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Friday, December 5, 2008

Black Peacock Suit

This is my latest project - actually it's more likely that I will wear the pieces as separates rather than a suit.  I like wearing my brown brocade skirt with brown boots so much that I decided to make a black version to wear with my black boots.  Also my RTW short black jacket is really on it's last legs so I decided a new one was in order.

The skirt is almost complete, I just need to hem it.  I used BWOF 01/2008 127, a panelled pencil skirt, omitting the back welt pockets.  It's a great pattern, I'm sure I will use it again. Here is a picture of the fabric I am using - a black brocade with blue and green peacock feathers.

For the jacket I am using an old BWOF pattern - 02/2004 - 112, a sort of biker jacket.  
I'm making this in black wool with brocade topstitched collar and cuffs.  There is a lot of prep needed for this pattern as it requires all the jacket pieces to have batting applied to the topstitched areas.  I decided to sandwich a piece of canvas between the fabric and fusible interfacing, with the fusible interfacing covering the whole jacket piece.  
For the brocade areas I used a thicker interfacing so these parts are slightly more padded.  Now all that is done I have started topstitching the brocade areas.  

Hopefully it will start to come together quickly now the boring but necessary prep work is out of the way - more soon.....

16 comments:

Vicki said...

Ooh, this sounds like it is going to be lovely! I have made that skirt a couple of times and really like it.

melissa said...

ooh I absolutely LOVE the idea of doing a biker jacket in a fancy brocade! This is going to be hawt, I can tell already...

wendy said...

That brocade is *gorgeous*!!

Claire S. said...

I wish I'd found BWOF in 01/2008 instead of 02/2008 !

Both the skirt and the jacket look like they'll be lovely. I agree with Wendy, that brocade is gorgeous !

peacockchic said...

wow that peacock fabric is GORGEOUS!! Can't wait to see the jacket!

Isabelle said...

Fantastic project. The peacock fabric is truly special!

Lindsay T said...

So eager to see the biker jacket. They never really go out of style, do they...

Sandy said...

The fabric is GORGEOUS. I can't wait to see the suit when it is done.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Ooooh, can't wait to see that. Sounds like it will be GORGEOUS.

Christina said...

I love that jacket pattern and the whole outfit sounds fabulous!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Oooohhhh this is gonna be pretty!

Summerset said...

Wow. This suit will be quite a knock-out!

-E said...

love love love that brocade! I swear I'm a brocade junkie :)

And I totally agree with you about prep work- I feel like some outfits are all prep, and I'm soooo impatient.

Tany said...

Great fabric! I can't wait to see the finished outfit!

Cindy said...

the brocade makes it extra special and expensive looking. love it!

Linda said...

Ohhhh! I am looking forward to seeing the finished skirt and jacket. Love the brocade fabric.