Vintage Suit sewalong

8 May

So yes, I’ve joined the Vintage Suit Sewalong, because my track record with sewalongs is just so good, and I desperately need a suit in my life, and need a vintage suit even more!

<returns to reality>

I’ve joined the Vintage suit sewalong because even though I don’t think I’ve ever properly completed any sewalong I’ve joined, I love seeing everyone else’s sews coming along, and the finished products. I really don’t need a suit (I need leotards! I’m doing so much dance at the moment.). And I need a vintage suit even less. But the other reason I joined? Well… I have this pattern:

Photo in paper pattern file - Google Photos:


Indeed I’ve had this pattern for a very very very long time. I believe it is actually my first ever op-shop vintage pattern buy. I also believe, if I’m recalling correctly, it was 20c. Hit me hard in my hip pocket this pattern did! Oh wait hang on, we’re back in reality aren’t we. Yeah 20c. No wonder I nabbed it 😀 I haven’t sewn it yet. It is one of those patterns I’m sure I’ll sew one day. Maybe its time has come.

Let us take a look at the divine details:

A classic knee-length A-line skirt with two small darts in the front. I adore two small sweet darts instead of the usual boring tedious but perfectly serviceably single dart.

The jacket is a delightful length. Waist length, but just long enough no midriff would show as you move around. I have no problem with showing my midriff but I prefer to show it in the context of bellydancing, not so much an everyday context. But, but, but!!! That length of jacket would allow a nice swish of air round the waist. Inbuilt airconditioning is always a bonus in the tropics.

Behold the angled bust dart – I much prefer angled darts at the bust than boring, tedious but perfectly serviceable horizontal bust darts. The angled dart helps shape the waist of a garment without necessarily creating a curved waistline. It looks great on pinafore-style dresses too.

I don’t mind a notched collar. I’m not greatly excited by the pockets, mainly because all I can see of them is an extra few layers of fabric. HOT!!! so I’ll probably leave them off. And I like the sloping shoulders, considering mine are a classic coat-hanger-ish shape that requires more of a slope than most modern patterns have, to fit them properly

I really really like the fact this jacket won’t need a dicky or a camisole to be modest in the cleavage department. I won’t need to move the buttons up, coz believe me, there is no way I’ll be wearing anything under the jacket. That would constitute wearing more than one layer of fabric. HOT. Waaaay to hot.

Speaking of too hot, the sleeves are too long, so I’ll shorten them, and create a little summer suit of the style that I saw so many of in Brisbane’s CBD in summer when I lived there. Suits like these:

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I was, in fact, so in love with these adorable, short-sleeved suits that even though I didn’t work in a fancy office job in Brisbane’s CBD I made my own pantsuit out of a soft sage green ‘tropical’ wool randomly found in a dusty unkempt fabric shop in my local shopping centre. I wore it when I moved back to Darwin, too, because amazingly, that ‘tropical’ wool was cool enough to do so. For the record I used this pattern. So mid-90s! (hey, isn’t that vintage nowadays? ;-D)

I guess I’m trying to recreate that feel of being so put-together yet so well, er, suited, ahem, to the tropics. Having the experience of tropificying a suit pattern already, I feel equal to the task of tropficying my vintage suite pattern too. I’m considering making some trousers as well as the skirt – probably my usual 3/4 length ones, which could look quite cute with a short-sleeved matching jacket. Not sure though… Must think on it.

According to the Vintage Suit sewalong timetable, May is for muslining the suit. I’d better get on with it then!

9 Responses to “Vintage Suit sewalong”

  1. Angela May 9, 2016 at 5:19 am #

    I love this, I think that jacket is going to work well for your climate, I look forward to seeing how it goes…I’m all ready to assemble my toile!


    • Tropical Threads May 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

      I think it will, yeah. Remembering how serviceably the short-sleeved suit outfit I made in Brisbane, I’m really looking forward to having the completed suit, all tropificied.

      Your toile: Wow go you! You’re heaps ahead of me. I’m heading off to your blog to see if you’ve blogged about it!


  2. Josie Brady May 9, 2016 at 6:22 am #

    T I will be interested to see hat is similar to a suit I made in my mid twenties. It makes me feel ancient to have it referred to as ‘vintage’, even though i am also ‘vintage’ these days. However, ‘vintage’ can also be interpreted as an ‘oldie and goody’. I will follow your construction of this garment with interest.


    • Tropical Threads May 9, 2016 at 7:29 pm #

      Oh really? I’d love a photo if you had any. LOL re the vintage. I feel that way when I see the 90s referred to as vintage! Then I see my few grey hairs at my temple and feel all old and venerable. Josie, you’re definitely oldie and goody!

      I’m thinking construction-wise, of trying to pull off a ‘wearable muslin’ out of some gorgeous floral and butterfly fabric, then I get the patterned outfit and the plain grey. Or just go straight for the floral and butterfly. Hmmm, actually I think this needs a lot more thought…


  3. Josie Brady May 9, 2016 at 6:23 am #

    Sorry, there typos there.


  4. Summerflies May 9, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

    I look forward to seeing your suit. I think it is a gorgeous little jacket. The dancing sounds like fun!


    • Tropical Threads May 9, 2016 at 7:26 pm #

      Thanks, yes, that jacket *happy sigh*. And yes to fun with dancing! I’ve been sewing some stuff to wear while teaching. Must blog about them.


  5. Wendy Bayford May 9, 2016 at 5:22 pm #

    What a great little suit pattern I think its going to look wonderful!


    • Tropical Threads May 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm #

      Isn’t it! I’m looking forward to finally sewing it. And wearing it!


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