Friday, February 28, 2014

I'm in a Tweedy Mood in Chi-Beria



I'm so happy to showcase my first Mood Sewing Network project.  As I perused the online fabric store, my thoughts were racing.  There were so many possibilities.  The online fabric choices are endless.  It was hard to settle and pick one project AND one fabric to make something special for myself.  Finally, I decided on a purple tweed and a rasberry pink poly charmeuse to make Vogue's Badgley Mischka suit.  This has been on my to-make list for over two years.




With the polar vortex back in Chiberia (Chicago), I can hardly believe that Spring is less than a month away.  This suit will be in rotation for at least three months.  So I made a great choice when I paired the pattern with this beautiful fabric. Tweed is often described as a rough, woolen cloth.  This one is actually soft and supple.  The natural fibers make it easy to sew, shape, and press.  It was a dream to work with.  Charmeuse was the perfect complement to the tweed.  I lined both garments with it and used it to make the seam binding. With the Charmeuse lining and the supple Tweed fabrics together, the garments move smoothly as you wear them, adjusting fairly easily to unexpected activities like clambering over snowbanks.


This pattern is rated average.  That is a fair assessment.   The original pattern calls for the jacket to be unlined. But there are some details that make this suit stand out. The pronounced collar helps to soften the contours of someone with boxy shoulders like mine, and give the jacket a more regal air.  The straight shape of the sleeves, curve into the armhole and back area to create a different design line in the jacket.  The bound seams give it a polished and sophisticated touch.




I spent several hours making this suit.  But none of the construction techniques were difficult.   The seam binding takes a bit of time and patience to complete.  In the end, the jacket is beautiful inside and out.   I decided to make bound buttonholes and underline it to complete the polished look.  The facing and the hem of the fully lined skirt are bound as well.  And the invisible zipper completes the smooth exterior.


After I put the jacket together, I noticed the placement of the last buttonhole seemed a little low.  I referred back to the pattern envelope to see if this was consistent with the photographed jacket.  It was.  I decided to lower the hem 1/2 inch and it looked better to me. 

I used a sizes 14/16 adjustment based on my fitting needs.  Of course, I made my usual FBA and prominent shoulder blade alteration adding a few inches to the length of the skirt and sleeves.

  

I am pleased with the outcome of this project and am ready for the next.  The suit wears well.  The fabric is not scratchy and does not constrain.  Movement is effortless. 

Next review:  The blouse from Vogue 1127.

Happy Sewing!
Cennetta



17 comments:

  1. gorgeous suit and what a great fabric and color on you.

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  2. This is so, so perfect! I really love it! It's so chic and stylish, fits you perfectly, and looks CRAZY expensive, like it came from a store I'd be afraid to set foot in!

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  3. This is absolutely stunning! Love how this turned out!!!

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  4. What a gorgeous color! All of it is just beautiful.

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  5. Fabulous! Mood made a very good choice when they asked you to be a part of the Mood network.

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  6. Pretty! Love your first Mood project. Was sorry to see Carolyn go but you are a worthy replacement! ChiBeria! LOL! I was thinking more like Chicartica! LOL!!! Next Mood project should be a bomber jacket with matching hat, ski mask and mittens!

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  7. Beautiful suit, just gorgeous.

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  8. What a gorgeous color on you, Cenetta! Beautiful suit and thanks for the smile fueled by Chi-beria! When will it ever end?

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  9. Another beautiful look. What a great way to start on the MSN. Well done.

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  10. You look lovely in this fabulous suit! The color is so spring-like that it’s a foil for its warmth.

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  11. Congrats! As one of the people I followed when I bought my first machine, I couldn't be happier. The suit and color choice is amazing!

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  12. You look great! Nice job with this pattern. Lovely fabric.

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  13. You look stunning in this color, and in your impeccably made new suit. Love it! Did you make the darker purple overcoat you are wearing in one picture? Gorgeous combo!

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  14. Thanks everyone, I'll post the review on the blouse next.

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  15. I know you'll be happy when winter is finally over. Chicago winters are brutal, but nobody could tell by looking at your ensemble. You certainly weather the storm in style. Love the way you paired that lavender suit with the purple coat.

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  16. OMG, the suit looks AMAZING!!! Love everything about it, the style lines, the color, the fabrics,... Now I really must get this pattern!!!

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