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.
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)!


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


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...