Sunday, May 31, 2015

Interview Blues

So this is the interview suit that I never wore...


I made my first suit from a glen plaid fabric using Vogue 8209. That jacket/suit worked really well and I got the job. But before I knew that, I started another interview outfit. I added a dress instead of a skirt to this suit combo because it's more comfortable to wear.

Some stats ~
Patterns:
Reworked TNT dress pattern
Vogue 8209 Jacket

Fabric:
Textured Rayon Suiting purchased from Vogue Fashion Fabrics

Notions:
Navy Blue Bemberg Rayon Lining purchased from Low Price Fabrics
Black silk organza from the collection
Navy Blue Rayon Seam Tape
Black fusible interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply
7 - 1" enameled plastic buttons purchased from Fabric Mart
1" shoulder pads from the collection
22" navy invisible zipper
bias binding

There are no new sewing techniques in this outfit. It's basic construction with a lot of steps...a lot of steps!  The first post on how this jacket was constructed is here.  However, sewing an outfit without pressure means that I sew better.  The sleeves are inserted well. No puckers in the sleeve caps especially after I reduced the excess space on the pattern pieces. I also added space to the front so the jacket can close better. 


The dress is a basic sleeveless version of my TNT pattern. I wanted it "plain" so that it would work with anything...the jacket, a cardigan or alone...with or without jewelry. A good workhorse piece that can even be worn at my new job.

In my original post, I included a cotton houndstooth fabric that I was going to make a skirt to coordinate with the jacket. After realizing that I've recently made a navy/white gingham skirt that will go with the jacket, I decided not to sew it any time soon. 

A few more pictures ~




I start my new job on Monday. I'm pretty excited about this new adventure especially since I will be in a different industry, working less hours with a different dress code. So my sewing is definitely going to change now...which is great since most of my "professional" wardrobe no longer fits. 

However, if I ever need an interview outfit again, I'm all set!

...as always more later!




55 comments:

  1. Congrats on the new job - how exciting! Love the suit, the slim new you, and those gorgeous shoes!

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  2. Very chic and oh so elegant and professional looking! You would totally nail the dress code for interviews in this lovely suit too. Just beautiful work!
    and most of all; Congratulations on your new job! *hug*

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  3. Navy blue and pearls! This is where I realize you are on the east coast, though surely I'd be super happy to wear that combination out here on the left hand side. Why we went casual is beyond me.
    All the best for the new career. Go gal go!

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  4. Great looking outfit. Didn't know you were interviewing for a new job. Any details you can share?

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  5. Good luck on your first day. The suit is very elegant.

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  6. Congratulations! How exciting. My Sofie starts a new job on Monday too. We went shopping for new clothes (oops). Hopefully now you will get more time to sew and get to make clothes that you love. Oh, and the suit is great. Just what I need for my professional job.

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  7. Congratulations! And I'm pleased to hear you'll be working fewer hours, your job before sounded like a killer. I was always impressed you managed to sew at all. Lovely suit. I'm sure both pieces will come in very handy together or separately. You look great on it.

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  8. Congratulations and good Luck with the new job Carolyn, you certainly look great. Look forward to hearing about how you get on.

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  9. You navy blue suit is one of the best and you look awesome! Congrats on your new job and especially working less hours.

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  10. Congratulations on your new job. The suit is beautiful.

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  11. This outfit looks really sharp. So amazing. Congrats on the new job!! :o)

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  12. Lovely suit and Congrats on the new job.

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  13. I always read your posts with a big smile on my face, but rarely comment...just had to congratulate you on a beautiful outfit (they're all beautiful) and the excitement of a new career adventure. I am looking forward to seeing the changes to your work wardrobe.

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  14. Congrats on the new job. Enjoy the new venture. Looking forward to seeing your new style develope..

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  15. Congratulations and wow re the new job!! Knock 'em read tomorrow!

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  16. Congratulations on your new job! I'm happy to hear that the dress code is more relaxed; it will be wonderful to sew, and wear, a wardrobe that better matches your own personality. Lovely suit; killer shoes!

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  17. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

    So happy for you and your new gig. And yay for better work-life balance!

    Your suit is gorgeous. :)

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  18. Fabulous suit ! Best of luck on your new adventure !

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  19. Fabulous suit and congrats on your new job. Glad you will be working less hours and I hope with less stress.

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  20. Congratulations! And that suit is gorgeous.

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  21. Faithful reader here although I rarely comment. Just wanted to say Congrats! I hope it makes your life more balanced and can't wait to see what you get to wear now!

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  22. Love your dress and the shoes is to die for only I can't walking in them.

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  23. Nice suit. Congratulations on your new job. I was happy to hear that you'll be working less hours which means more time for sewing - yippee!

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  24. Congratulations for your new job.
    I relly like the dress. Plain but so elegant.

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  25. congratulations on the new job! Fewer hours sounds great; more sewing time for you!

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  26. Perfect outfit for interview and good to have in the wardrobe. Looks great. Congrats on the new job.

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  27. no wonder you got the job you look uuuuber professional - congratulations and good luck on your first day.

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  28. Carolyn, this is definitely a great interview (or just in general) suit! I love the details on the jacket and you were so right to keep the dress simple! "less work hours"? ABSOLUTELY yes! That's something I hears so much in the sewing community that keeps us from our passion (including me!!). Congratulations on the new job!

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  29. Congratulations! Lovely suit.

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  30. Your outfit is beautiful! Classic...you'll have it forever. Congratulations on the new job. What industry did you go to? Always look forward to seeing your posts, more so than any others.

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  31. Love this outfit. I love that you followed through with finishing it. They will both be great workhorse pieces in your wardrobe. Congrats on the new job. Looking forward to hearing more about it and seeing how your sewing changes. g

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  32. Congratulations Carolyn on the new job!!! Nice interview suit. We all should have at least one interview suit.

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  33. Beautiful suit! Best of luck on your new job.

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  34. That suit is so chic. Like it came from a high end department store. Congrats on the new job.

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  35. It’s a beautiful thing: your new outfit, your new job and career, and You!

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  36. What is your new job?? I'm so happy for you

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  37. Carolyn, congrats on your new job! Love the blue suit and the mules are gorge!

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  38. Congrats on your new job.. Wish you the best.. Love the new suit. Looks wonderful on you.

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  39. Congratulation on the new job!. A new dress code.That will be an interesting change. That happened in my workplace and took me a while to adjust. It will be interesting to hear about your experience.

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  40. Congrats on the new job--and the new look. Happy Monday!

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  41. Congrats on the new job. Really look forward to seeing the new work wardrobe.

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  42. I hope the new job goes well and that you will enjoy wearing this outfit. When I do interviews I often become very conservative in my choices but this dress and jacket combo allow so many opportunities for creating great outfits. Nice work.

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  43. Great suit. You do have yourself some great staple pieces. Congratulations on your new adventure.

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  44. Congratulations on your new job and I look forward to seeing the new work wardrobe.

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  45. Congratulations on the new job! I didn't know you were looking. I changed jobs recently myself, completely different hours and a M-F job I've never had before. I love the suit, love it. Will you still be in the same area, work wise? I know it was a long commute, but handy for me since I like to stay in that vicinity in NYC. I'm starting to think about a NYC long weekend, will connect with you when I decide and hopefully we can hook up again! Note to self: ask new job today what I need to do to get time off. :) K

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  46. Congratulations on your new job! I can't wait to see what direction your wardrobe takes!

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  47. I love navy especially in a suit!! You look great in this outfit Carolyn and congrats on the new job!

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  48. Congratulations on your new role! It is a very flattering and versatile suit style, and I love the shoes!!

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  49. I'm so happy for you and your new role. Well done.

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  50. You are all business in this suit and ready for your new job. Congratulations on the new position. You certainly look the part: confident, well dressed, and beautiful.

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  51. Congratulations on the new job. Hopefully you won't need this outfit as an interview suit, but both pieces can still have a useful place in your closet, I think a dress/jacket combo is so chic.

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  52. Congratulations on your new job! I'm excited for you that you get to wear (and therefore, sew) more casual, colorful clothes!

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  53. This is so super cute! I love the idea of a suit made of a jacket and dress- I don't like wearing a jacket and skirt, because I hate tucking in tops! They look great together and they'll be great separates, too. Awesome job!!!

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  54. Congratulations on the new job!

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