Thursday, May 10, 2012

It Suits Me!

I appear to have written a small textbook on my tailored suit experience and, scarily, we're not quite done...

As promised, here are some money shots :-) - taken by my tween who has a really good eye for composition, don't you think?:

Gotta love how I match my garden!
I'm so grateful to be outside without a coat...
OK, say what you will, that skirt gives GREAT ass!

I feel like a million bucks in this suit. Honestly, with every swish of the pencil lining, it is magic.

I dressed it down with a T shirt as my briefing was on the less fancy end of the spectrum. Once again, you can see how I love to mix the prints. I've got animal, stripes and floral coexisting happily in this outfit.

Lovelies, we're not quite done yet (sorry). I have one more wrap up post planned, wherein I discuss my final feelings about the process. And then, I swear, we're onto something new.

After all, 40 posts on the same topic seems, um, adequate.

Whatcha think???

100 comments:

  1. Fantastic. You look like a million bucks in that suit (even more in Canadian dollars). Great job!

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  2. Oh Kristin! It's breathtaking! You look absolutely stunning, t-shirt and all! Congratulations on all your hard work and perseverance - it really paid off!

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    1. So glad you like it Gail! Thank you so much for being so encouraging throughout this process.

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  3. I think you look AMAZING! Your hard work absolutely paid off- that suit is perfectly tailored to your body and incredibly flattering. All I could think while looking at these pictures was "wow" and "I hope a fly doesn't wander into my awestruck/gaping mouth." The whole ensemble is just stunning.

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    1. LOL! Thank you so much - what a terrific comment! xo

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  4. You definitely look ah-mazing! Beautiful suit and beautiful garden.

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    1. Thank you! And the garden is just starting to come out in force. I do love this time of year.

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  5. I am de-lurking to congratulate you on how awesome your suit looks. Nicely done. You should feel like a million bucks when wearing it, because you look it!

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    1. Why thank you for coming out! And thanks for such a lovely comment.

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  6. It's worth all the frustrating hours you spent making it! It looks wonderful.

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    1. I'm just starting to forget the misery of the process in favour of my love of the outcome :-)

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  7. Ooh yes it is awesome!! It fits wonderfully, I think I've already mentioned I love that colour, and your styling is fab too. Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Sherry! I'm really partial to the colour also. It's actually very easy to wear.

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  8. Well done! Excellent fit and style.

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  9. I absolutely love the suit - and Wow! It fits you to a T! I mean it is fantastic - and your styling really makes it looks finished and modern.

    Your daughter definitely has an eye for photography. I'd love to hear your final thoughts. I wear suits all the time and have not yet dared to attempt it!

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    1. I love mixing up weird patterns (even if not all of them are immediately visible). It makes me feel bold :-) And next post (already written) will express my very truthful thoughts. You should totally make a suit. It will make you feel so sassy.

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  10. It looks fantastic! It fits you perfectly and I love the colour!

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  11. I think I may have bruised my jaw when it hit the floor. I knew that this was going to be pretty awesome from the dressform pics, but wow! Congratulations on such a work of art. :-)

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    1. What a wonderful compliment! Thank you B!

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  12. Totally worth the wait. You look amazing. Fantastic job. I bow down to you!

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  13. It's been a journey but you look fantastic in this suit! You've done an amazing job on this and I'm sure that you feel so proud wearing it...as you should!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn! I do feel proud :-)

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  14. Wow. That suit looks fantastic on you. I feel it was worth your pain or at least the pain of listening to you. 8-D Of course I am kidding. I hope you feel half as good as you look in it.

    PS-that was some planning, getting your suit finished in time to match your garden for photos.

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    1. Hilarious! If it was worth the pain of listening then it is one FINE end result :-)

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  15. Oh, I love it! I especially like it with the stripes. It gives off a young, fun feel.

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    1. I really like it with the stripes - it does feel fun to wear.

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  16. OMG! and Va-Va-Va-Voom. . . . oh, and I'm writing from France, so should I throw in an Oooh-la-la?! You look fabulous, your suit looks fabulous, and your garden looks pretty damn good as well. . .

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    1. So glad you like it - and the garden!

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  17. Vavavoum! Worth every bit of you fitting agony and hard work to resolve it.

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  18. It looks fantastic on you. I would be chuffed as well! I look forward to your wrap up post on this.

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  19. You look so sophisticated! The fit flatters your figure without looking as if you worked at it. This is a look that will command attention wherever you go. Congratulations.

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    1. Thank you Nancy. Sophisticated was what I was going for and I'm so glad it looks that way!

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  20. I don't really know what to say, of course everyone's said it all! This is epic! :D Awesome work!! :o

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    1. Johanna: I can't wait to see your first suit jacket! (whenever the time comes...)

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    2. Haha, give me a few years minimum. Oh wait a minute, maybe you should make one for me! Haha. No I'm kidding :)

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  21. Wowee, you look fab and it fits so beautifully.

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  22. Awesome suit. You look terrific, and the colour co-ordination with the garden is just scary. What a fabulous fit.

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    1. Isn't that weird?!? I swear, I didn't plan it consciously.

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  23. Amazing!
    could you please write about the different tools you used when altering the pattern and all? I love reading your explanations, and as a beginner without any formal education in sewing it appears there's a lot I just don't know about (french curve, to name one...)

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    1. Roni: Let me think about putting a post like that together. Something tells me lots of bloggers have said it better than I could - so perhaps I'll be able to link you to something good...

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  24. A. Maze.ing! Just fabulous. You look stunning and the suit is awesome. I'm running out of superlatives, but I hope you get the drift of just what a great job of this I think you've done. Congratulations.

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    1. Thank you so much Evie. Your continuing support has been so appreciated!

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  25. All that tsuris doesn't show at all and you look fantastic!

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    1. So glad you like it!! Thank you for all the feedback you provided to make it so much better than it would have otherwise been.

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  26. I've been following this saga but hadn't commented as sewing/tailoring isn't my strong suit (ha!) but WOW. It looks amazing. Well done!!!

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    1. I can't believe anyone who doesn't sew would bother reading this series but I'm grateful if you have (and it hasn't bored you to tears). Thank you!

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  27. Absolutely STUNNING! I just love it! Great job!!!

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    1. Debi: Thank you so much! (And so sorry about your lovely kitty. I've been thinking of you...)

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  28. I love it! I wouldn't worry about the number of posts, it's relative to the effort you've put into it. And you are right, that skirt gives great ass. Well done.

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    1. Well, the number of posts is relative to the effort. But still! Thanks Sera. Hope you are feeling well...

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  29. WOW! You look amazing! It's an absolutely fantastic suit! Totally worth all the effort-- you would NEVER be able to find something like this, in such a fantastic color, with a perfect fit, and great style, off the rack. Never.

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    1. I would never be able to find something that fits this well off the rack. That's very true! And now I have the luxury of forgetting about all the work. :-)

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  30. You. Look. Fabulous. What an awesome fit. SO (sosososososo) glad all the angst ended in a great result! :)

    Did I mention you look fabulous? (And good job to the kid on the photos!) :)

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    1. I am SO happy the angst has ended positively. Taran, the stress was HIGH. And thanks re: photos. I think she has some natural talent! (Maybe I'm biased??)

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  31. FANTASTIC. Well worth all the pain. You look incredible in it. Now make sure you actually wear it, and don't save it for best!!

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    1. I promise I will wear it all the time. Well, till it gets too warm and then I'll wait till fall and wear it all the time again!

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  32. Beautiful photos! It really is a gorgeously-cut jacket and so perfect on you. (I love your garden, too!)

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  33. You've got the right figure for that gorgeous suit you agonized over. Love it on you!

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    1. Belinda: What a lovely compliment. Thank you!

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  34. Absolutely stunning, you certainly look a million bucks in it too. Fantastic job. x

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  35. Hey, I new here! I have been looking for a fantastic jacket/skirt suit pattern. Is that the Starlet from Gertie? And the skirt? Thanks and please forgive my ignorance. It (and you) look fantastic!

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    1. This is the Starlet Suit jacket - though altered in armsyce and bust, buttons moved and lapel reshaped. I've also omitted the pockets. The skirt is V8640 - I've written extensively about both in the course of making this suit over the past 5 weeks. If you read back you'll find lots more info. Thanks!

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  36. I clicked over here from Sunni's post. This suit looks fantastic on you! You should be very proud.

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    1. Thanks so much for clicking over! And for your lovely comment.

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  37. Everything about this suit is perfect on you! It looks like only a custom made suit can! Brava brava brava!!!

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    1. Thanks Clio! Think about how fantastic your much muslined leather jacket will be. Can't wait to see that!

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  38. Unbelievable. You look fantastic. Confident. Draw dropping.

    Bravo.

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    1. Oooh, I love looking confident! Thank you!

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  39. The suit is so chic and you look amazing.
    Well done!

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  40. You look fantastic! Can you make me one???

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  41. Ah, Faye, you have a rich sense of humour! :-)

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  42. Stunning suit and truly excellent photography!

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    1. Thanks Wendy! I'm biased but, for all of her challenges with math, M is very artistic!

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  43. Absolute perfection! You wear it so well, it fits you like a dream, and I would never guess you had made this yourself without following you every step of the way. Brava, brava!!!!!

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    1. Jodi: What a tremendous compliment coming from you. Thank you so much!

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  44. I facking love it. The fit and colour are amazing.

    I think I have the same belt. Club Monaco from a few seasons ago?

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    1. That's it! Belt from Club Monaco! What a good eye you've got.

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  45. OMG that suit is absolutely gorgeous!!!! i can't believe you made it, it's stunning!

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    1. I can't believe I made it either!!! Thank you :-)

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  46. You look fantastic! I love the suit, the garden, and your confidence. The line about your skirt giving "GREAT ass" was hilarious. Well done! Congrats on all your hard work. :)

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    1. Honey, at my age, when the skirt gives good ass you have to celebrate it! :-)

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  47. I know it was a pain but WOW....just WOW! You should be very proud of yourself, you rock that suit!

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    1. Thank you S! I'm pretty pleased, have to say! xo

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  48. Sorry I missed so much of the saga, I will catch up someday. But the suit looks utterly fantastic on you. Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks M! I wondered what you would think!

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  49. Clapping! Bravo Kristin! It's beyoootiful, fits perfectly, is sexy and feminine at the same time and I just love it.

    Sorry to be late catching up on posts. I meant to not get behind again. There's been so much going on. But you're my first priority tomorrow after church!

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  50. WOW WOW WOW! This suit is so yummy! You nailed it ;)

    I am about to start my own Starlet Jacket but.... When I cut the pattern, I realized - it's marked wrongly! I found your blog while researching about other bloggers' experience. I read about the nightmares this pattern was for you. At this stage, I'll give the original pattern a chance. If not - might try another one.

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    1. I can only advise that you go slowly and be willing to make changes to the pattern to reflect your own fitting needs and to address the pattern errors. Wishing you a fabulous experience full of learning - and with a great jacket at the end!

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