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"Pretty in pink" 60s Chanel inspired three piece bouclé suit

Added Mar 24, 2015

by Irina Schwab

Aylesbury, Unite...






The moment I saw the Chanel catwalk show featuring their hidden corset signature look, I had to try making one of the amazing suits.

This is, in fact, my second attempt at making a three piece. This time the corset was made from scratch, fully lined and finished with cotton encased boning and elastic lace.

The top was made based on a Vogue vintage pattern (the front panel and button variation); the skirt was also based on a vintage pattern which I modified by adjusting the length, front pleats to fit over the corset.

The boucl fabric I used is a bit soft and I wish it were more responsive, however loads of ironing solved the problem in the end!

Notions: wool boucle, Fenwick’s, Leicester; buttons: Vogue buttons, Hobbycraft; shoes brown suede with pink polcadots: Manolo Blahnik; headpiece: handmade from pink carnations and hyacinth

Material Notes

wool boucl, satin, elastic lace (upper edge of corset), cotton encased boning and ribbon



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage
Blends, Suiting, Wool

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    Mar 28, 2015, 05.48 AMby sewing fanatic

    great work! pretty

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      Mar 30, 2015, 06.54 AMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you so much, nadia

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    Mar 26, 2015, 05.33 AMby ronnielee

    Outfit is a stunner! I have to get myself some of this Pink Boucle’. Great job, love it!

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      Mar 30, 2015, 06.53 AMby Irina Schwab

      Found mine in a Fenwick shop, and, believe it or not, it was also on sale plus the blue cross sale. So I ended up paying less that £3/m!!!

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      Mar 31, 2015, 11.57 AMby ronnielee

      Damn. I was trying to reply and clicked on that damn annoying “Marked as in appropriate” instead..
      Anymore left that you could sent to Oz.???

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      Mar 31, 2015, 07.15 PMby Irina Schwab

      I am 100% sure they run out of this type of fabric. Generally when they have sales fabrics such this sell really quick. They also had a rainbow – pastel coloured one, with some faint check son. They had loads of that left, however they put the price back up. I am going to Leicester one-piece a month for studies, I will check in April (11th) and let you know.

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    Mar 25, 2015, 08.37 PMby Mokara

    Irina, this is very unique, I love the color you chose, and love love love the back. I have no idea why you shouldn’t feel like a confident “sewer”! :)

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      Mar 30, 2015, 06.52 AMby Irina Schwab

      Aww, thank you so much. I am never happy with the quality of the sewing and trying to improve. Perhaps I need a better machine!!!!

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    Mar 25, 2015, 10.55 AMby Lucie Jones

    An amazing outfit. So professional looking. Fabulous fabric choice. Do you have an occasion for it?

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      Mar 25, 2015, 06.11 PMby Irina Schwab

      I usually make the outfit, then find a reason/occasion to wear it. As it happens, I am having a goodbye-job party this Saturday. Now I have an occasion!!!

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    Mar 25, 2015, 10.09 AMby floralgirl

    I really love this, great effort and great detailing.

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      Mar 25, 2015, 06.10 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you so much for your appreciations x

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    Mar 25, 2015, 01.31 AMby rita61

    Beautiful outfit! You wear it well !!

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      Mar 25, 2015, 06.09 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thanks a lot, rita So far, 99% of outfits were by myself for myself. I should sew something for by sons, too. If they let me!

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    Mar 24, 2015, 10.13 PMby emilymai

    The whole look is amazing!


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      Mar 25, 2015, 06.08 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you so much, emilymai x

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    Mar 24, 2015, 07.18 PMby martinK

    Great outfit, great style, amazing work of sewing!!!

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      Mar 24, 2015, 08.36 PMby Irina Schwab

      Oh, you think so? I am so grateful. I am not a particularly confident " sewer "!!

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      Mar 25, 2015, 07.03 PMby martinK

      not a confident sewer??? Can’t believe it. look at your own studio on this site, and be proud of the great garments you have made!!!

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    Mar 24, 2015, 06.38 PMby Solosew

    Wow. Looks fabulous

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      Mar 24, 2015, 08.35 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you, solosew x

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    Mar 24, 2015, 05.16 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    Great job! Lovely details!

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      Mar 24, 2015, 08.35 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you so much xx

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    Mar 24, 2015, 04.27 PMby kihli

    This is stunning!

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    Mar 24, 2015, 01.02 PMby dadaist

    Very chic Irina, loved it! :-)

    I often meant to say but keep forgetting – since I am based in Aylesbury too, it’d be lovely to meet up for a coffee and chat about sewing. Nowadays, I’m sewing mostly for my little son but I admire your sewing skills and creativity. Have a lovely afternoon!

    Ayse. X

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      Mar 24, 2015, 08.34 PMby Irina Schwab

      Oh, wow. Definitely. I am leaving my job on the 31st if March to set up a legal practice. After that i will be free to meet and chat xx

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      Mar 26, 2015, 08.55 PMby dadaist

      Congratulations Irina – wonderful news! Best of luck on setting up your new business, exciting times ahead :-) Do let me know when you’d like to meet up! Have a nice evening. Xxx

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    Mar 24, 2015, 12.43 PMby liliv-1

    I love everything about this amazing outfit but most of all I like your color choise! Bravo Irina, wonderful project!

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      Mar 24, 2015, 08.32 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you so much, you are too kind. I really need the feedback, good or bad. It helps me go forward x

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    Mar 24, 2015, 10.01 AMby IDia

    This is so YOU! Absolutely stunning! Elegant, chic, and Pink :-) xxx

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      Mar 24, 2015, 08.31 PMby Irina Schwab

      I’ve officially moved into the 60s!

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    Mar 24, 2015, 07.40 AMby Mary Athey

    This is gorgeous irina. You have put a lot of time and effort into this project and it shows. Great photos as well x

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      Mar 24, 2015, 08.31 PMby Irina Schwab

      Oh, Mary, you are too kind, as always x Thank you so much!

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    Mar 24, 2015, 06.57 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Pretty and cute – and very inspiring! :)

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      Mar 24, 2015, 07.03 PMby Irina Schwab

      Makes me travel back in time. From all points of view!!! :-)

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    Mar 24, 2015, 04.15 AMby KikiDelivery

    This is an impressive ensemble. Wow!

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