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A sporty look, and the second chapter in my wool skirt saga.

The second skirt in my Pendleton quartet is another plaid number. This one is fairly plain as well, with some simple alterations made to change the look up a bit. I widened the waistband and added suspenders. I’ve always really liked the look of the suspender skirt (whether from the 1910s or the 1950s or anywhere in between), and have intended to make myself one for a long time now. I thought it would be a nice silhouette with this plaid also, simple enough to showcase the pattern, but not so overly simplified as to be boring. This piece of wool had just a few moth holes that needed repair, so I set myself to work at re-weaving again. This is a much finer weave than the previous fabric, so it required a little more precision, but it really wasn’t too bad. I have to admit, I think I’m actually getting a little hooked on it. It’s just the kind of insanely meticulous work I find fun and relaxing (’cause maybe I’m a little nuts).


After pulling threads from a scrap of the plaid, I set to work reweaving the two holes in the skirt front, and then the two in the suspender pieces.


Doing this made me feel a little bit like the woman who made Chanel’s braided trim for decades (although not old, French, and incredibly skilled).


You can see the first hole mid-repair just to the right of the pin.

The skirt turned out pretty well, and I had just enough left of the fabric to make a matching hat (because every outfit should have a matching hat, right?). Anyway, I used the Wearing History Sporty Toppers pattern, view 1. I was working with scraps, so the plaid doesn’t match perfectly on top, but it doesn’t bother me too much since there is so much seaming to break it up in the first place. I used a slightly narrower ribbon than called for in the pattern, but I like how it looks.










To complete my sort of “golf-course” couture look, I managed to finally finish one of my biggest UFOs; this brown wool suit jacket. I started this suit about three years ago, finished the skirt, got about half way through the jacket and then put it on the back burner and left it there to stew. It feels really good to finally have it finished and out of the project pile. It’s far from perfect, but finished it all I was really aiming for at this point, so I’m happy with it. I don’t have all the pattern details in front of me, but I’ll try and dig them up. I’m pretty sure it’s a McCall’s pattern, and it’s from the 50s, but I’m not sure the exact year and can’t remember the number. Anyway, here’s the ensemble all put together and ready for a stroll across the fairway. (Both pieces need a little touch up with the iron).









So, that’s that. Now on to other projects in the queue. I’ve still got two of the wool skirts to put together, and then numerous other summery projects to start, but I’ve got an Edwardian event to go to in early May that I also have to make some stuff for, and that will probably take precedence. Hope everyone has had a good week!



About the author: I’m a spanish teaching, classic movie loving, fabric hoarding, yarn coveting, chicken keeping bibliophile, and mother to a beautiful, wild little boy, with too many projects and nowhere near enough time to finish them all. Sewing and knitting are what help keep me sane.

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  • Pam February 28, 2014, 11:44 am

    Fantastic vintage suit — I absolutely love it! Great job — I’ve never met a tweed I didn’t love, BTW:)

  • laurien February 28, 2014, 12:49 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful job. You should be really proud!!!!

  • highheelhippie February 28, 2014, 1:30 pm

    Wonderful job. I bet it looks great on. Love the suspenders.

  • Ripple Dandelion February 28, 2014, 1:34 pm

    Oh, how absolutely glorious! And major respect for your reweaving expertise. I would love to happen upon you wearing this outfit–you will definitely charm all who encounter you when you wear it.

  • Toocutedobs February 28, 2014, 2:50 pm

    Nice work! Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Sewcial Warrior February 28, 2014, 4:06 pm

    I adore this whole outfit. I too have been wanting to make a skirt with suspenders for ages but haven’t got round to it. Maybe this will move up my sewing queue with your inspiration.

  • Stacey Stitch March 1, 2014, 8:45 am

    Oh my word this is gorgeous! Love it with the jacket too 🙂

  • EmSewCrazy March 1, 2014, 9:28 am

    OOh i love both pieces. Suspender skirts are so fun! I’ve got to make myself one. That jacket looks very nice too. I like the lapels? collar? front bits?

  • Aaminah March 1, 2014, 8:35 pm

    Amazing! It was so worth it to finish this outfit. The tailoring of the jacket is fantastic and it pairs so well with the skirt and beret. I have got to try that button placket; love it!

  • Frances March 3, 2014, 9:35 am

    Ohmigoodness, that’s amazing. I mean, the skirt and hat are just fabulous, but then I saw the blazer, and that just boggles my mind. I’ve yet to attempt a garment that structured, and and I have no idea how other people make it look so good!

  • Sara March 3, 2014, 11:15 am

    I am so in love with everything you’ve made here! That jacket looks absolutely exquisite.

  • caroline March 4, 2014, 5:47 am

    That jacket is stunning – so elegant. I love the collar – it’s very modern even while being retro. Your work is always so clean and elegant. If you ever find that jacket pattern and decide to sell it, let me know ;-).

  • Katherine March 20, 2014, 12:00 am

    I love the jacket!!! so stylish and fitted. Did you ever find the name/number?

  • ShirleyDont April 23, 2014, 10:34 am

    Beautiful and so well done. What a great look!

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