I finished the Tippi Hedren inspired suit Saturday night, just in time for our Italy trip reunion on Sunday - we got together and shared photos and memories. I usually don't like to sew with a deadline, but I really wanted to finish my suit so our fellow travelers could see that I actually did something with the fabric that I forced them to admire as we left Rome. Here it is:
OK, I'm not quite the tall, willowly blond Tippi Hedren was.
But I am enormously pleased with this suit. As you can see, my winged collar isn't exactly like Ms. Hedren's, but I think I captured the essence. As you recall, I began with this pattern:
The Butterick pattern was published in 1963, and had fake pocket flaps, rather than patch pockets, and the jacket had no cuffs. The film was released in 1963, which means it was probably filmed in 1962. I recently trolled the internet for 1962 patterns and saw that the suits in 1962 did have the patch pockets and collars more like Ms. Hedren's.
Here's the back:
Whoops, I probably needed a little more pressing back there. The Carpenter didn't get a photo of the bottom of my dress - it's straight, with a back vent. Because the jacket is boxy, you need a straight skirt. A full skirt with a boxy jacket is not the most chic look.
This suit was a joy to sew, and my favorite thing I have ever made. I have high hopes that it will equally be a joy to wear - I certainly enjoyed wearing it this afternoon. While I usually don't like having self-imposed deadlines, I'm glad I did for this suit because it really is a cooler weather suit. There's nothing more deflating than working on a garment and then putting it away for six months before you can properly wear it.
All my posts on this project are here.
I anticipate wearing this jacket a lot, with jeans, if nothing else. I want to make another dress or a skirt to coordinate with the jacket. I'm thinking of this checked fabric:
(I believe it is some sort of rayon/silk blend.) I have until February 12th to wear my new suit to the Hollywood Exhibit at the VMFA and compare it to the original inspiration!