Wednesday, June 19, 2013

McCall's 8813 Suit: Finished


My suit is finally done. I was waiting for some good weather to take pictures outside but it doesn't look like that's going to happen any time soon (it's meant to snow tomorrow), so inside photos will have to do.



I've written a bit about the construction of the jacket in the previous posts, so I'll spare you any more about that. The skirt was pretty easy to sew. I tapered the bottom in a few inches because I don't like straight skirts.

I really should make some sort of effort to change my facial expression between photos

I lined the skirt in a black satin from my stash that someone had given me, because I didn't have enough of the fabric I used to line the jacket. In fact, almost everything I used for this suit was from my stash and/or second hand. 

I look surprised, probably because I managed to make a suit. 

Hat: Saltaire Vintage Fair
Hatpin: I made it
Suit: I made it
Vanity case: Sumner Street Fair
Shoes: Op shopped
Tights: Columbine (still made in NZ)
Gloves: From the dressing up box we had as kids. They probably belonged to my grandma.



I took this photo with the flash on. It gives a better idea of the actual colour. It's not as dark green as it looks in the pictures above.

My hair is always messy at the back...and at the front, but more so at the back. 
Here's one of the hatpins I made in action on the hat I was wearing.

45 comments:

  1. It looks wonderful! Well done you!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Ohh I love it, you look super chic and put together. The colour is great too, I love that foresty green. I love vintage suits but it is so hard to find ones that fit well. Columbine tights are the best and the only ones I buy. I got four pair of the lovely thick cotton ones, deadstock in their packages, for $2 each in a Taranaki opshop last month!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! I feel so dressed up. Yeah, you almost never see vintage suits either. They so are. I usually buy them on sale though because they are quite expensive. $2 each? That's awesome.

      Delete
  3. Amazing job! I'm so glad you shared the finished project after all those teaser photos.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. I wouldn't be so cruel as to show you the work in progress and not post the finished result.

      Delete
  4. This is a banging suit! I am so impressed, love the color on you too!
    Xxoo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. It's not a colour I normally wear, but I quite like it.

      Delete
  5. Ooh, the suit is LOVELY, Brodie! The colour is far more emerald-y than I thought, I really like it. You look so smart! xxxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. Yeah, it was hard to get an accurate photo of the colour. It's probably between the dark green and the emerald green.

      Delete
  6. Wonderful shade of geen and perfect fit.
    You are such an artist.
    Crazy how we are in summer and you winter, ahhhhhhhhhhhh
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. I know. It's weird reading all the northern hemisphere blogs talking about summer.

      Delete
  7. Absolutely phenomenal! You look so cool. What a superb job and to think it was all leftovers and donated bits, too! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! Yes, I love it even more because it's mostly made of second hand and leftover bits.

      Delete
  8. You look great! Love the color and cut of the suit.

    ReplyDelete
  9. This is amazing, I can't sew at all so I'm completely impressed at all the effort that goes into making something as technical as this, well done!!
    http://ahandfulofhope.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! It's probably the most technical thing I've ever sewn.

      Delete
  10. the suit is absolutely perfect! I love the cut and the colour is just gorgeous. It's a work of art! well done. Also, my hair is always messy, annoying isn't it?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! Ha, yes it is annoying. I probably could have neat hair but I don't bother brushing it, straightening it or putting any product in it.

      Delete
  11. I have no words for how great this is. Huge well done. Xx

    ReplyDelete
  12. Ooo, nice!!!
    Ugh, the weather is in NO way friendly to outside pix right now! Stay warm!
    XXX

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. I know. Bloody snow/rain/wind. You stay warm too.

      Delete
  13. That is one killer suit - amazing!! and I love your face - don't change a thing.
    I'm with Helga - The weather is foul - bring on the snow so we can move on from all this poxy rain! xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! Just for you, I'll not change the face. It's still pretty foul out there even though we've had the snow. Hopefully it'll clear soon.

      Delete
  14. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  15. That is fabulous! It looks straight out of the 40's.

    ReplyDelete
  16. What an awesome suit! The colour and the fit are just perfect. Nice work!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Holy Crap that suit is amazing!! Seriously you are one of my sewing icons! I love it on you.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Amazing suit doll, you look marvellous!! Really gorgeous job. Adore the colour x

    ReplyDelete
  19. This is gorgeous! You should be really proud

    ReplyDelete
  20. This is amazing! I adore every detail! Thank you so much for sharing over at We Sew Retro so I could find you here - wonderful work!!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Woooow, that is so amazingly gorgeous! You do lovely work!

    ReplyDelete
  22. omg, this is tatally awesome! this suit is perfect! the details are so lovely and you defenitly chose the right colour and fabric.
    the hat is a lovely find , too.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Wow, another NZ blogger, I'm always excited when I find one. The suit looks amazing, well done!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Oh my goodness.....I can't even imagine how much work goes into making a suit.......you are so very clever.
    It looks amazing......perfect for the cold weather......its so cold here....snow snow snow.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    love V

    ReplyDelete
  25. Wow it looks great! I love the colour and you look great in it. I can't remember if I said thanks for recommending the Berry place for the High Tea a couple of months ago... my friend and his mother went and it was fantastic. She was pleasantly surprised and bonus, it was about 4 klm from her home. I heard through him it was snowing there yesterday!! Brrrr!

    ReplyDelete
  26. That's amazing, you made that! I keep saying it, but I really should learn to sew! I just wouldn't have the patience to make something amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  27. So chic, excellently made, and breathtakingly beautiful! This suit is like a gold wedding band, tea and sugar, cranberries at Christmas - a true classic that will never, ever lose its appeal or loveliness.


    ♥ Jessica

    ReplyDelete