May 28, 2015

1940's Brown Summer Suit

A few weeks ago I mentioned how the first go at a certain brown jacket had gone rather poorly, this was the second attempt! I am in love with this little suit! It turned out just as I had hoped! I even did hand sewn buttonholes for this jacket, which I had never done before. I used an excellent tutorial from Tasha of By Gum, By Golly and upholstery thread, as it looked to be the right weight/twist (and even matched the brown fabric perfectly, sheer luck as the thread only came in five colors!). Now I am a huge fan of hand bound buttonholes, they were a lot easier than I thought they would be! I will defiantly be using them on jackets or other heavier weight items I sew in the future.

I can wear this jacket with both this matching brown pencil skirt, and with my olive green pencil skirt, as the sleeve fabric is the leftover fabric from making the skirt. I buy a lot of cotton twill from Joanns, I just bought more of this same olive green shade to make my jodhpurs! Which means this jacket will match my new jodhpurs too, though I don't know if that might look silly.

I checked the mail on the way out to the nearby location of our local botanic gardens to see of this brooch had arrived and it had, just in time! It was a steal at just $10 bucks on etsy, I couldn't resist it! Whenever I get the chance to add anything Egypt related to my vintage collection I take it. Plus it looks great paired with my other "ivory" items (none of which are real ivory I assure you) like my carved celluloid necklace and earrings. 

The hosiery I have on here are another pair of What Katie Did seamed pantyhose. I bought two pair for this upcoming summer, nude with black seams and nude with brown seams. These are the brown pair and as usual they are excellent quality. I have taken to following What Katie Did's instructions to a T and wearing latex gloves when putting these on. For the price (quite an investment for me) I'd rather take every precaution not to snag them!

Jacket: Made by me
Skirt: Made by me
Hat: Vintage (etsy)
Necklace: Vintage (etsy)
Earrings: Vintage (etsy)
Brooch: Vintage (etsy)
Shoes: Nine West
Hosiery: What Katie Did


  1. Oooohh, what an elegant, classy ensemble. I love every last piece of it, including the fact that your brooch's shape somewhat mirrors that of your hat. You really look amazing and are making me dream about owning a brown skirt suit (or set) more than ever!

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Thank you so much Jessica! I think I will be needing a long sleeved version in wool for next fall, I never thought I would like brown so much! I used to be a black only person, but slowly my wardrobe is becoming more colorful.

  2. This outfit is divine, and I love every element of it! It makes me think I don't have enough brown... Kx

    1. Thank you! I am surprisingly warming up to brown, I want a darker brown skirt next...

  3. You look fabulous in this suit and the jacket has turned out perfectly! Great hat too!


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