The “Never Fear, It Will Appear” Outfit | Debi Fry

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The Facts

Fabric: Wool flannel £4 for 4 yards, £4 for faux fur fabric (0.25 yards)
Patterns: EvaDress SE30-6690  Ladies' Two-Piece Suit
Year: c. 1931
Notions: Vintage zipper- £.05
Time to complete: not yet complete…so far I've worked on it 8 hours
First worn: February 2011
Wear again? Yes, I adore the skirt and look forward to finishing the jacket!

Total Cost: ~£8.00

Have you ever had one of those weeks?  When you are completely buried under work or things constantly come up that prevent you from sewing?  When you do actually get to sewing, you're still thinking about everything else on your plate?  This has definitely been one of those weeks!! 

My outfit for this week's theme is inspired by the 1972 movie Travels with my Aunt which is set in the 1920's with one of my favorite actresses–Maggie Smith:

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I decided to use the Eva Dress pattern for a 1931 suit.  I've been wanting to make this for a long time.  It's the perfect suit for winter and when I found some incredibly cheap wool flannel, I knew it was a match made in heaven (not to mention some of my left over faux fur for the collar and sleeves!)

This week also corresponded with some big deadlines at work–so, unfortunately I didn't get to finish the jacket.  You know me, I always tend to take on more than I can chew.  I'm very attracted to unusual patterns (and often complex patterns).  Some weeks it works and some weeks it's too much even for my usual enthusiastic self :-)  But the good thing is it's always fun trying!

I'm super happy with how the skirt portion of the pattern came out.  I wasn't sure about the length but I really like it.  The pattern is a reproduction of an early McCall pattern, so the instructions are very sparse!  I think the instructions are to 'sew the skirt' or something like that. Ok, maybe it is 'sew the seams of the skirt' but there's nothing about a waistband or hem or even which side of the skirt to sew to which side.  Luckily, there were lots of little notches on the skirt pattern to figure it out.  I also cut out a long bias strip and attached it as facing to finish the waist without a waistband. 

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The jacket is also shaping up to be really nice.  Here's how it looks so far (it's sitting on top of my dress from last week).  I managed to get a fair bit done.  There's still a lot left to do including the sleeves, facings, and the belt.

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I love the details on the jacket including the neat trim and shape of the sleeves.  I look forward to completing the jacket and wearing the two pieces together!  So….never fear, it will (eventually) appear :-)

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Debi from My Happy Sewing Place

Debi Fry LOVES vintage patterns. She started sewing in 2009 and has been going since. In 2011, she participated in the Sew Weekly challenge and looks forward to the new challenges that lie in store!

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  1. The coat is going to be beautiful and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I really like the skirt on you. It is a good length and looks very nice with the white top and sweater. Did you make the hat too? It’s cute as well.

  2. Thanks Sue! I didn’t make the hat but found it as a super deal–I really like the style!

  3. What a great outfit – I am impressed at you tackling a whole suit in a week (amazed!)The skirt is a lovely length and will look fantastic with the completed jacket (which would also look fab with a pair of wide trousers, I reckon).

  4. margueritedesigns

    Can’t wait to see that jacket too. Looks like it’s going to be a good one!

  5. The skirt is lovely and the jacket is looking good! I can totally understand that kind of a week, hope it gets better! Oh, I love the shoes too:)

  6. Once again you’ve picked a challenge!.. and it’s looking gorgeous. I agree, that skirt is a fab shape. Good to know you have those weeks too! (I was starting to think you were some kind of super human sewing machine!)

  7. Debi I think the skirt is gorgeous, and can’t wait to see the jacket finished. I think you are AMAZING!! Wish I was half as clever.

  8. You’ve done a brilliant job, Debi! The skirt is beautiful and so is the jacket! I love your cloche hat, too!

  9. Love it! The skirt turned out so nicely – I love the proportion; I can never seem to make a longer skirt that doesn’t look dowdy, but now I have inspiration – this one is so cute and so flattering!

  10. That’s a beautiful skirt and can’t wait to see the finished jacket, well done!
    Did you see South Riding on BBC1 last Sunday? The outfits are amazing and the pattern you’ve used reminds me of the coat the lead character wears to the school theatre performance. I could see you making most of the outfits she wore!

  11. YAY! Your skirt is lovely Debi, well done with those limited instructions! I would FREAK! Your styling is just darling today too! The shoes and hat are sweet!
    You do have so many complicated patterns! I think I need a bit of your goals to rub off on me, as I’m always attracted to the most easiest ones!

  12. Thanks Jen! Yes, I am very excited about completing the jacket–and I think that’s a great idea to pair it with some wide trousers (my favorite)! Maybe I’ll make a black pair of the Simplicity repro 1941 ones again!

  13. Thanks! Yes…I’m getting excited for the jacket too….now if work could stop getting in the way of sewing! hahahaha :-)

  14. Thanks Adey! I’m looking forward to a less work next week (fingers crossed!) Loved your dress this week!

  15. Thanks Casey :-) I’m loving what your sewing up as well….

  16. aw…Debbie…you are AWESOME…thanks for the kind words! I’m so happy we have the same name ;-)

  17. Thanks Sarah! I loved your dress for the spring challenge….I’ll be making a colette color palette this next week (better late than never) and your colors have really inspired me :-)

  18. Thanks Sarah! I absolutely adore your blouse this week too!

  19. Hi Mimi…I haven’t seen South Riding yet and you’re the second person that’s said I must watch it! I’m really excited to hear that it’s set in 1934!!! I’ll have to carve out some time to go to the iplayer before the next episode!! I LOVE historical dramas and especially ones that can inspire sewing!

  20. Hi Veronica! That’s funny because I want some of your goals to rub off on me too :-) I love how you whip up some amazing outfits and sew with fabric you’ve got and make it all look so fantastic!
    Oh…and you must come to Edinburgh at some point! I saw your post on my blog and it would be sooooo much fun :-) It’s a lovely city and we could get in some serious trouble in the op-shops!

  21. Debi, I love this – everything you do is so inspiring to me! You look fabulous and comfortable – I cannot wait to see the coat when it is finished!