirklich umwerfend genauso wie das Kleid, oder sind das 2 Teile?

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      Jun 25, 2010, 07.08 AMby ajtak7171

      Danke! Ja, es sind zwei Teile, Top und Rock, und dann eben noch der Blazer dazu. Wenn Du bei “part 1” schaust, siehst Du alle Originalillustrationen… Ich glaube die Jacke war der ursprüngliche “Zünder”, über den ich mich in dieses Set verliebt habe…

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    Jun 16, 2010, 03.36 AMby 6kidsathome

    You are going to be the best dressed traveler ever. Fabulous outfits.

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    Jun 15, 2010, 01.09 PMby ellie-sew

    Wow! This is gorgious! With this set I feel like travelling to Vienna and strolling around the old places and cafés. Great job! Thanks for this inspiration!

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    Jun 15, 2010, 09.03 AMby analogue

    Your suit is absolutely beautiful! I love the other items of the set you’ve posted as well (part 1 and 2) and am looking forward to seeing the remaining ones. I really your attention to detail, like the trim around the neckline, the brooch and the buttons. You look absolutely stunning. You say the pattern from Neue Moden only came in one size. I knew they didn’t have multisize patterns like in modern burdas, but are all the patterns in the magazine in the same size or is each garment a different one? I’ve been thinking of buying some 50s pattern magazines like Neue Moden, Burda, etc and was wonderng what the sizing would be like.

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      Jun 15, 2010, 12.25 PMby ajtak7171

      Thanks a lot! Yes, the patterns each come in one size only, but different sizes for different garments (of course the dress you want NEVER happens to be in your size…). The sizes are either 0-IV, or by bust measurements… In the 60’s some magazines have each pattern in two sizes, but still not the multi size patterns we know today. But grading is not so bad, really, you’ll get the hang of it!

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    Jun 15, 2010, 04.40 AMby olystyrene

    gorgeous!! love it!

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    Jun 15, 2010, 01.47 AMby badkitty-1

    This is absolutely gorgeous. What a chic suit and such lovely construction xx

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    Jun 14, 2010, 11.42 PMby skeeler

    Wow – Truly great!

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    Jun 14, 2010, 10.44 PMby laugh434

    This is just fantastic! Color me insanely jealous of every piece, right down to the shoes!

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    Jun 14, 2010, 07.51 PMby marloncosta

    Hummmm! So beautiful and elegant! You did a great job witj it. It looks super well executed! I love the 40`s and 50`s and this dress is a great design of that period. Stunning!

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    Jun 14, 2010, 06.43 PMby lovelypolly

    Wow, this is sooooo pretty! amazing! I wonder if it is comfy; I mean, would you travel far distances with it.? I guess in the 50ies it was much more important to look good rather than to feel easy. What´s the exact specification of the silk?

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      Jun 15, 2010, 06.48 AMby ajtak7171

      Thank you and yes, I would absolutely travel far distances! The original skirt would have the pleat in the back sewn together all the way down to past the knee, which would make it difficult to board trains and cablecars, not to even mention riding a bike… but since I left it open, it is very comfy! This material is AMAZING. It is 100% silk, but I can’t remember the specification…. I think it’s “silk noil” or “silk suiting”…

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    Jun 14, 2010, 12.44 PMby suzetewilliams

    Wow, this is Vogue Magazine Cover for sure. What a classic! Fabulous finishing. Congratulations!!!

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      Jun 14, 2010, 12.56 PMby ajtak7171

      Thank you so much!! I fell in love with this project because every single piece has cover potential… :-) Wish me luck with the remaining pieces… and happy sewing yourself!

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      Jun 14, 2010, 04.13 PMby suzetewilliams

      I wish you luck always, but I don’t think luck has anything to do with it. I think you’re naturally gifted. I look forward to seeing more of your projects. :-)

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    Jun 14, 2010, 08.15 AMby bussey

    I thought it was a dress, not two pieces… and that I would steal it… You are totally right in being happy with the results!

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    Jun 14, 2010, 07.07 AMby jsh-1

    which pattern did you use????

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      Jun 14, 2010, 07.50 AMby ajtak7171

      The pattern is from a “Vorbachs Neue Moden” from May 1953, that I bought through Ebay Austria… You see a picture when you go to Part 1 of my series…

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      Jun 14, 2010, 09.56 AMby jsh-1

      could you give me a direct link on where to buy it??

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    Jun 14, 2010, 06.11 AMby irmchen

    OMG!!! Oh mein Gott!! :-))) Das ist ganz, ganz, ganz schön!!!

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      Jun 14, 2010, 12.49 PMby ajtak7171

      :-) Danke Dir!

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    Jun 14, 2010, 02.33 AMby harmony758

    These pieces are phenomenal! Excellent work!

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    Jun 14, 2010, 02.27 AMby kelepso

    I thought it was two different dresses. It’s amazing out the jacket makes it look like a totally different outfit. BTW, you’re pictures are so clever.

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      Jun 14, 2010, 01.31 PMby kelepso

      Thank you! Didn’t mean to mark your comment inappropriate. That was a mistake. Lol! Great work. Again!

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      Jun 14, 2010, 01.42 PMby ajtak7171

      Thank you! Yes, amazing how a different styling changes the whole thing, right? The credit goes mainly to the magazine, since I really just copied them… And by the way, I love your stuff, too!

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      Jun 14, 2010, 01.44 PMby ajtak7171

      :-) I’ve just removed and reposted this response… That has happened to me before, too, glad I’m not the only one!

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      Jun 14, 2010, 01.56 PMby kelepso

      Lol! Silly me!

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    Jun 13, 2010, 09.56 PMby norskie

    Lovely, and I really like your necklace, too!

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    Jun 13, 2010, 09.09 PMby apfelbluete

    Its very very vintage! Great! and I love silk fabric!:-)

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    Jun 13, 2010, 08.18 PMby misssylver

    Oh my goodness, which pattern did you use? xx

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      Jun 14, 2010, 07.53 AMby ajtak7171

      The pattern is from a “Vorbachs Neue Moden” from May 1953, that I bought through Ebay Austria… Not easy to work with… the patterns only come in one size (two sizes too big for me) and they are difficult to copy down from the pattern plan… You see a picture from the whole page when you go to Part 1 of my series…

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    Jun 13, 2010, 07.13 PMby lilibellech

    So classic and sexy!

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    Jun 13, 2010, 05.20 PMby keren

    Thanks. It is so warm that there is no selection of jacket fabrics in stores. Everything is light and summery. So I ended up buying an inexpensive heavy cotton twill in a dark bluish with a bit of grey-ish color. The lining is you know, shiny lightweight lining fabric – quite nice, white with pin stripes in blue and red. I think the buttons will need to “make” the jacket… And the pattern as well, because it is quite an interesting pattern (from Burda Jan 2009). We’ll see :-)

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    Jun 13, 2010, 03.10 PMby TheSerialHobbyistGirl

    Love it!

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    Jun 13, 2010, 02.45 PMby keren

    I love the jacket and the fabric. It looks amazing and so meticulously done. I am impressed by how you are so devoted to this project!! Great job and great photos :-) I love the princess seam on the jacket, and the pockets, and its collar. I am also making a jacket now (first time!) – if you have any fabric recommendations I would be happy to hear them!

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      Jun 13, 2010, 04.22 PMby ajtak7171

      Thank you so much! I find choosing fabrics daunting enough for myself, so I don’t have the confidence to give you much advice… BUT: The choice of lining is more important than you think, and also any other interfacings you might use… fusible, non-fusible… you can turn almost any fabric into the right weight and “flow” by your choice of interfacings/lining… Good luck!!!

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