Oh, this suit.
This &$*!(% suit.
This suit is one of those projects that frustrates to no end before being completed. It was in time out several times, but now I'm going to leave it as it is and be alright with it!
This suit is a combination of a couple original 1930s patterns. The blazer is Simplicity 2395 on the right in the picture below, and the skirt is Simplicity 1739 on the left.
I also planned for this suit to be extremely versatile for my wardrobe, so it matches a pair of trousers I made. Now I can have a skirt suit or a pant suit!
The frustration with this suit, however, lies mainly in the blazer. I watched a Craftsy tailoring techniques class and applied what I learned on the blazer. It feels fantastically structured. It is lined, underlined, and reinforced by pad stitching and horsehair canvas inside. However... It just has strange wrinkles everywhere. I sized down on the pattern, yet it still has a strange fit. I can't decide if it's a mistake on my part or just how the pattern itself fits. Early-to-mid 30s suits weren't the nipped-waist fit we have come to expect in a more modern suit fit, so I'm not sure if it's my modern expectations or what. If you have a theory, I'd love to hear it!
Although the fit is strange, I must take a moment to brag on my button-making victory. I made matching buttons for the front and decorative ones for the sleeves. They're self-covered buttons made of O-rings from the hardware store and various mismatched but same-sized old buttons. I followed this tutorial, and it worked brilliantly! I love the high-end touch it adds.
I also tried desperately to properly finger wave my hair, but only one side turned out very successfully. My hair is still just a bit too short and layered to work very well. However, I shall try again in time, for I do love them!
I paired it with a 1960s (or 70s?) does 30s hat, a 1930s jadeite-colored sweater (my favorite color!), a beaded black purse, and the Dance it Up Heels in dove from Modcloth. I just got these heels for Christmas, and I rather like them. The detailing is nice, and they have a generically vintage look that works for my usual 30s-40s looks. They are spot on in size and fit my size 5 feet well. I wish they were narrower, but that's a common wish with my unusually narrow feet!
suit: handmade by me
shoes: Dance it Up Heels in dove
sweater: the 30s and 40s Clothing Exchange (?)
hat: market in St. Louis
Have you any experience with early 1930s suits? I'm not exactly sure on the age of the patterns I used, but I was guessing mid-30s. What do you guys think?