|I LOVE the pocket detail on her jacket!|
Ever since my visit to Bletchley I've wanted to try out making a 'make do and mend' suit. Today I was passing a charity shop and found this beautiful 3 piece suit in a navy stripe flannel. It's 100% wool and beautifully tailored enough that I want to rescue it, but not so much that it's a crime to reinvent it. There's something about pure wool flannel that is so tactile, strong and soft at the same time that is magical. I'm hoping the 2cm chalkstripe (no its not a pinstripe. Pinstripe is a single thread thickness, chalkstripe is thicker) will give me a change to do some interesting design details with the stripe.
I'm going to start with the skirt, because its easier and less can go wrong. I'm thinking if I can make it fit into the trouser legs I'll do a six gore pattern, as my thighs are my most problematic area and six gores gives a much more flattering shape than the four panel skirts shown above. I want something like the khaki one below. I'm hoping there's enough length in the trousers to give me extra panels. Of course everything will have to be carefully patterned and toiled, there's no option to buy more fabric if something goes wrong, but at least the waistcoat should provide some extra help if needed.