Reveal time!! If you don’t remember the Vintage Suit Sew Along I was taking part in this winter, give yourself a refresher and see the final sample of my Butterfield 8-inspired suit over here.
Now you’re all caught up, you might have noticed that the end date for the Sew Along was end of June, yet where was the big reveal?? Well I don’t know if you’re at all familiar with sewing projects (or creative, crafty projects in general), but they almost never go to plan. And the wall feed of the Vintage Suit Sew Along group will attest to that. Moving homes here, travelling overseas there; life in general just getting in the way. My excuse was that I really badly sprained my ankle mid-June, putting me on my butt and my foot in the air for near a week, which really cut into my scheduled suit-sewing time. Nevermind. I got back in the groove before the end of June, and can happily say I completed my vintage-inspired two-piece last weekend! Whoop!
And so, without further ado, I give you The Butterfield Suit.
I knew I wanted to make the suit in a grey wool, as it would show off the details and cut of the jacket beautifully. Plus I have some serious blouse plans for a purple-spotted cream silk, which I thought will look stunning peeking through the opening of the jacket. PLUS I already have black and white shirts in my wardrobe, and grey suits over black shirts are a killer look, on both men and women. So my grey wool pick is win-win-win. I hummed and hahhh-ed over what tone of grey to go, and ended going with the lighter of the bunch.
I lined the jacket in a black silk satin I had left over from trimming the luxurious Blossom Kimono Robe I made last Spring. Cos, Black + Grey = Winning. And as I have done in all of my recent tailored jackets (The Shag Jacket, The Valentine Smoking Jacket), I trimmed the seam between the black lining and grey facing with a complimentary, and oh-so Devel branded, purple satin binding.
I love the shape of the shawl collar, and the way the jacket closes, with the two faux ties with their sharp deliberate lines, excites me to no end! And that cut! That peplum! And that waist!
I teamed the jacket with a fully lined version of my classic Wiggle Skirt, which has four darts in the back for some nice svelte, vintage-style shaping. I didn’t have enough of the black silk satin to line the skirt too, but that was ok, as I had on-hand a very complimentary pewter stretch satin, which will allow greater movement in the skirt. This is important, as the skirt will experience a lot of striding across town and getting up and down out of seats all day, and a thinner, more tightly-woven fabric could start to show ‘smile’ lines across the lap and behind. You might be familiar with this happening with a dress or skirt that you own. Usually lining a garment saves the outer garment from taking on these lines.
I styled the suit with my classic 925 Blouse, because I love its clean lines, and those sharp little black buttons! Next on the creative project list will be that purple and cream silk blouse to match with the suit. I have a couple of inspirations for it, but if you have any killer blouse styles on your Pinterest, Instagram or Etsy vintage wishlist, please do share!
I’m so happy with how The Butterfield Suit turned out! I feel like a real Girlboss Bombshell in it!
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