Monday, August 30, 2010

Evidence of Simplicity 4911 being finished!

Hooray! It’s been months – nay, years! – since I first started sewing this suit and although I officially finished it a couple of weeks ago, it is only now that I’ve taken photos that I feel it is truly finished!

And so… without further delay… Simplicity 4911

To recap, it started as this…

CIMG1932 It now looks like this!


I apologise for the non-smilingness of this photo – really, I’m ecstatic that this has turned out so well – but my camera was playing silly buggers and had just NOT taken three lots of self-timer shots, so I wasn’t really sure this one was going to turn out either (and the self-conscious ‘this is weird’ posing had started to kick in)… :0)

Contrary to the photo evidence, the back of the skirt hem isn’t longer than the front, the camera is just perched quite low. Besides the collar weirdness that I mentioned in a previous post (CIMG1937 ) I also decided to lengthen the sleeves about an inch. Some of my dancing partners have made mention of my ‘freakishly long arms’ but I seriously think they were just making excuses for not getting themselves out of the way in time to avoid a whack. Remember follows, it’s always the lead’s fault. :0)

I also had a bit of trouble with the waistband and after struggling with it for about an hour I just ditched it and made my own. I think the likelihood is I may not have cut it correctly because I just could not make it work… hmmm… that’s the same story as the collar situation. I see a pattern here. :0)

Once I got the camera working correctly, I went to town on the shots, so here’s some more.

CIMG2029 I call this one ‘Nevermind About The Top Of My Head, Check Out My Remix Shoes!’ I think my dance teacher would be happy with the shape of that hanging hand too… pity I can’t remember to do it when I’m actually dancing. This photo also shows the nipped in waist… that curve also gave me a bit of gyp. One of the peplum sides does kick out a little funny, but I think I’m probably just being too critical… I’ve decided I won’t worry about it until someone points at it and screams in an overly dramatic fashion. Then I’ll think about worrying about it…


Not a terribly illuminating shot of the suit, but… I liked it, so here it is. Oh, and if you are wondering, the white ruffle is not connected to the suit at all. It is a gorgeous ruffle-fronted blouse I picked up at one of the Way We Wear fairs a couple of years ago in Williamstown here in Melbourne.

And here’s a picture of the blouse… but don’t look at my weirdly large hand.


What’s wrong with you?! I said not to look at it! Honestly…

Just jokes, just jokes. One final picture… in this I was trying to show the lovely vee at the bottom of the jacket… but I think the packet illustration still show it better.


I hope you have enjoyed the pictures… I’d love to say I had a ball making this suit, but I didn’t. Some bits of it were a little tricky and maybe if I sewed more regularly than I do then I wouldn’t have had any trouble at all… doubtful though… I mean, this IS sewing, right? However I’m more than happy with the end result.

In hindsight, if I was going to make this again, I’d look at lining it to give it a little more weight. Without lining and in the light material I used, it is definitely not for chilly weather. Mind you, the way this Melbourne winter has been making me feel for the last three months, nothing but an electric blanket and flannelette sheets makes me feel warm. Still… only two days to go until SPRING!! Finally… :0)


  1. What a challenging project, and it looks awesome -- great style, nice fit, and well sewn!

  2. Wow! It's absolutely wonderful! It looks great on you and I love the shoes too!

  3. You look amazing! Awesome job. :)

  4. What kind of fabric did you use? It looks perfect for the drape.

  5. Why Miss Crimson, you're beautiful! Very very sexy librarian/postmistress/career girl. Not very many vintage suits get made -- it's usually dresses and separates -- so well done you for the full ensemble! Magnificent.

  6. I think it's fabulous! The blouse and shoes complete the ensemble perfectly, too. :)

  7. Congratulations on the completion. It's gorgeous.


  8. What a stunning creation! I love everything abou it!

  9. A fantastic combo - especially with those gorgeous green shoes!

  10. Just came here from Sew retro - I love the suit! Suits of this style are my favorite, and I think you've done a great job. And the shoes - my favorite color, I am jealous!

  11. Thanks everyone! I feel very touched by your supportive comments!
    For those that are wondering, the shoes are the Anita style by Remix.
    Seriously awesome and comfortable shoes.
    Go to if you'd like to see others. I have no affiliation with them - I just love and own two pairs of their shoes so like spreading the love.

  12. Oh - Laurie, I forgot to mention that I'm not sure what the exact material is. My local store had it listed as "assorted fabric". Very helpful. :0)
    I chose it mainly for the colour and it had the right feel for a lightweight suit. Just enough crispness for the a-line of the skirt to hang properly.
    It is definitely a cotton blend but more than that I couldn't say. I'll dig out my Fabric Savvy book and maybe burn a little and report back. :0)

  13. You did a wonderful job on this suit--it looks stunning on you!