I am always on the lookout for fabric with an interesting texture. This piece of suiting with it raised loopy diagonal pattern certainly caught my eye as something different. I purchased a length several years ago and set it aside waiting for inspiration to visit. Recently, being in need of a new suit, I decided it was time to take on the challenge of working with multiple diagonals. Yikes! I was a little concerned about all those lines, but thankfully my worries were unfounded.
After perusing my pattern file, I landed on one of my tried and true patterns by New Look I’ve used this basic many times and always with good results One of the things I like most about this pattern is its simplicity; it has the princess seam lines for easy fitting and the mandarin collar requiring no time-consuming tailoring. I also shortened it for an updated look.
My crowning achievement was matching the design down the front. That took some planning ahead.
The pattern is unlined, so I created my own in a beautifully coordinated rayon lining for a nice interior finish.
I selected a beautiful camel linen twill for the skirt and lined it using the same rayon lining used in the jacket. Finishing touches included an invisible zipper and back slit for ease resulting in a striking and unique couture suit appropriate to any occasion.