We are more than delighted to be a part of this year’s Refashioners, not only as sponsors but also as bloggers! If you’re not familiar with the concept yet, you can read more about the Refashioners on this web page. The theme (suits!) is also absolutely thrilling this time around! Unfortunately suits, like so many fashion items that we consider timeless classics, are actually often very trend-sensitive (compare the 80’s loose-fitting, mega-shoulder-padded-double-breasted suit to today’s slick and slim-fit suit and you’ll get the point), and to see all that quality fabric go to waist unused at a flea market is such a pity. So upcycling some old suits into something new is not only an inspiring, but also a smart idea.
Well, we begun our trip to the refashioning by touring some local flea markets in Helsinki, since we didn’t have any old suits of our own at hand. Finding used suits at any thrift shop was an easy task, but finding ones with a nice quality, non-stained and completely worn out fabric was a bit harder! Eventually we found a suitable two-piece pinstripe suit, and a separate pair of trousers to match, both in classic gray.
We unpicked the seams of both of the pants, and there was pretty much nothing left of them after we had cut out all of our pieces. From the jacket we only used the sleeves and part of the back, which was a pity since now we have a front of a suit left with no idea what to do with it! A matching hat maybe?
For the pattern we chose the Agate dress from our new collection, since it already has quite small and slim pattern pieces that would be easy to cut out of the legs of the pants. The pattern still required some chopping in order to be cut out of such small pieces, so we slashed the side pieces at the waist, and the front and back pieces diagonally a bit above the waist. Eventually the cut turned out very nice, and playing with the horizontal, vertical and diagonal pinstripes was a lot of fun!
We also took the original buttons from the coat, and used them at the back of the dress (not the most handy closure for a close-fitting garment, but looks pretty and matches well with the vintagy look of the dress!)
The only thing we had to buy new, was the invisible zipper for the vent, and the interfacings.
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Saara & Laura from Named