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A Suit Fit for a Femme Fatale

November 11, 2011

Here is my version of Vintage Vogue 2339.

I constructed it back in 2005, and pulled it out of the closet this week for an evening of Mahler with the Marin Symphony.  Although the suit has a few issues (please don’t look too closely at my first attempt with bound button-holes) I love how it shows how far my sewing has come, and how much more I have to learn!

More pictures may be found over at my blog, Lilacs & Lace.

    1. I am wearing a luleh strapless under this suit, found here: http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/luleh-shapewear-firm-control-camisole-liquid-lace-strapless-33418?ID=452798&CategoryID=37732#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D7%26ruleId%3D67%26slotId%3D6 It only has two bones, one on each side seam. And after being seated, the boning has a tendency to stick out at the hips, but with this outfit, it does not matter!

      I am always looking for better long-line bras. I find it very frustrating trying to find period correct shapewear these days. The pieces that are boned use cheap plastic that bends when it gets warm from body heat, and most of the stuff out there is just stretchy fabric which does not create the wasp-waist look. The waistband on my skirt has no extra ease which also helps to pull everything in.

      I know there are a couple of companies that create reproductions of vintage bras and girdles, but I would have to order them online and do not like the idea of guessing on sizes. Quite a few bloggers rave about http://www.whatkatiedid.us.com/

      Sorry for not being more helpful!

      1. You are totally right, it’s very difficult to achieve period shape-wear… But the link you shared with me, whatkatiedid, seems a very useful one. Maybe when I’m in London again I’ll drop by in the store to find out the fitting of their undergarments. Thanks!

  1. Wow, what an amazing suit! You really pull it off too. Although now I am afraid I have striped suit fever and am going to have to make one.

  2. Just beautiful. There’s nothing like the lovely femininity of these styles these days. No wonder we all yearn for them 🙂

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