I attended the Marin Symphony’s Mahler program this Tuesday. Guess what that means . . . time to play dress up!
After a couple of hours attempting to finish Vogue 1136 Monday evening, I took a deep breath and realized that I have a closet full of clothes that are suitable for an evening at the symphony. Not to mention, I enjoy the sewing process, and rushing through something when it is not absolutely necessary is just silly! Instead of doing a shoddy job, I put the pins and fabric away and looked in the closet.
This suit is one of the first vintage reproductions I ever attempted, and certainly the first structured suit I ever sewed. The fabric is from the upholstery section at JoAnn Fabrics and is therefore quite stiff and heavy. There are a few fitting issues. The bound buttonholes are a bit embarrassing. And I probably should have padded out or used an interfacing with more body for the jacket hips – I may not have used any interfacing at all – bad, bad seamstress. I did manage to match stripes at the shoulders, though.
I actually love this suit because it is a clear representation of how far my sewing has come in six years. (I know that I finished the suit in 2005 because I am a complete dork and keep a diary of pattern numbers, start and finish dates, along with swatches and notations of any alterations made for all the sewing and knitting I do.)
At work, someone told me that I remind him of a film noir character! Rita Hayworth, Barbara Stanwick, and Lana Turner, oh my! I will definitely take that as a compliment. It is so much better than the response I got from my boss, D: “what are you wearing?” After ten years, he certainly knows what to expect with regards to my wardrobe, so I have to assume he is doing it just to irritate me.
And yes, the Symphony was fantastic!
Suit: Made by me, Vintage Vogue 2339, Original 1948 Design.
Fishnets: Simply Vera by Vera Wang for Kohls.
Hat: Made by me.
Shoes: Via Spiga “Unit” in Black Suede.
Necklace: Made by me.
Ring: My grandfather’s high school ring.