After making the Vogue 9220 dress, I realized that I really didn't want to spend Sunday trying to race through a dress/jacket combo to come up with another outfit for work. That's when I thought of the black linen pants that were still languishing on my to be sewn list.
I have this black midwt linen jacket that I made at least 7 or 8 years ago. It was made during the longer jacket phase and occasionally I pair it with a short black linen skirt for these corporate meetings but I just wasn't feeling it this time. So I got the idea to shorten the jacket just a little and add the black pants to make a new pantsuit for this week.
the myspace bathroom shot!
The pants are made from my TNT pants pattern and are unlined. There is nuthin new about them. They truly were lay them down, cut them out and sew them up. However, it does get one more item off the list and into the closet.
The jacket took about as long to adjust. I cut the sleeve hems off at the hemline because they were dragging and bothering me. Then I measured up another inch and a quarter for the hem, making them bracelet length. The edges were serged, rayon seam tape sewn to the hem and after pressing and hand hemming them, the sleeves were adjusted.
I really wanted to change the hem on the jacket by two inches. But due to the button placement, I settled on an inch.
Since the jacket is unlined, I undid the hem...opened the facings up and sewed another inch from the previous seam. Cut the excess out...pinned up and then pressed the new hem. Another hand stitched hem and I was done.
It's not a huge change on the hemline but it feels different. Changing the sleeve length definitely helps with the new feel of the jacket and I'll add a white tank and some pearl jewelry to make it a work outfit.
Here's the "new" pantsuit (with hair & makeup!):
It was the perfect solution for my meeting needs and a relaxed Sunday afternoon of sewing. And since the black linen dress is cut out, I will work on that next weekend or the following one. I need to get busy on my version of B5147 - since August 13th is suppose to be the deadline for the sew-along.
Oh, can I share one more thing with you. Because I like to sleep as long as possible in the mornings, I pick out and iron all of my clothing during the weekend. Here is a shot of the outfits hanging and waiting to be worn for this week:
I know...I know but there is no standing in front of the closet in the morning, wasting time, wondering what to wear! *smile*
...as always, more later!