Menswear Suiting for Fall

This month’s garment is a combination of menswear suiting and wool crepe.

wool suitng color block dress

A dress (yes another dress!) that works with my style aesthetic and the corporate dress code that governs my days…oh and most importantly I’m sewing fall now.  Yes, I know that there are still lovely summer breezes blowing and days full of heat and humidity…but every fashion magazine is telling me it’s fall…and quite frankly this year I actually want to sew fall early.

So with two things in mind (designer interpretation and fall fashions) I went to the mens’ suiting department on the upper floor of the Mood NYC store.  I love this area.  It’s been set apart and set up like you’re walking into a men’s haberdashery.  The fabric is very appealingly placed and I’ve been looking for a reason to sew something from this area of the store.  Moodfabrics.com has a plethora of suiting in wool solids and plaids, if you’re looking for a suiting to sew your first fall garment.

I picked a subtle lightweight wool plaid suiting and a vivid lightweight blue wool crepe.  The blue of the wool crepe highlights the blue in the suiting.

wool suitng color block dress

…and I used my TNT dress which is my basic work dress silhouette.  Construction details can be found in this post…cause you have to take care when sewing plaids to insure that they match…even when you only match a side and back seam.

wool suitng color block dress

…a side view to show the blue side of the dress and sleeve.

 

wool suitng color block dress

I added some striped piping to the dress’ neckline and sleeve hems, to add a dash of interesting to my basic dress…

wool suitng color block dress

 

wool suitng color block dress

I made the short sleeves reflect the front fabric…gray sleeve cut on the bias for the suiting side and blue wool crepe for the blue side…

wool suitng color block dress

…especially since the back is the solid plaid fabric…

wool suitng color block dress

I love looking down the front of the dress to see the two fabrics working together…

wool suitng color block dress

There are two things that are important about this dress.

1.  It’s my first fall dress

2.  This dress is all about the fabric

I can’t wait for the first cool fall day to wear this dress.  It’s not flashy, just a little fashion forward, a perfect dress for my conservative and very corporate work place.  So while I know that these are the last balmy days of summer…I’m definitely sewing fall now!

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Comments


  • Angela
    August 20, 2013

    I like this one! Really pretty. I might start sewing for fall now :) I might even do something like this. I love the blue. It is just so pretty. I might try it with black piping. What fun. You are giving me a lot of fun ideas for fall!!!

    • Carolyn
      August 21, 2013

      Angela – I’m so glad that you want to make your own version of this and I say go for it! As for sewing fall, I’m just so thrilled with all the new pieces that I HAVE to sew fall so why not join me!

  • Manju
    August 20, 2013

    Oooh Carolyn that is a very smart dress. Love the colour/ fabric combos and the cute piping really adds a little wow. Great job!

    • Carolyn
      August 21, 2013

      Manju – thanks! I was a little concerned about the piping but it does play nicely with the menswear plaid doesn’t it?!

  • Ginger
    August 20, 2013

    Ahhh, this is so fun! The blue really adds to the plaid– great choice! I’m still sort of in denial about fall and don’t really want to stop sewing summer clothes yet!

    • Carolyn
      August 21, 2013

      I hear you about the summer sewing. In past years I’ve been right there with you, but this year, I really am ready to sew fall!

  • Erica B.
    August 20, 2013

    Great fabric selection! And the color blocking is gorgeous!

    • Carolyn
      August 21, 2013

      Thanks Erica!

  • oonaballoona
    August 20, 2013

    i love that combo and especially that sexy color panel placement! this is soooooo pretty on you. (i want to say classy. but i sound weird saying classy.)

    also, if you want a reason to visit the mood haberdashery again, you can totally make ruggy a tailored suit! YOU’RE WELCOME.

    • Carolyn
      August 21, 2013

      LOL – if ruggy needs a suit you better get right on that! Cause I don’t tailor and I don’t do menswear! *LOL*

  • Lauren
    August 20, 2013

    Ooooh, the color of that wool crepe is just DELICIOUS. Looks great with the plaid suiting! I love how this is fashion forward but still totally works in a conservative environment. Perfect balance!

    • Carolyn
      August 21, 2013

      Thanks Lauren! I’m so glad you think it strikes the perfect balance because that’s what I was aiming for!

  • Mae Wilson
    August 20, 2013

    I seldom comment, because everyone has already said what I’m thinking, but this time I just have to add to the general opinion on this dress. L.O.V.E. I have a feeling I’m not going to be the only one copying your dress. I promise not to wear it in North America!

    • Carolyn
      August 21, 2013

      Mae – first thanks for loving the dress! Second, copy away!

  • Dei
    August 20, 2013

    Lovely. The finishing details are great. Love the punch of color.

    • Carolyn
      August 21, 2013

      Dei – it’s great to “see” you here! And thanks for liking the dress! The blue wool crepe really does make the dress sing, right?

  • Sarah Gunn
    August 20, 2013

    Great color and fabric combo, Carolyn! Sporty but great business attire all in one – love the striped neckline piping!

    • Carolyn
      August 21, 2013

      Thanks Sarah! I’m always trying to add some spice to my work attire without crossing that conservative line!

  • Lori
    August 20, 2013

    This is such a pretty dress and the combination of the plaid and wool crepe is gorgeous. Perfect for work with a fun fashion edge. Fantastic.

    • Carolyn
      August 21, 2013

      Thanks Lori! I’m thinking about making this up again. I wasn’t so sure about it when it was first finished but now I’m liking it better!

  • Wanett
    August 21, 2013

    You look great in blues!! I love the contrasting fabric and I really love menswear fabrics. Great look!!

    PS- This is the first year that I’m thinking ahead, too. Planning outerwear, already!

    • Carolyn
      August 21, 2013

      Thanks Wanett! I’m sewing fall not winter, girl! *LOL* I always think of coats as winter but I guess now is as good a time to start. At least they would be done when you really needed them!

  • Lise Neely
    August 21, 2013

    Very clever use of menswear fabrics – I like it a lot!

  • Carolyn
    August 21, 2013

    Lise – thank you. I had to come up with some way to use the fabric without having to sew for a man! ;)

  • Kay
    August 21, 2013

    It is so pretty. You done a fabulous job on it. I love the piping.

  • Karin
    August 21, 2013

    This is a great dress.that
    suits yuo perfce !

  • Amy
    August 21, 2013

    I love the pop of blue! You really did your inspiration dress proud with this one. And, I always get so excited when anyone who can actually visit Mood writes about their experiences shopping in the actual store. One of these days…

  • Amanda S.
    August 26, 2013

    Very fun! I think I will have to copy this awesome color combo!