The POWER suit
I'm so excited to share this one with you guys! Let's first start with my inspiration. Back in January I asked you guys what you wanted to see more of from me this year, and I got a lot of requests for designer looks, and work wear. So I thought this project could hit both categories. I'm a HUGE fan of Olivia Palermo and my inspiration for this project came from her Instagram. Here's a side beside of the finished suit next to my inspiration.
I went to Joann's to pick out fabric for the suit. I knew I wanted to find a similar color, and that I wanted it to be light weight. I ended up with this 100% polyester fabric. LINKED HERE. The color is "Rosewater."
I really couldn't have been happier with the fabric I found. The color was spot on. Next order of business was to find black and white fabric for my pockets. I thought I may have to make them, so I was really happy when I found what I wanted in the Upholstery section. I was honestly a bit weary that the fabric would be too heavy against my light weight polyester suit fabric but it worked out perfectly! The upholstery fabric is LINKED HERE.
Next up was finding similar patterns to my inspiration. That took no time at all. I LOVE Mimi G's blazer pattern Simplicity #s8749 and the pants pattern is Simplicity #s8457.
Time : 2.5 hours
Over all both pieces came together quite well. The only modification I made to the blazer was the pockets. I just topstitched using white thread.
I watched MiMi G's YouTube Tutorial to help me with the lapel. LINKED HERE
On to the pants. These came together pretty quickly and would highly recommend this pattern. I'm all about high waisted pants and these really fit me well after some adjustments.
I cut the pants a size 10 on the pattern. For reference I'm a size 25 waist, and I'm 5'4. The pants fit me around the waist but were still quite large everywhere else. I ended up taking up about an inch and a half over all and that worked well.
I opted against the cuff as I really didn't have enough, only because I knew I would only wear these pants with heels and my heels are quite tall. So I just turned them up and hemmed the bottom.
I really love my suit! It's one of my favorite makes. I know I will get a lot of wear out of it, especially since I know I can wear both pieces separately. It will be easy to dress up and dress down so expect to see an overload of photos of this on my Instagram. HAH!