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Pretty Pattie

Added Jul 7, 2013

by alekat

Sydney, Australia






Oh my ! How much stress this suite caused me. But in the end it turned out very well!
I cut this pattern 5 weeks ago, and other than a break to make another dress, I’ve been stitching little bits of this jacket, making improvements on the fit and fiddling around with “tailoring techniques” (which in the end were kind of useless), and having tiny hissy fits every time I tried it on
But in the end I am so happy with it I don’t even care about its remaining imperfections!

I wanted an early sixties style mini-skirt suit. Something for work that was in a cute fabric and nice cut. I named it after Pattie Boyd as at the time of cutting I was reading Pattie’s biography – Wonderful life

I used 2 patterns from Burda – Mini Skirt 08/2012 #135 and Jorinde Jacket 4112
The mini skirt was easy and since I’ve made it a few times before and it was done in 2 hours. It fits wonderfully and is the neatest lining I’ve ever done!

The jacket however was another matter. I didn’t calculate the hours I spent on it so I can’t explain in that capacity how much I worked on the jacket. Luckily the fabric was quite good and can deal with being handled with a few times and there was a lot of unpicking and restitching especially with the sleeves.

The bodice was too big so I narrowed that down, but at first I didn’t narrow down the sleeves as well and that created the first sleeve issue. So I took them off and slimmed them down a little. After that I was almost done and was close to finishing the lining, but the sleeves still weren’t right. I really just wanted to finish the silly thing, but my inner voice was screaming “just do the bloody thing properly!” so I unpicked it again, removed the flannel underlining from the sleeves and took them in dramatically and made sure they fit before sewing them in for the last time.

The actual instructions for the jacket were not that great so I used the tailoring instructions from my sewing book. The book had recommended flannel underlining the bodice and sleeves which worked out nicely for the bodice, but as mentioned it was not ideal for the sleeves.

The top half of the jacket also has been interfaced – this is to keep the shoulders and top of the back neat and smooth. Considering I took out the shoulder pads, the interfacing is doing a nice enough job of keeping the shoulders smooth.

I used a vintage the button kit that I had bought from Fabric a Brac for both the front buttons and cuffs

I’m pretty happy with how it is considering its my first tailored jacket. The fit could be a little better across the bust and the shoulders as it’s still a little baggy, but after all the mucking around its good enough for work.
I’m keen to make another jacket but maybe with another pattern and armed with the knowledge I now have from making this it should be a little easier.

We all have to try in order to know how hard or easy something is right?

Material Notes

I used a navy polka dot print from Spoonflower on Organic cotton sateen. Sateen is maybe not the best fabric for tailoring as it tends to hold creases but is easily ironed out. And I did have to reinforce some of the edges in twill tape to prevent future stretching.

I used Lilac bemsilk lining for the insides




Fall, Spring
Garment Type
Business, Classic, Mod, Preppy

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    Jul 8, 2013, 03.21 AMby diyraven

    Ohhhhh so super cute!!! Despite the stresses it looks fabulous on you – well done! :)

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      Jul 8, 2013, 03.59 AMby alekat

      Thank you! I never thought id finish it!

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    Jul 7, 2013, 09.55 PMby rita61


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      Jul 8, 2013, 03.59 AMby alekat


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    Jul 7, 2013, 07.52 PMby Manic Pop

    This looks amazing! Great job! I’m sure there are less imperfections on it than you think. In a few months, you’ll forget what they are anyway. Now I want to make a mini skirt suit!

    And actually… if you cut it 5 weeks ago, that’s sewn up pretty quickly for a jacket!

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      Jul 8, 2013, 04.02 AMby alekat

      I hope I can forget about them… until some one picks them out! nooooo!
      You should totally make a skirt suit! except I wouldn’t reccommend Jorinde… maybe get a different pattern that has clearer instructions

      really? I thought 5 weeks was heaps? and I did work on it a lot in that 5 weeks cause of all the fussing about.

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    Jul 7, 2013, 07.45 PMby liliv-1

    Super wow!

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      Jul 8, 2013, 04.02 AMby alekat


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    Jul 7, 2013, 07.35 PMby cathysews

    You’ve worked really hard and it shows…the whole thing looks fabulous. Great!

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Jul 8, 2013, 04.02 AMby alekat

      Thank you! im glad all my hard work paid off

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    Jul 7, 2013, 06.34 PMby Mary Athey

    fabulous suit, another cool 60’s vibe going on here. you suit this style so well and its lovely on you x

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Jul 8, 2013, 04.05 AMby alekat

      Thanks Mary!

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    Jul 7, 2013, 01.34 PMby skeeler

    super cute!!

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Jul 8, 2013, 04.38 AMby alekat

      Thank you!

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    Jul 7, 2013, 01.12 PMby chichil

    What a pretty and cool suit, it was worth your time and efforts :)

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    • Catherine_a-01_large

      Jul 8, 2013, 04.39 AMby alekat

      Thank you! Its good to know that it worked after i persevered

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    Jul 7, 2013, 11.14 AMby byVA

    You did a great job. I like it a lot, and a style suits you great. Congatulations. One nice day, sometime in the future, I would like to be able to produce something like this :)

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      Jul 8, 2013, 04.40 AMby alekat

      Thank you! Definitely give it a go! even if you use practice fabric end up chucking it out, you’ll still learn some good techniques and will help you to make an even better one!

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