The “Promenade Suit” | Debi Fry
Fabric: Black wool flannel from ebay UK: £4 for 4 yards, £4 for faux fur fabric (0.25 yards)
Pattern: EvaDress SE30-6690 Ladies’ Two-Piece Suit
Notions: Belt buckle: £3
Time to complete: 12 hours for the entire suit
First worn: I wore the skirt in February and the complete suit in March 2011
Wear again? oh yes!!
Total Cost: ~£11
I’m thrilled. Actually, I am over the moon. I am so happy that this week’s theme was finishing those unfinished sewing objects! I jumped at the chance to finish this amazing 1931 suit that I started as the February 20th Sew Weekly outfit.
I adore everything about this suit–the faux fur collar, the tea length skirt, the matching belt, the unique sleeves. I have a feeling this will be a wardrobe staple for me!
I finally feel like spring is coming! The daffodils are a lovely site in the Prince’s Street Gardens in Edinburgh! They are everywhere. It is so inspiring and beautiful.
Overall, this pattern was very easy to put together even with the minimal pattern directions. You really have to wing it a bit since there aren’t many instructions. I sort of made up my own version to construct the sleeves and it worked out fine. However, this pattern does fit tight! This is a size 18 (bust 36) which usually tends to fit fine but I’ve found the sleeves run tight and short (at least for me). I had to do three separate muslins for the sleeves to get the length and fit just right.
I must say my favorite thing about the suit is the collar. I love how it is shaped. It was really easy to do and I found that working with the short faux fur was also very easy (it’s the left over faux fur from my short 1940’s jacket).