I’ve been wanting to make a warm-weather suit since the spring, but this month I finally hunkered down and made it!
I found an elegant pants-weight navy cotton twill at Mood Fabrics that fit the bill perfectly: it’s lightweight but sturdy enough for tailoring. The cotton has a herringbone weave that sets it apart from standard diagonal twill fabric. (You can see Mood’s selection of cotton twill fabrics here.)
The suit has a poly half lining (drawn from my stash) and minimal interfacing to keep things casual and lightweight.
I picked up my genuine horn buttons at Mood too. (Check out their excellent selection of classic horn buttons here.)
For the jacket I used a vintage men’s jacket pattern from 1969, Simplicity 8368. The pants are a variation on in-print Kwik Sew 3504.
I am going to get a lot of use out of this suit: it’s a classic I can wear as long as the weather permits. I can also pair the jacket with other pants.
Making a suit requires quite a bit of hand sewing. In addition to the lining, there are hems and cuffs and shoulder pads which must be finished or inserted by hand. Hand sewing is time-consuming and not my strength (nor pleasure), but I am getting better at it.
Now that it’s finished, I am delighted to have a lightweight suit option in my wardobe.
Anybody else out there wearing suits this summer?
Thanks for reading!