Purple Tweed Suit

Women's suit made with purple tweed from MoodFabrics.com.

 

Women's suit made with purple tweed from MoodFabrics.com.

I’m so happy to showcase my first Mood Sewing Network project.  As I perused the online fabric store, my thoughts were racing.  There were so many possibilities.  The online fabric choices are endless.  It was hard to settle and pick one project AND one fabric to make something special for myself.  Finally, I decided on a purple tweed and a rasberry pink poly charmeuse to make Vogue’s Badgley Mischka suit.  This has been on my to-make list for over two years.

Women's suit made with purple tweed from MoodFabrics.com.

 

Women's suit made with purple tweed from MoodFabrics.com.

With the polar vortex back in Chiberia (Chicago), I can hardly believe that Spring is less than a month away.  This suit will be in rotation for at least three months.  So I made a great choice when I paired the pattern with this beautiful fabric. Tweed is often described as a rough, woolen cloth.  This one is actually soft and supple.  The natural fibers make it easy to sew, shape, and press.  It was a dream to work with.  Charmeuse was the perfect complement to the tweed.  I lined both garments with it and used it to make the seam binding. With the charmeuse lining and the supple tweed fabrics together, the garments move smoothly as you wear them, adjusting fairly easily to unexpected activities like clambering over snowbanks.

Women's suit made with purple tweed from MoodFabrics.com.

This pattern is rated average.  That is a fair assessment.   The original pattern calls for the jacket to be unlined. But there are some details that make this suit stand out. The pronounced collar helps to soften the contours of someone with boxy shoulders like mine, and give the jacket a more regal air.  The straight shape of the sleeves, curve into the armhole and back area to create a different design line in the jacket.  The bound seams give it a polished and sophisticated touch.

Women's suit made with purple tweed from MoodFabrics.com.

 

Women's suit made with purple tweed from MoodFabrics.com.

I spent several hours making this suit.  But none of the construction techniques were difficult.   The seam binding takes a bit of time and patience to complete.  In the end, the jacket is beautiful inside and out.   I decided to make bound buttonholes and underline it to complete the polished look.  The facing and the hem of the fully lined skirt are bound as well.  And the invisible zipper completes the smooth exterior.

After I put the jacket together, I noticed the placement of the last buttonhole seemed a little low.  I referred back to the pattern envelope to see if this was consistent with the photographed jacket.  It was.  I decided to lower the hem 1/2 inch and it looked better to me.

I used a sizes 14/16 adjustment based on my fitting needs.  Of course, I made my usual FBA and prominent shoulder blade alteration adding a few inches to the length of the skirt and sleeves.

Women's suit made with purple tweed from MoodFabrics.com.

I am pleased with the outcome of this project and am ready for the next.  The suit wears well.  The fabric is not scratchy and does not constrain.  Movement is effortless.

 

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Comments


  • Peter
    February 26, 2014

    Beautiful job. I love the elegant lines of the suit and all the fine details, like bound buttonholes, really take to the next level (as they say). It looks great on you!

  • Cennetta
    February 26, 2014

    Thanks, Peter.

  • Wanett
    February 26, 2014

    Gorgeous!! Just beautiful! Love that color on you.

    • Cennetta
      February 26, 2014

      Thanks, Wanett. The photos don’t do it justice.

  • Ginger
    February 26, 2014

    Wow, what a lovely suit! The color is great on you, and it looks so refined and polished, but also trendy! Absolutely love this look!

    • Cennetta
      February 26, 2014

      Hi Ginger,
      I appreciate your compliment.
      C

  • Janine
    February 26, 2014

    I just love your choices in this project, from pattern, fabric, to finally technique, this is a job well done!

  • Cennetta
    February 26, 2014

    Thanks, Janine. It was a labor of love.

  • Sandra Cunningham
    February 26, 2014

    Lovely suit. I have that pattern in my stash as well and it looks great on you. Great job, love the added touch of the binding.

    • Cennetta
      February 26, 2014

      Thanks, Sandra. The binding is a very nice detail. I plan to do more in future projects.

  • Lori
    February 26, 2014

    Gorgeous job, Cenetta. It is a beautiful suit and all your details are pefect.

    • Cennetta
      February 26, 2014

      Thanks, Lori.

  • Pam
    February 26, 2014

    Wow! What a knockout suit! I would love to make a suit as polished as yours — and I’m crazy for tweed. Fantastic job and I like your tip about the shoulders.

    • Cennetta
      February 26, 2014

      The construction techniques aren’t difficult, and you won’t be disappointed with the results. Mood has a great selection of tweed fabrics to choose from. Thanks for your lovely compliment.

  • sallie
    February 26, 2014

    Simply breathtaking!! What a lady-like and oh-so-chic suit! I absolutely love the lilac color on you, simply incredible! And all the gorgeous finishing touches, like the seam binding and bound buttonholes make this such a special ensemble – one that will stand the test of time!

    • Cennetta
      February 26, 2014

      I love the polished look of the bound seams and buttonholes.

  • BeaJay
    February 26, 2014

    Stunning suit and looks fabulous with your coat and boots.

  • Lauren
    February 26, 2014

    Regal is exactly the adjective I’d use to describe how you look in this suit. Regal, and amazing! I really love all the special details you added, and the finishing suit looks stunning on you. That purple tweed is so so yummy.

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 26, 2014

    Your suit is splendid! What a color for you – p e r f e c t ! The extra details (buttonholes, jacket lining) you provided were well warranted for this winning ensemble. Love it 🙂

  • Chris
    February 26, 2014

    wow! super-gorgeous on you…

  • Elle
    February 27, 2014

    Elegant and lovely!

  • oonaballoona
    February 27, 2014

    the color, the finishing, the collar– everything!! beautiful!!!

  • Amanda S.
    February 27, 2014

    Lovely color and fit! Great job!

  • Virginia's Daughter
    February 27, 2014

    Oh this is just so FABULOUS! I love this pattern and you’ve made it up quite nicely! So chic yet professional and looks so easy and comfortable to wear! Love it!

  • toy
    February 27, 2014

    Fabulous, great spring color combo, I love it!

  • Diana
    February 27, 2014

    Wow! What a showstopper you created for your first garment for Mood. It’s beautiful as is the fabric. I’ve always coveted that patternand love how it looks on you.

  • Mary Danielson
    February 27, 2014

    So very elegant. I love this suit, Cenetta! The shape looks amazing on you and color choice is fantastic. Lovely!

  • Janet
    March 1, 2014

    Love to see you posting on Mood! Great colour, so retro, but modern and elegant.

  • Mary
    March 2, 2014

    Lovely outfit. Great job. Mary

  • fangaroni
    March 4, 2014

    So fun! I love all the purple!! I own the pattern but only got around to making the top, your beautiful suit is really inspiring me to try the rest out!

  • June
    March 5, 2014

    a beautiful suit and gorgeous fabric, all you need is the perfect hat and you’re ready for Easter Sunday…

  • MB@YarnUiPhoneApp
    March 6, 2014

    A fellow Chiberian loves your suit. So pretty…and it will work into spring as we thaw out.

    • Cennetta
      March 7, 2014

      Thanks so much for the lovely compliment. I’m glad you like my new suit. Being a fellow Chiberian, you can totally relate to my feelings about the cold winter we are experiencing. Burrrr..,

  • Cennetta
    March 7, 2014

    To everyone who has left me a comment. Thank you for your kind and warm welcome to the Mood family. I’m happy you like my first Mood Sewing Network project. I look forward to sharing my future projects with you and hope that you are inspired to try new sewing techniques using Mood fabrics. The quality of the fabric will certainly add to the quality of the garment. You won’t be disappointed.

    Thank you again and I hope to post another project soon.

    Cennetta