The “I’ll Never Get To Be QE3″ Suit


The Facts
Fabric: Green/cream yard-dyed suiting $10
Pattern: Simplicity 2154
Year: Contemporary 1960s reissue
Notions: 7″ zip $1, fabric-covered buttons $2
Time to complete: over 23 hours (2 seasons of Sports Night)
First worn: Up town for pics
Wear again? Probably
Total price: ~$13
I wasn’t sure how to start this post. As a fellow Elizabeth I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the Queen. I was a major Anglophile for a bit in my late teens to early 20s. I made several trips to England to study abroad. I think HM is an interesting person. She reminds me a lot of my (not-British) grandmother – matriarchal, tough ol’ lady. But I also know the British monarchy is a sore spot for a lot of people all over the world. Still, I think it’s pretty awesome that she has made it to her Diamond Jubilee. It’s such a rare occasion.

Obviously I’m going for a 1960s Elizabeth. I don’t have a specific outfit I’ve knocked-off. But I feel this fabric is exactly like something she’d wear to this day. It falls quite well into her spectrum of color.

I had just enough fabric to eek this outfit out of it…sort of. The skirt was a tad shorter than I would have liked. But after seeing Barbara’s Vegas dress with the hem detail, I pieced together a strip to turn up and encase the hem (there’s a name for this, right?) The facing of the jacket is in a different fabric – but I think it adds a little more structure and stability. I should have cut the sleeve more narrow to begin with. I did a bit of tailoring to make it a little more sleek.

I’m not entirely sold on the whole jacket pattern in the end – it’s a real fabric-suck. I should have just used the cardigan pattern, or my trusty Stretch & Sew 300. That would have been much quicker! But no, I stupidly felt like I needed to do a matchy-matchy thing. I’ve only noticed now how the cardigan on the pattern envelope looks much better fitted on the model than the jacket. C’est la vie!

I didn’t realize my skirt was slightly askew for these back shots, but I am proud of how the kick pleat came out. You can also see the pillbox hat I attempted in the first pic. It came out a bit wonky so it probably won’t see the light of day again.

Author

SullyLiz3

Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.

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  1. Hey Liz, your suit came out wonderful and so regal. Love this color on ou and the green is right on color trend.

  2. LIZ!!!! You look awesome! You did a great job. So rad that we are both Elizabeth’s, we both chose HRH the II, and we both did a minty two piece! LOVE IT! We have like sewing ESP!

  3. What a great job on this outfit. I love it.It looks fantastic on you.. Happy sewing.

  4. This is lovely on you!

  5. Really beautiful! I would love to see it with the bow blouse shown in the pattern as well. Great job :)

  6. What a fabulous color! Bravo for making both pieces – they turned out beautifully!

  7. I think it’s a great look.

  8. That matchy look is so regal – very queen like, I love what you have done (great kick-pleat)

  9. This ensemble is absolutely lovely! The color looks fantastic on you!

  10. I think it’s really cute! If the jacket doesn’t fit right it isn’t noticeable in the photos.

  11. It totally makes me think of a young queen.

  12. Wow, you look so regal! Love the color and the pattern that you used. Cute hat too,

  13. Wow, you look so regal! Love the color on you and the pattern that you used. Cute hat too.

  14. Perfect suit!It looks lovely on you. I think the jacket looks great in the photos. Are the back pieces cut on the bias? Is that why it was such a fabric-suck. Doesn’t really look like bias is that necessary.

    • Thanks, Casey. Good catch! The arm and bodice piece are one pattern piece (like a kimono sleeve, except there’s an extra side panel to the bodice under the arm…there’s probably a name for this but I don’t know it) so the sleeve should be on the bias. Except *I* got my sleeve/bodice orientation mixed up when I was cutting so my back is on the bias. I kept it because if you didn’t know, you probably wouldn’t think twice about it.

  15. Nice job! I like that you were pushed a little with the skirt length. I bet you’ve got a terrific pair of legs under there. I appreciate your modesty though. You look very beautiful.

  16. A tailored suit! Very impressive a polished looking.