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First Suit

I made this suit for the Suit Variation Contest at BurdaStyle.  All pieces had to be made from burdastyle patterns that you had altered.  See the pictures  and vote here.  Mine are on pages 33-37, but look at them all!  Some of them are pretty amazing.

The theme for this suit is simplifying patterns.  Mainly because of my time constraints, since I only had 1 1/2 weeks to do all three pieces (and do them well).  Also, I wanted this to be something I could easily wear for business, so I didn’t want to go too crazy (I’m an engineer,  so it needs to look professional and not too artsy).


Made using the Steffi pattern.


  • eliminated the collar
  • for interest, I added a band around the neckline (which gave me tons of trouble!)
  • shortened 1.5″ in order to go a little better with the high waist on my skirt (it may not be quite short enough in fact)
  • used the sleeves from the Eva jacket, although they were altered to account for the lower shoulder seams in this pattern (also they were shortened which meant eliminating the cuff)
  • fully lined

Nothing too crazy, because I only had about 1 1/2 weeks to sew all 3 pieces.


Made using Kasia.


  • no pocket/pouch in the front, instead I attached the hip pieces directly to the skirt
  • added a band onto the hem
  • widened the waistband 1″
  • shortened 1.5″ because I’m short 🙂
  • moved the zipper to the back, used invisible zipper instead of regular
  • fully lined

Made using JJ.


  • not too much really, just eliminated the three smaller ruffles in favor of a big one down the middle
  • also finished all seams using french seams because of the fabric’s nature to unravel


Suit:Black twill weave, 80% wool, 20% rayon (I think)

Shirt: Silk habotai (100% silk)

all from Fabric Mart


Oh yeah, it fits me perfectly!  The dressform- not so much.  Unfortunately I have a really small bust… 😛

Whole Suit
(I forgot to wear my awesome platform t-straps from payless :()

Suit 4

Suit 1a

Suit 1c

Suit 1b

Suit 2c

Suit 2b

Suit 1

Back (sorry it’s crooked on the dressform)
Suit 5

Jacket – Steffi Variation

Steffi 9

Steffi 8

Steffi 10

Steffi 7

Steffi 12

Steffi 6

Steffi 4

Inside of Jacket – finished seams

Steffi unfinished 4

Skirt- Kasia Variation

Kasia 1

Kasia 2

Kasia 3

Back – Invisible zipper!!!
Kasia 4

Kasia 5

Kasia 6

Kasia 9

Kasia 10

Blouse – JJ Variation

JJ 1

JJ 2

JJ 3

JJ 4

Sorry- my bust is a bit smaller than the dressform
JJ 5

JJ 6

back of sleeves- cute little button closure
JJ 7

Inside oof blouse- french seams everywhere 🙂
JJ 8

7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 9, 2009 12:01 pm

    The jacket looks great! So clean and classy. Great job!

  2. January 14, 2009 8:19 pm

    Wonderful job.

  3. January 15, 2009 5:48 pm

    I read the review of your blouse on PR and followed link here. Your suit is really stylish but different. Nice work

  4. Christine permalink
    January 28, 2009 6:02 am

    Your Kasia is so elegant and sophisticated! I really like your alterations (ie. no pouch)!
    Your skirt looks great!

  5. December 22, 2009 4:32 pm

    Oh that shirt is beautiful . Did you do french seams on the arm hole ??? How is that possible ?

  6. March 30, 2010 3:28 am

    Love the suit great job.! Sheila

  7. June 3, 2012 11:22 pm

    Greetings from Brixham in Devon, UK!

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