Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Sewing Lawyer's latest lawyer's suit

It's not so much that a sewing slump has hit The Sewing Lawyer; but the output has slowed to a crawl as she compulsively knits away the evenings.

So, I am thrilled to announce that the skirt to match my jacket is now finished.  As predicted, with temperatures in the low 20's (C) during the day, this outfit will have to wait until fall to be really enjoyed.   But I put it on to take some low-light pictures.

Does this look like a lawyer's suit to you?

I need some interesting tops to wear with it.  I like the red colour with the suit, but this top is pretty old.

I've already given you all the interesting construction details.  There's not much more to say about this skirt.  It is straightforwardly lined to the top edge.  I did not do anything fancy to justify the extreme amount of time it took to finish it.  There is no inner corset, and no boning.  This fabric is so soft and cushy and I didn't want to interfere with that.  Besides, it's a little stretchy, always a good quality in a pencil skirt with a high waist.  The skirt should be very comfortable.

I also got lazy in relation to the back walking vent.  Instead of making a concealed vent, properly lined (as per my tutorial here - the most-visited page on this blog, by far), I just folded the vent facings back at the seam line and tacked it invisibly by hand to the facing, leaving a little extra length for ease above the top of the vent.  I mitered the hem and facings for a clean finish but it's practically invisible in this fabric.    

And that is that.


  1. Je ne sais pas s'il s'agit d'un tailleur d'avocate, mais il s'agit certainement de tailleur d'un grand élégance. J'adore le détails avec le cordon (piping) Ce patron de jupe est vraiment beau. L'ajustement est parfait. Mais quelle minceur chère amie. Tu es magnfique et comme toujours, quelle qualité de confection. xx

  2. Yes, very professional looking. The piping really looks good. Enjoy wearing it :)

  3. J'agree! That suit est parfait. You've a beautiful "hand." Oh, and that lace-work shell - I'm faint with desire!
    Rock on with your bad self.

  4. What a professional looking suit! You did a beautiful job on it. Love the skirt!

  5. Gorgeous suit! As always.

    You need to watch out for that compulsive knitting. If you come to like knitting too much especially.

    I have been for years trying to get back to sewing.

  6. Love it! It is such a polished looking outfit!

  7. I love the whole look . The skirt is great!

  8. Your suits are all fabulous and I have used your tutorials every time I sew something like that. One nice thing about a great suit is that it will live for a decade so you don't need to make many of them.

  9. Gorgeous suit. Love the fit on you.

  10. Do you have a tutorial for lining skirts, specifically the zipper part? Apparently nothing screams "HOME MADE" like hand sewing around a zipper. (now they tell me)

    Thanks for the details. Your work is inspiring.