Monday, 29 November 2010

Jenny skirt for Betty jacket



A bit late, but here it is, the Jenny skirt I made to go with the Betty Draper jacket. I thought this would be a super quick project, but it ended up taking aaaaaaages. I've been really busy, so have been snatching 20 minutes here and there to get it done in time for my cousin's bar mitzvah. I was still stitching the hem the night before. When will I learn?!


The fitting took quite a while. I created a muslin in Swedish tracing paper which I thought would be useful for future iterations of a versatile pattern. But once I'd spent an age tweaking that, the real version still ended up too big so I had to fiddle around with that one too... and then couldn't be bothered to repeat those on the muslin, thus rendering it ruddy useless! The problem was balancing up the fitted look with the ability to sit down in it. This may just be an issue for those of us with an ample derrière, but if you know any tricks for adding roomage in the back, do share!


And here's the finished suit. I doubt I'll have many more opportunities to wear it together, but as separates it's very wearable.


[Soundtrack: 'Love's Mood' by Django Reinhardt]

41 comments:

  1. they look beautiful together; and you are smashing in it. I have a huge butt. I add room by slashing and spreading the pattern right over the highest point of my buttocks. Make sure you do not slash the pattern all the way to the waist, or you will end up with a big waist. Just slash and spread the butt...er. that sounds weird. LOL

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  2. it looks fantastic, especially those scallops. Well done!

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  3. It looks amazing! I love the scallops.

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  4. Totally. Fantastic. The colour really suits (ha!) you.

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  5. Adorable, you and the suit :) Well done, I admire your patience!

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  6. You look gorgeous and very sophisticated. Great work!
    Separates are such great wardrobe builders. :-)

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  7. That is beautiful! I would wear that suit everywhere.

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  8. I love your suit, it's such a lovely colour and really great fit. You look so nice!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  9. The suit is so lovely, and you look great in it! I especially love the scalloped jacket, and the colors of the fashion fabric/lining together. I hope you wear it often!

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  10. Noooo! I'm absolutely in love with this outfit! The colour of the skirt and the jacket is my favourite... the SANGRIA i call it... and the light verdeacqua interior is too much stylish for being alive!



    http://giocodidonne.blogspot.com

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  11. Gorgeous suit, I'm thinking of making the Jenny skirt, do you think a novice could tackle it? Nice tights too! x

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  12. The whole look is so perfect. I love the scallops, and the skirt...wow! Enjoy your new suit-you look amazing in it.

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  13. oh wow, oh wow! I love them both together! They look fabulous and I love the lining contrast! Great job!!

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  14. OMG, Tilly, this is gorgeous. I'd be wearing it everyday!

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  15. The Jenny never fails, does it?

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  16. It's such a pretty suit and you look lovely in it. Love, love your dollhouse!

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  17. The finished product looks great Tilly! And that was a wonderful colour to have chosen! Erm... are you wearing different shoes in that picture?

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  18. It's a beautiful outfit! I really love that scalloped jacket.

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  19. This is really wonderful - I love the colour of the lining against the plum - perfect!

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  20. You look so chic - it is a wonderful outfit. I think you should make up reasons to wear it - a ladies' afternoon tea or something.

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  21. Gorgeous!! I really love the black top you're wearing in the first photo as well - where did you get it? LOVE the shoulder detail.

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  22. I really like the colour you have chosen, the end result is beautiful and the scallop detail really makes it :-)

    Nicole
    www.rubyslippersvintage.blogspot.com

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  23. This looks amazing - it might have taken a lot of time, but it was certainly worth it. Even the lining is incredible. And I have to say, I'm sure you'll find plenty more opportunities to wear it - the style is so classic and elegant, you'll still be able to wear this when you are 80.

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  24. Lovely Tilly, looks great!

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  25. this is lovely! I love that color on you :)

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  26. Thanks for your lovely comments, everyone! I was feeling a bit "meurgh" about this project, but you've cheered me up.

    Jane - yes, it's worth a go. The only difficult part is the fitting, but you may have more luck than me.

    Emily - erm... no! Although I see what you mean from the photo!

    Laura Kidd - H&M!

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  27. Such a beautiful color! I love that minty green lining, too.

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  28. Cute as a button! You have a doll's house!

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  29. The skirt fits you so well! The style of the suit looks fantastic on you!

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  30. Wow, amazing outfit!!! And also very well made ;) It's very 1940s, love it!!
    Oh really love that dollhouse in that first pic :)
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  31. Oh, LOVE! It looks great together. I've had the Jenny pattern for a while now and have been um-ing and ah-ing about making it, it's nice to see how it could look (but probably won't when I get around to making it)

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  32. Wonderful job. Be Proud and wear it as a whole, even if it does make you overdressed.

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  33. Bravo! I just love how beautiful the color is, and how sharp the scallops look. The entire suit looks gorgeous together, but I think you're right in that these will be very versatile pieces to mix and match with other garments. :)

    ♥ Casey | blog

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  34. It looks awesome! I love the plum and the green, and the scallops are a nice touch. The colors are very flattering on you. Well done!!

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  35. Love, love , love this suit. And even if you don't get a chance to wear the pieces together a lot, it's still good to have a great suit in your wardrobe in case you ever need one.

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  36. Ok, internet ate my original post. BUT, Tilly, wanted to point out Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's outfit on the plane in India last week-end.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/04/carla-bruni-india-photos_n_792114.html#s199221

    You and the French Première Dame may just make me pull out my high school geometry kit, LOL!

    PS I like your outfit better!

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  37. Oh wow! Thanks for pointing that out, lakaribane. I like her outfit better actually. The colour wouldn't suit me but I love the scalloped hem on the skirt.

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  38. Beautiful! It turned out so well, the whole suit is fantastic!
    (I thought I'd commented already.. ooops!)

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  39. I still swoon every time I look at this suit combo!

    Re: getting extra room in the back ... I haven't tried this (since I have the opposite problem, Nonexistent Butt Syndrome coupled with wide hips) but Patty the Snug Bug suggests easing the skirt into the waistband. I'll bet if you added an extra 1/8" on each side of your back skirt panels, even, to ease in, that could help? I think that wouldn't affect the silhouette too much. Although I still have fit issues with pencil skirt patterns so I may have to give this a go and see.

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  40. have you tried this skirt in a double knit or ponte knit?

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  41. Its all about adding darts in to make extra room, assuming there isn't already a back dart, I couldn't see one. In this area if you'd like a bit more than a little extra fullness I would recommend adding two smaller darts to avoid any unsightly points appearing. So just slash your pattern open from the waist to 0cm at the hem and take the added width back out into your darts. You'll want them slightly closer to the side seam than the centre back.
    If there are darts then just slash straight through them and make them a fraction deeper. Or if there is one dart then just add another.
    I do like the suggestion to add a little ease. I'm not sure it's industry practice but I don't see why it wouldn't work on bespoke garments, good call!
    Hope this makes sense!

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