1950s | 1960s | Jackets | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

A “White Christmas” -inspired Skirt Suit

January 7, 2015

After sitting on the pattern for waaay too long, I finally got up the gumption to sew Advance 7745 with some red wool that I snagged for super cheap at the thrift store.  Needless to say, I love it.

I omitted the collar called for in the pattern, in part because I didn’t like it and in part because there wasn’t enough fabric!  I’m thinking I’ll get a little white fur peter pan collar to finish it off for winter, and I might find a leopard print collar to swap out for fall and late spring.  The pattern didn’t call for lining the jacket, but I opted to make up a quick lining with some leopard print stuff from JoAnn Fabrics.  I was hoping for a plaid, but no such luck…

I was thinking of adding the belt at the bottom of the jacket (seen on the short-sleeved view on the pattern, barely) but I had quite a hard time picking buttons and finding a matching belt buckle might take a while.  All in all though, I’m super happy with how it turned out!

More pictures of the project are on my blog here and some pictures of the skirt without a jacket over it are in this post.

  1. Wow, I love it! A great colour and a great pattern! I particularly like that it is in fact a suit and you can wear them both as seperates or as a dress, I really should consider making such thing for myself.
    And even if you say you wanted a plaid lining: that leopard print rocks!

    1. Thank you! But hahaha no… these are some of the sloppiest bound buttonholes I’ve managed to date. But thankfully they’re generally covered by buttons!

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