Sunday, May 25, 2014

Updating an Outfit

I'm seeing a lot of seersucker this spring! I like seersucker alot.  It's a cool fabric that's available in loads of color and seems to scream easy breezy summer days.  I made this outfit back in 2007...


...and recently thought about it again. I was moving clothing around in the closet today and found this suit in the back of it.  As I touched it, I thought it would be great if it had a matching straight skirt. Giving me a new suit for work this summer.

A trip through the fabric collection and I realized that there were still 2 yards of the fabric left. So using my TNT elastic waist skirt pattern, I whipped up an unlined version to go with the jacket.



The skirt took about an hour to make.  It has two side seams, a back seam with a vent and 1" non-roll elastic in the waistline casing. Oh and I pressed the hem up with stitch witchery, no sewing because I didn't want the line of stitching across the bottom. Seriously easy.  I whipped this up while my grandson sat and watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the sewing cave with me...y'know the theme song is running through my head now and it will take forever to get out of my mind...anyway, finishing it off means that I now have a great new outfit for work with a minimum amount of effort.






The grandchildren and their Mom are here tonight and tomorrow. Sammy just turned four months...isn't she gorgeous?! She really reminds me of the Little Prince when he was that age...



...and another picture of me from the vault...


Here I am pregnant with my third daughter and her two sisters.
I was 30 wearing a Me-Made maternity dress.
(BTW, Sammy's mother is the baby on the side of the chair!)

Finally, I have pictures of the lavender dress and will share them next.

...as always more later!




43 comments:

  1. I remember loving that ensemble when I first saw it about a year ago (archived), now I am in love all over again with it as a skirt suit. Sammy is beautiful and looks a lot like the Prince.

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  2. You look very professional and comfortable in this suit. Perfect for wearing to work in the summertime.

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  3. I too love seersucker!!! I have a peplum top and pants almost finished...I hope to blog about it soon. Your granddaughter is adorable.

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  4. That is one very seriously cute, cute baby!

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  5. My grandson is into Mutant Ninja Turtles as well and now he even has a green turtle back pack. Your granddaughter is definitely gorgeous! Lucky you to have them with you for a visit.
    As for the sewing, I love the outfit. The jacket looks great with your new skirt.

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  6. Very lovely family photos, Caroline. I have noticed seersucker in my local fabric store, and wondered about a comeback. Certainly remember it from last time round, and the time before, and the green seersucker dress I made back in the 1960s :)

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  7. I love the seersucker and how crisp it looks! Love the pics, too!

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  8. Great way to update a suit and love the seersucker. Beautiful pic from the vault and your drand daughter is too precious.

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  9. She is a cutie. Great suit, it is perfect for the upcoming weather.

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  10. Very cute baby! And I love the 'photos from the vault'!

    Your skirt is lovely - what a perfect way to update your suit!

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  11. What a great idea to add the skirt!!!! it looks fabulous!!!!! the back is so nice with that little vent! That baby girl is a dolly!!!!!

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  12. Great looking summer suit. Got to love seersucker. What gorgeous grandbabies you have and I am really enjoying the blasts from the past.

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  13. Oh I'd love to get my hands on that little sweetie pie!!!!!!! So cute!

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  14. Another well-constructed garment in the repertoire. You seem to have fun sewing in the company of the grandchildren and others. Have a lovely holiday with your family and the very beautiful addition!

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  15. I love seersucker! I like the suit the best with the skirt.

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  16. It looks really good. I never thought about using stitch witchery

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  17. Love your new ensemble! You do have beautiful grandchildren, and I am also enjoying your blasts from the past:)

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  18. I love your outfit. You look so professional. Cute, cute baby.

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  19. This is a great skirt - I can't believe you really, really went easy breezy! Nice job. g

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  20. Sammy is a beautiful baby!!!

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  21. Think "tell me when will you be mine?, tell me Quando, Quando, Quando"
    Should eliminate all other songs from your mind. If not, think of the "ma na ma na" song from the muppets..

    I'm sorry!

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  22. PS the clothing and family shots are ace!

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  23. Lovely photos!! Sammy is just soooo cute! And I love the vintage photo - you look so pretty and happy :). Searsucker is not a fabric you often see here in Australia, not sure why. I remember making a dress in it back in the early 80's but that is it. Your "new" suit looks fresh.

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  24. That grand baby is adorable :) She has such a sweet face. Love the seersucker outfit.

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  25. Wow that seersucker outfit is really nice and has me drooling over here for some seersucker! Now that's what I call inspiration! Sammy is so precious!

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  26. What a sweetie-pie! And what a gorgeous little head of hair Sammy has!

    Great update on the suit. The jacket's open neckline is very attractive on you.

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  27. these blasts from the past are my favorite thing ever.

    beautiful princess, and beautiful "refashion"!

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  28. As a Southerner, seersucker is the official warm weather fabric. Love this! And I could eat that baby girl up!

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  29. I really like your final look. I also like Stitch Witchery for hems!!! Best thing ever! And Sammy is an adorable baby!

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  30. Oh she is GORGEOUS! Soooo adorable!

    Love the suit! It looks cool, comfortable and chic.

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  31. You need a fetching straw hat with the seersucker, spectator heels optional.

    I am sure it never gets old to hear: your grandchild is adorable! Excellent work, lady!

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  32. As always - you look great! I am wanting to make a skirt/dress - you are inspiring me.

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  33. Nice outfit. I'm almost positive this tip came from Lladybird. She said to use seersucker for your ironing board cover. It is the best fabric for holding the heat.

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  34. Love me some seersucker and baby cord too. Your baby is a doll!

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  35. You are so correct, seersucker feels good to the touch and so cool for summer. Your granddaughter is precious and I love the photo of the "vault"

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  36. Great idea adding to your seersucker choices. Your granddaughter is precious and such a cutie.

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  37. Oh this is a great example of re-fashioning!! Lovely and it looks great on you. Thank you for the tip bout stitch wichery. I would have never thought of that. But its a splendid idea.

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  38. Damn! Good looks run in your family!!! A seersucker skirt is a fabulous summer piece- good thinking! I have a RTW one that's been in my closet for 5 or 6 years, and I pull it out on the hottest days every year.

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  39. Love the look. You're so good! Hour skirt? No prob!

    You guys are a handsome family indeed!

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  40. Seersucker is a great summer fabric. You look cool, confident, and comfortable. Perfect combination for summer. Love the vault pictures and the new baby is preciously adorable. You must be beaming with joy each time you see her pretty face.

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  41. Love the seersucker. Sammy is gorgeous - as is the photo of you with your girls. Beautiful family.

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  42. Love the family photos..... and the skirt! So nice to be able to create a new suit in an hour :)

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