Saturday, November 04, 2017

Flying by the Seat of Someone Else's Pants

I was excited to join in with Portia's therefashioners2017 this year. The theme was a suit refashion.
My first effort was a complete failure, I wasted a perfectly good suit, and the deadline was looming, so I decided to skip this year.
Three days later -
I fought, and lost, the urge to just take a peek in the men's section of Goodwill. Of course, I found a really nice checked suit, just waiting to come home with me.
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I decided to make a skirt, but it needed to be fast. The suit was too small for me, so I couldn't do a quick trousers to skirt conversion. I needed to add some panels in somehow to size up.
I started with the trousers, retaining the "sides", keeping the hip pockets, and back welt pockets, planning to just add front and back centre panels. Realizing the silhouette could use a little more width at the hem, I inserted part of the sleeves into the side seams, leaving the cuff buttons in place as embellishment.
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Last day of October came, and I still hadn't finished. I stitched a centre back panel in, and was pondering what to do with the front.
I looked at all the pieces I had available...ooh, I like the jacket front with the two pockets!!
OK, chop and sew (and drink coffee). Right, it's done. It sure isn't perfectly sewn (and my photos aren't in focus)!

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Of course, next year, I'll have it done by mid October  😉
Full post here.

4 comments:

whatthesew said...

You've kept plenty of detail from the suit, makes it more interesting. Works well with the fabric somehow.

Chickie Walsh said...

I love this checked suit skirt. The details from the suit make the skirt really cool and I love that you styled it casual and sporty instead of formal. I can still see the suit but you gave it a new life and personality. Fabulous.
Chickie EOD

Kathy W. - One Brown Mom said...

I'm TOTALLY stealing this idea!

Marisa Glied said...

SUPER CUTE!

-TheRefashStash