Welcome to the first post of the wardrobe capsule I’m currently working on. For this 7 piece capsule, I am using 5 different Mimi G for Simplicity patterns. The first two patterns I made up are from S8749. This is one of her newest patterns and I was in love with this suit from the moment I saw it!
I am so pleased with how this suit turned out. Now, I will probably not have occasion to wear the jacket and pants together as a suit since I don’t work in a corporate environment, but I am ALL about styling these two pieces in different ways for my lifestyle. Mimi actually did a styling post on her website, but since I have both a different body type than Mimi and a different style, I thought it would be fun to see a few other ways to style this fantastic pattern.
Before I get into styling, I would like to talk about the pattern and the changes I made.
I sewed a size 14 in the pants and then graded to a 16 at the waist.
I lowered the rise in the front by 2” at the center front and then to 1” at the hip.
At the back I raised the center back by 1” and then took 1” out at the side seam so it matched the front.
I shortened the legs by 3”
I sewed the jacket a size 10 in the shoulders and neck and then graded out to a 14 in the armscye.
I shortened the sleeves by 1”
I shortened the body of the jacket by 6” for my height and for my own preferences
I used a wool/nylon tweed for the body and a taffeta lining fabric for the lining. Both fabrics were from Fabric Mart.
The pants are fitted ankle length trousers with a front fly. They have slash pockets in the front as well as darts (which I omitted). The back also has 2 darts and then there is a fantastic cut out detail on the ankle that I really love.
Here are three ways that I styled the pants:
First, I styled them with my oversized fisherman’s sweater and sneakers. The sweater was purchased on a trip to Ireland and is RTW.
Next, they got styled with my Tilly and The Buttons Freya top (from her newest book). I love the juxtaposition of this outfit. I find the frill on the top to be very girlie and I love it paired with the masculine elements of the suit trousers and brogues.
The jacket is a standard lined tailored blazer. It is a long lined jacket with flapped welt pockets. I shortened the length of jacket to hit me high thigh instead of mid thigh like it was designed. With my short torso, I just like the proportions on me better this way.
Finally, I paired the jacket with a wool knit Molly dress. I also love this outfit paired with the tennis shoes. It gives it a definite Melanie Griffith in Working 9 to 5 kind of vibe and I dig it!
That about sums it up for these first two patterns. I really love how this suit turned out and I highly recommend the pattern as well.
I also put together a little video if you want to see the outfits in action!
Until next time!