I have finally finished the Nina Ricci suit; a marathon sewing experience. Not for me the Great British Sewing Bee – complete a garment in a morning – experience. These items took hours and hours. Whole outfit – including the painted camisole – took at least 100 hours. Despite the hard work involved I really love this outfit. I like it so much I want to make another one! Well not the jacket, but another skirt on a camisole. And an overblouse. This will be my next SWAP project. In the meantime here are the photographs.
I will change the button so that the top matches the jacket. I will make a second overblouse in white.
Here is the A line skirt, with pockets in the front side seams. Can you see the little baby who is amusing me with his clapping? I love this outfit – it makes me feel fantastic. Silky, elegant, comfortable, 1960s Nina Ricci Paris couture. In a word chic. I think a green one would be nice, non?
The jacket is finished at last. I found some nice round silver buttons.
I lined the jacket with turquoise silk. It’s not hand painted but it is a lively colour and it is sewn neatly by hand. I am pleased with the look of the jacket.
Well here I am wearing the jacket to go to an important lunch. Teamed with my fuchsia skirt and a colourful 1970s vintage scarf, vintage Church’s shoes and a nice Ness bag I got in a charity shop
This is not a difficult pattern. Every step is, in itself, quite straightforward. I did skip the piped button holes due to a desire to get this finished for my deadline. But otherwise I followed the script precisely. It was a very satisfying experience, creating a couture garment. It was my second experience with a VPO designer pattern (I did a version of a YSL dress before), and I just loved it. It is a slow burn. This is not a “I whipped up a jersey dress in two hours on my overlocker” experience. It is not a modern garment. It is extremely comfortable to wear with its multiple silk linings. It fits perfectly and glides over the body. It looks terribly smart and pulled together and I feel enormous pride in wearing such a beautiful costume.
I guess you would like to see it all put together. Unfortunately I don’t have a hat or gloves yet!