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.
When Angela Carter, aka Mermaid’s Purse, announced in April that she and the uber-creative Amy from Chica Chica Boom Chic (see some of her work here) were hosting a Vintage Suit Sew Along over the coming months, I was intrigued. I knew I wanted to complete at least one wintery Selfies project this year, and this might just be the shared project to keep me on-track. April was a crazy month for me, and it wasn’t until I settled back into normal life this month that I mentally committed to the sew-along challenge.
I then hemmed up the remaining length of the black/purple silk, making it into a matching scarf. I also had bought a much bigger remnant piece of black silk, to hem into a scarf/wrap too. I’d read a travel tip about wrapping your head and neck in a light scarf can aid sleep on the plane, and with such a long flight ahead of us, anything was worth a go! The tip also suggested a couple of drops of lavender oil on said scarf too, to further aid snooze time…
The fabric is only practical in the sense that it breathes like nobody’s business, due to being a natural fibre and to its delicate sheer demeanour. But where this fabric leaves off with practicality, it picks up with full unadulterated luxury! The feel of this fabric is delightful, and I do love the dark and brooding feel the floral print has, sweet purple blossoms smattered across the surface still giving a nod to Asian influences.
I’ve had a hankering for some fitted retro slacks for some time now; all under the style inspiration of Audrey Hepburn, and my more recently discovered vintage girl-crush, Jean Seberg.