Portrait collar jacket (pattern McCall's 5478 OOP) with coordinating skirt (pattern Simplicity 2654 OOP)
I can't say that I set out to make a matchy matchy suit. I fell for this jacket pattern when it first came out in 2007 and I sourced the plum wool boucle window pane in 2009 with high hopes to construct the jacket yet as it sometimes does, life got in the way of fancy clothing making and the pattern lived in the stash wrapped in the wool waiting to be cut and sewn. Until this winter when I got swept into a plaid sewing theme, I made plaid dresses, jumpers and coats so why not a suit too? My delusions of grandeur had me dreaming that the suit would make me look like a Hitchcock dame; Kim Novak with a campy vibe.
The jacket has a bias grain bodice with straight grain sleeves so it seemed natural to add a straight grain skirt. I did not have the yardage to use up much fabric in bias plaid matching I was working with 3 yards (2.74 meters) and needed to yield two garments, none the less I powered through.
I did take my time to match the skirt side seams and center back seam. So clean you can not even see the seam.
Typically I tend to avoid a high waist but I thought it work for my nod to vintage suit. I added the fabric belt across the front section to mimic the back fabric belt of the jacket.
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