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A 1917's Suit Ensemble, Part One - Skirt

The lead up to Napier Art Deco was a whirlwind of sewing. I managed to make a chemise, corset, and blouse with a couple of weeks to spare, but the look would not be complete without a skirt. I already had my hands on the 1917s suit pattern from Wearing History as I had been planning this ensemble for a while.

When I was originally brainstorming, my first decision in terms of fabric was whether I wanted a light summer suit, or a heavy winter one. I ended up settling on a linen suit so I could complete the coat for next year's summer deco event. I couldn't say no to this amazing striped linen from Draper's Fabrics - it was a perfect match for my favourite inspiration images!

Did I mention how in love with this fabric I am? This type of linen stripe is made by individually dyed threads, so I could be sure the grain lay with the pattern. It was the perfect weight, and had such a nice drape - not too heavy, and not too light. The only thing I regret is not trying harder to matc…

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