I was determined to crack on with my Pucci pant suit.
I had already toiled the pants so making them up was a quick job. I decided to reduce the high waist by 2″, which means they nestle down on the low waist rather than coming up very high. I think maybe I should have only shortened them by 1″. The fit is nice, and I think the shape and style is true to the 1960s. The Pucci pattern, Vogue 2333, has a wide legged trouser, but I tapered the leg to look more like the Pucci pattern that I don’t own.
I really enjoyed working with the faux dupion. I rarely work with polyester but this one looked indistinguishable from the real thing. It frayed a little more, but I dealt with this by overlocking before I started. The pants are just two pieces – each back and front leg section has a front dart, a back dart and a side seam dart. They feature a CB zip (I used an invisible one). The simple construction and the pliable but firm cloth meant these trousers went together in a matter of minutes. The pattern (V 2333) was a bargain because the trouser facings were missing. I had intended to make fresh facings, but due to the low cut of the pants I just used a piece of yellow bias binding. I machine stitched the hem as these will be covered by the trimmings. I have to admit that I was influenced in the shape and colour of these trousers by a pair of pink silk Schiaparelli trousers I saw at the Women, Fashion, Power exhibition this time last year. I wish I had her sunglasses and their lovely Parisian case.
I took some of the flare and fullness out of the tunic, but not too much. I added a couple of back darts as it was a bit too full. I considered changing the neckline but in the end went with the high round neck as the Galatzine outfit that I covet has a high round neck, with the trimming creating the depth. I kept the side splits but won’t decorate them as I prefer a plainer look. I omitted the collar and sleeves, and made facings instead. I used an invisible zip.
I actually like all the trimming ideas. The sweet peas are just being held against the pink, but they might look lovely if I separated them and mixed up the colours. I like the bright blue with big pink flowers although it’s not really right on this occasion. The silver trims are all nice and with a few beads I think I could put a good look together. But I am afraid the vintage sari trim wins hands down. Even though the mitering is a bit wonky I just love it.
I am going to change my schedule, just a little. I will now be posting on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.