Better late than never!

12:45 AM

As you see, I didn't make it in time for the Mini-Wardrobe Contest. I figured I wouldn't. This suit was just not an afternoon project.

Project Details:

Pattern: Vogue 1053- Montana
Fabric: Dupioni Silk
Lining: Rayon Challis & China Silk
One pair of 1/2" shoulder pads, twelve 5/8" buttons, two hook & eye closures, 7" zipper.

Description: Fitted, partially interfaced lined jacket with welt pockets and flaps, princess seams, front inset button closing, two-piece sleeves with button vents. Semi-fitted pants with front fly closing, side front pockets and below waistline fit with button carriers.

This jacket is cut just like any basic princess seam jacket. I needed to make a 1" FBA on the jacket and facing pieces. That was the only alteration to the pattern I needed to make. Suprisingly, I didn't have to lengthen the sleeves.

All of the jacket pieces (except the sleeves) are interfaced. The jacket has welt pockets. I decided that mine would be "faux" pockets. I omitted the pocket bags because I can not recall a time I have ever used pockets on a suit jacket.

I decided I would use a print for my lining. Unfortunately on short notice, I couldn't find a silk type of fabric that I liked. I did however discover a rayon challis print that would really coordinate with my wardrobe colors. I used black china silk for the sleeves... for the slide factor. I used keyhole buttonholes on the faux vest inset and I think they turned out very nicely... a lot better than I see on some RTW. The jacket also has 2-piece sleeves with a three-button vent. The entire edge of jacket is topstitched 1/8" from the edge. The hem of the jacket and sleeves were both interfaced for stability.

The pants are a basic trouser. The only alteration I made to them was lengthening by six inches. If not, the original 30" inseam would have been a capri pant on me. These pants have side pockets with a tab closure. They have a real fly front! I love a real fly... just like on men's trousers. They have a plain darted back, and my favorite part are the tab carriers. I really love this suit. I have planned on doing a few suits between now and the end of the year, just to add to my wardrobe. This isn't just a plain suit... it has pizazz and it's a fantastic addition. It's too unique to have more than one, so this will be it for this pattern.

Claude Montana
is known for his figure-hugging designs, and this is certainly one!

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