I’ve been wanting to try a red suit jacket and pants outfit for a while…

So the other day I decided to purchase some fabric and a pattern to try a DIY red suit jacket and pants project.

Today is the eve before the December 25th holiday celebration. I really should be finishing up my cleaning and preparing; but I thought I’d try to fit in this post while I take a break from clearing away furniture so I can vacuum and shampoo the carpet. I hate carpeting, but when you’re renting you have no control over what kind of floor you get. Anyway, the fabric I ordered to make my red suit jacket and pants arrived yesterday, so I have no excuse for not getting some sewing done over the next few days. If you’ve read any of my past posts then you know I bought myself a sewing machine last year and used it to make all sorts of ridiculous things like these red dresses:

making a red dress number two image 1making red dress experiement 1 photo 6

And these salmon-colored crepe de chine dresses…

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And this green floral dress…

making a dark green floral print fitted mini dress image 1making a dark green floral print fitted mini dress image 7

I was just experimenting with things I was making straight out of my head while gaining practice with the sewing machine. By now you’d imagine I should be a pro at using the sewing machine; but you’d be wrong. Maybe if I had kept on sewing I’d have picked up a few tricks by now, but I haven’t used the sewing machine in months so it’s kind of like I’m going to be starting over again. But this time I’m going to try to make something from a pattern.

I’ve never made anything from a pattern before and I have no idea how to use a pattern; but I’m hoping it’s not going to prove to be too complicated.

This is the pattern I’ll be using to make the red suit jacket and pants…

B6930 Butterick lifestyle wardrobe suit jacket pants skirt pattern

I will also be making the top shown. So I’ll be making (or attempting to make) the jacket, and the pants out of red fabric, and the top out of black fabric. I have quite a bit more fabric than I will need I think, so maybe I’ll even get some skirts out of it. We’ll see how it all works out.

The red fabric that I bought is a polyester crepe fabric. I bought 4.5 yards of it. I’m sure I’ll get the hang of things eventually and have a better idea of how much fabric I need for what. But extra fabric can’t hurt. The black fabric is a polyester duchess satin fabric.

red crepe black duchess satin fabric

I’m not sure if the fabric I bought for the top was the best choice. It feels a bit coarse and hard; but the description on the fabric.com website says it’s perfect for making blouses, dresses and skirts so I’m going to have to take their word for it. We’ll see how it all turns out.

I probably won’t get started on this until Sunday or Monday. I’m actually looking forward to it and can’t wait to start.

Happy Holidays to all.


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