I know I am not the only one who makes better decisions for clothing under pressure. Mind you, I did not say make better clothes— I said, make better choices. When given too much lead time to decide on the outfit for an event, and then to go all out with the fabric and findings choices, I tend to overthink, and second guess myself. Although, the color was set, since it was an all-white event, the pattern choices were many, and the fabrications were all over the place. Should I do silk, cotton, knits, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, you know the drill.
It was a toss up between this Guy Laroche Pantsuit- Vogue 2937, the Guy Laroche Dress- Vogue 2899, or the Donna Karan Strapless peplum pantsuit- Vogue 1076. You see the one I chose. It was easy to pick, since the dress was way too dressy for me and I wasn’t feeling that high neckline in 100 degree weather.
The Strapless was on top of my list and would have gone very well with my white linen, or even my white dupioni silk. Again, though, my reservations were only due to my tendency to feel just a tad more covered up on the top. HAHAAAAA!!! you say, the peplum suit is no where near modest!!!! HA—HA—HA!!! Well, with the changes I made, I think I was able to leave just a teeny bit to the imagination and keep it “Classy with a bit of Sassy.”
The Bash was a classy affair for all birthday attendees. I danced a few rounds and stayed cool because I lined the suit with a soft lightweight rayon knit, which is normally used for lining panty crotches. (Go figure, right?) A few of my friends and family came along to celebrate. My sister was on point as usual in her RTW dress. She can make anything look awesome.
I totally redesigned this jacket as follows:
- Front was redrawn to create an overlap for more coverage
- Drape Overlay- disregarded because it was too much fabric over the bust
- Front closure- became a center back invisible zipper because of the overlap
- Knit swiss dot lace mesh overlay on the bodice and back
- Sleeves- disregarded all together (mostly because I ran out of time…but it turned out it was better in the long run.)
- Peplum was self-lined as required but finished so all seams were enclosed
- Lengthened the front by 1″
- created an overlap at the center front of 2″ which covered for the FBA
- No true FBA was done as I had planned.
- Took a 3/4″ wedge out of back to avoid gapping. (See right pic above..piece #5)
The fabric is an Eileen Fisher Ponte knit. The pants grew quite a bit as the night carried on, and became a little baggy compared to the photo I took before the night started below.The movement put a little more pressure on the front closure, which was just a little tacking I used to keep it closed. I had not thought out a solution to keep the front from going all the way to my navel.