1940s

Suitable for Spring

April 5, 2015

I’ve always wanted a great vintage suit but have had a hard time finding one in my size and price range. So I finally broke down and sewed up my own!

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I actually made this up from two different vintage patterns-Simplicity 4013 and Simplicity 1659. It’s made from a yummy red linen with vintage buttons.

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A work in progress shot! This pattern is actually from 1939 which is one of my favorite years for fashion! I also want to make the dicky to go with the jacket.

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It turned out quite fabulously! And it’s so comfortable to wear and looks effortlessly chic. It really makes me sad that suits have gone out of fashion unless you work in a very conservative office or are going for a job interview.

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I’m also excited about the mix and match-ability of this suit! It really makes me sorry that I waited so long to make up this suit! For more photos and construction detail, pop over to my blog.

  1. Very good idea to sew your own! It looks fantastic! I like the silhouette and the combination of the collar-shape and the sleeves.

  2. Love to see the old patterns revived – combining several patterns to achieve personal style was a staple in home sewing in the 1930s-70s. Current day sewers are afraid there will be an explosion in the sewing room if they combine a Simplicity top with a Butterick sleeve, and a Vogue skirt. Glad to see you’re using your imagination to make the perfect outfit for YOU!

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