I'm finally getting around to working on my Suffragette outfit! I would have started on it long ago, but I had a big commission to finish up last month, and Brian the Engineer and I were travelling out-of-state the first three weekends in October. It was a busy month. Progress has been slow this week, too, because I've been feeling under the weather. So it might be a bit of a rushed job, but I'm determined to have it done for Election Day.
My inspiration, from Pinterest:
My fabrics consist of four yards of houndstooth wool, a yard of dark brown wool twill, and some scraps of dark brown velvet:
I wanted to modify the jacket pattern to more closely match the lines of the inspiration image, as well as fit more closely to my waist. I also really love the little pleated insert in the front of the skirt, so I'll be adding that, as well. I started by making mock-ups of both patterns, cut from two different old sheets:
|I cut the jacket front with a more dramatic diagonal at the hem edge.|
|I think I still want to shorten the jacket by two or three inches.|
|The original pattern had pockets at the side front seams, but I moved them to the side seams. (They are just slits, for the mock-up)|
I'm hoping that shortening the pieces will help me get the entire ensemble out of my four yards of fabric, but I do have the brown wool twill that I might use for the front facings if I run out of houndstooth. This would make the lapels contrasting as well as the collar - which I'm planning to squeeze out of my scraps of velvet. I will probably also make the cuffs from the brown wool, to match the inspiration image.