I’m a big Mad Men fan, but don’t tell me anything about the current season, because I only get to watch it when the dvds come out, so we can chat about it in 4 months or so.

In that vein, this post is appropriately a bit overdue. Back in Season 4, I grew very fond of the Dr. Faye character and I also fell in love with this skirted suit from the “Hand and Knees” episode.

Dr. Faye via Tom And Lornenzo

In some ways it seems more Banana Republic than 1960s, but then I found Simplicity 2154, a 1960’s reproduction pattern and though, it’s both!

Recently finding myself in need of a warm-weather appropriate suit for my DC trip, I pulled out the pattern and several yards of heavyweight linen from Z Fabrics and put this together over a weekend.

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The coat is a fairly boxy design, which I decided was maybe not the most flattering on me, so it’s belted in all these photos. Even if it’s not the best cut for me, I believe the fit is spot on. If you wanted to slim it up some, I recommend narrowing the side gusset over choosing an allover smaller size.

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The jacket has a fun construction, with the  front/back body and sleeve cut in a single piece, and an underarm gusset panel. Not counting the facings, the pattern in a total of 6 pieces. Attaching the top of the gusset to the underarm of the sleeve was a bit fiddly, but otherwise the jacket was very easy to sew. I actually had more issues with the pencil skirt (fitting ugh!).

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Because the jacket is unlined, I finished all the seams with either purchased bias tape (about 2 packages) or by self-hemming after I ran out of bias tape for the facings and underarm.

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I don’t often need to wear a suit, but with a lady suit like this in my wardrobe, I might find a few more excuses!

 

 

 

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