The “Jet Setting” Outfit

The Facts
Fabric: Light grey cotton flannel from Vogue Fabrics in Chicago, $10 for two and a half yards but I haven’t use it all
Pattern: Simplicity 7127
Year: 1967
Notions: 7″ zipper $.50, 4 buttons from stash
Time to complete: 9 hours (9 eps of The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes)
First worn: For pictures
Wear again? Definitely
Total price: $10.50

Surprise! I was in Chicago last week! For only 8 hours! It was for work and I was absolutely exhausted when I got home. I had just enough time after my work thing to run into Vogue for 40 minutes before I had to get on the train back to the airport to catch my flight back to Detroit. But I did it because it was important to sample the local fare!

This fabric was only $4 a yard but the fiber content was unknown. I suspected it was a poly blend – which I’m trying to stay away from – but this was such a good price, and feels really wonderful! So I did a burn test when I got home and I still think it has some polyester in it, but not much because it burned like a cotton.

Anyway, I was originally planning for this to be another Simplicity 6933 like my Mad Men dress, but then I remembered this pattern that I hadn’t done up yet. I felt really odd about having a matching top and bottom like on the envelope, and I probably won’t wear them together ever again. Also, I’d like to have the top more fitted.

I also intended to make a little jacket with the fabric I had left over, but time didn’t allow. I decided to use my Black Friday putting finishing touches on things around the new place (hanging pictures and curtains) instead of sewing.



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. The idea of flannel separates, especially for travelling, sounds marvellous. Good on you being able to stop with enough time to sort more on your home. I made a flannel skirt earlier in the year and am amazed how well it’s held up to wear, no pilling (yet). Love the World Cup Willie poster too – England’s only big football* win that we desperately cling on to as the glory days.

    *that’s real football, played with your feet America. Yeah I said it ;)

    • Thanks, Tempest! Husband is the big footie fan, but I do get into it during the World Cup. Of course we’d all love to see another England win!!!

  2. That’s such a sophisticated look. I can imagine Jackie Kennedy wearing something like that. I love the buttons in the back because you can ask a special somebody to button you up. ;) When you make that jacket, you can wear a pretty blouse underneath instead of the matching top. What a great traveling outfit.

    • Thanks, Barbara. I think I will do just that. I can’t get excited about the top in the end. But I wore the skirt with a sweater last week and it looked fab!

  3. My grandmother, who learned how to tailor professionally, always said you could make an entire wardrobe with just 5 pieces. You’ve got great beginnings here and like Barbara said, wear the jacket (when made!) with the skirt and another blouse. These are lovely pieces : ) And did I miss something? You moved? Congrats on the new digs!

    • Thanks, Loran! I definitely think I’ll get use out of the skirt and jacket (eventually). We did move! During the Blue challenge. It’s been slow getting settled but it does feel like home already.

  4. I love how these two pieces look together, but they will also look great as separates.
    Hope your new place already feels like home.