Saturday, April 7, 2012

My Marlene Suit


This is my best Marlene Dietrich pose.  Though nobody makes looking serious and stern look as glamorous as Marlene:

 Photo from a great Quality Time post on vintage trousers

I shared a couple of weeks ago that I've been inspired to make up a suit inspired by Marlene Dietrich for the Sew Cinematic challenge

The jacket from this outfit was made using McCall 3260 from 1939 blogged about here.


The trousers are my favourite TNT (Tried 'n True) pattern, a Simplicity reissue (3688) from 1941.  I also used this pattern for the One Week, One Pattern challenge and this is my fourth make of these trousers.  I got this lightweight British wool on a super duper fantastic sale at a local fabric store and bought just enough to make the jacket.  After a week of thinking about the jacket, I decided I should go get some more of the fabric since it was such a ridiculous deal to make matching trousers.  I went back to the store and luckily, they still had some of the fabric and I ended up buying the rest of what they had!  I think I might have enough leftover to make a matching skirt!


We took these photos in a lovely church garden in Edinburgh and also at Calton Hill.  In the church garden, the most adorable pussycat came up to us.



What a love! How cute is this kitty?


I wore a basic white shirt and borrowed one of David's ties and wore my brown beret to complete the look.  I really love it!  In the above photos, I've put my hair up in the beret but I also like how it looks down as well.


There's something about a suit that gets me every time!  I intend to wear this one a lot.  I am really happy with the construction of the jacket and I think these are the best trousers I've made yet!  Thanks Marlene for the inspiration!

78 comments:

  1. Brilliant outfit, and so cool that you've made your own suit!

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  2. HouseofpinheiroApril 07, 2012 8:38 PM

    Debi, the outfit is stunning. X

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  3. This is sheer brilliance, you look amazing, love the first shot, Marlene would be proud x

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  4. It looks really great!

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  5. Wow that is a most fabulous outfit! I love Marlene! Good job lovely x

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  6. Great suite - it's looks like it fits amazingly. Great fabric too.

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  7. You look so fabulous!!! I absolutely love it. Wonderful.

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  8. LeighAnn PhillipsApril 07, 2012 9:09 PM

    it looks fantastic on you!  I love the color of the tie!

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  9. WOW!!!!! I am on my knees worshipping you right now. I love that first picture ( all of them of course but your Marlene impression is perfect ) such a great look and you totally nailed it. The suit is amazing. I bet it will get a lot of wear as a two piece and as separates. Awesome wardrobe staple. Absolutely love it.

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  10. Gorgeous!!  This looks great!

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  11. This is so gorgeous, and it's really a great look on you!

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  12. Debi, this looks just fantastic on you!  You pull off wearing a tie very well, and though this look may be masculine inspired, you still look so very feminine.

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  13. You look FANTASTIC!!! Oh my heavens, Debi, what an absolutely brilliant job you've done! You've gotten Marlene to a T!! 

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  14. I love the drama in these photos.  Great make!

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  15. this is outstanding Debi. The look, the style, all of it. Including the little Tuxedo Cat, he is dressed up for the photo shoot too! 

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  16. You've blown me away with this outfit Debi! I just love how chic it is and even though it is very feminine and sexy, I adore the androgynous edge!

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  17. Bravo! Looks great and I'm with you - having a suit just looks so much more polished. I'll have to pull out some patterns too.

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  18. The words that I said upon seeing this outfit cannot be reprinted here, but there was a HOLY and something equivalent to CANNOLI. This outfit is AMAZING.Debi, your craftswomanship is outstanding!!! Your Dietrich poses = brilliant.  Love love love!

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  19. The Darling HomemakerApril 08, 2012 12:09 AM

    Hello there,
    I am one of your new followers. You make the suit look gorgeous. In my opinion, you look much more gorgeous than Marlene.

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  20. Such a gorgeous suit! I'm so jealous .. so wish I had the skills to make this myself.

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  21. Your suit is stunning!  Great job matching your plaids too.  

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  22. You look AMAZING! Totally capturing the Dietrich essence!

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  23. Gina Vintage girlApril 08, 2012 2:59 AM

    Debi, this one just blew me away! I LOVE THIS SUIT!!!! IT's just so pretty! I bought the pattern for the pants and need to make them, you are so talented my dear!

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  24. Love it!  It's so attractive. The pants are particularly flattering.

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  25. That is a gorgeous ensemble. I love the fabric, and those buttons somehow make the whole outfit. Beautifully styled as well.

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  26. Debi you look fantastic in this outfit, it's a perfect look for you!! 

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  27. Absolutely stunning, not only is that an amazing job but you really suit that style!

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  28. I love this so much.  Spectacular!

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  29. Carmen Bouchard SalvanApril 08, 2012 9:00 AM

    Great pantsuit. Love the fit and the matching checks! Congratulations!

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  30. CharlottepowellbrooksApril 08, 2012 9:43 AM

    utterly fantastic!! Better with a smile although super cool without! Happy Easter Debi

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  31. Wow! You look amazing!

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  32. Wow am very impressed and you cary it off so well. 

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  33. You look amazing, Debi! The suit is stunning :)

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  34. this is so fabulous!! love it :)

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  35. Fantastic suit and you looks gorgeous, very Marlene ;) xx

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  36. Oh, it's such a great look, you look amazing!

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  37. Debi, you've done an impeccable job, absolutely gorgeous

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  38. Brava! I love a suit, especially handmade & vintage. You look incredible.

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  39. Debi, you are a sewing MACHINE!!!!  I can't believe you can turn out such an amazing looking suit so quickly.  Fabulous!

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  40. That suit in an absolute triumph! Perfect fabric and the construction just can't be faulted.  Is the jacket lined too?

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  41. You look wonderful! So glamorous! Great job!

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  42. That is a beautiful, beautiful suit and you look fantastic in it!

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  43. Lovely' lovely suit.

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  44. oranges_and_applesApril 08, 2012 7:02 PM

    we took pictures on those steps on calton hill just last weekend when i was back. Never been into the church garden though!

    and the suit looks awesome, of course!

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  45. Wow gorgeous!  You have been sewing up a storm recently - I can't believe you just whipped up this suit! Fabulous!

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  46. Fabulous photos! You look Uh-mazing Debi!

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  47. Wow, I love those pants, the wide leg really suits you, and the jacket is beautiful too - great work!  Lovely photo shoot as usual!

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  48. Wow, how easy was that to leave a comment!  Usually on blogger you have to jump through hoops - wow - what did you do!?

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  49. You look stunning, Debi! You're my favorite Marlene, and the suit is a gorgeous piece of work. Well done!

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  50. This looks fabulous on you!!  Very Marlene D!

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  51. This is my favourite version of the trousers - you did an impeccable job of matching the wool's pattern up, and the details on both pieces is great.   Thanks for consulting me on the buttons - glad you decided on your first instinct, which was right as always.   
    Fun photo shoot!

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  52. Wow, wow... just WOW. You look amazing! What a gorgeous suit, and so flattering on you!

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  53. Fabulous! Marlene would be proud :)

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  54. whoah debi!!! holy EVERYTHING!!! this is amazing, you just made the jump to lightspeed (and you were already rocketing along).  i hope to catch up to you someday...

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  55. Fan-lippin-tastic, as always, Debi!

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  56. Excellent! And love the tie!

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  57. You ARE Marlene in this shoot!  And yet totally modern, too. What a great suit! (Pants do get easier over time, don't they?)

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  58. I'm pretty sure this suit could give the cat a run for its money in terms of posh-ness, which is saying a lot since tuxedo cats are about as posh as they get! I really like your fabric choice and that jacket looks amazing!

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  59. I am in love with your suit. 

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  60. You look smashing!

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  61. pincushiontreatsApril 10, 2012 5:13 PM

    Your suit is phenomenal. Those pockets! Matching the pattern there? Whoa.

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  62. Oh wow, Debi, this is fabulous. You certainly had some great inspiration and I just love what you've done with it. The first picture is priceless, and I think you look great. Another job well done! Now I want to make a suit of my own!

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  63. WOW!!!! just amazing!!! you are my very very favorite sewing blogger!! 

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  64. Love this look on you, Debi! Extremely awesome xxx

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  65. LOVE your outfit! Actually didn't recognize that the picture was of you. Thought it was a genuine vintage photo :)

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  66. I love this outfit SO much!!!

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  67. Wow! I love this outfit. You look fantastic.
    -Andi x

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  68. too fabulous for words!  great job on a wonderful project.

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  69. Agreed! I wish everyone sewed with such attention to detail.

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  70. Oh my! This is such a special outfit. So authentic and so classy. It suits you down to the ground :-)

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  71. You always look A-MAZING!!!! So cinematic! xxx

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  72. Absolutely DIVIINE, Debi!! You capture the look marvelously.

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  73. This is beyond amazing. I will bookmark the pattern, but I have small hopes of ever finding it. Have you run across any that are similar in style? You look incredible!

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I read each and every comment--thank you so much!

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