I’m a big fan of using patterns as many times as possible. I’m working towards building up a core set of tried and true basic patterns for which I’ve worked out all the fit adjustments, that I know I can just pick up, cut and sew. My very own Pearson and Pope Agnes Skirt pattern is definitely one of them – I’ve now got a collection of almost ten Agnes Skirts! And I now realise that I’ve had a great collarless jacket pattern sitting in my pattern stash all along! And so, I made a skirt suit…
The fabric is a plain black ‘fancy’ fabric I got a long time ago, from Linton Tweed. It has a really beautiful texture which elevates the simple lines of this suit perfectly.
For the jacket, I paired it with a lightweight floral viscose lining, but I used a plain acetate lining for the sleeves so that it is easy to get it on and off!
The jacket is a Schnittchen Patterns Coco Jacket, which I’ve made once before. It’s a nice and simple make, and I think the only points of interest are that I inserted contrast flat piping between the facings and the lining, taped the centre front seam for extra stability, and inserted some lambswool sleeve heads.
The lining is bagged out and then turned through an opening in one sleeve.
I love the rounded neckline, which I think works well with scoop neck tops (provided the neckline is wider than that of the jacket – I plan to make some and use the jacket pattern to ensure they match it nicely!) as well as shirt collars.
I definitely plan to make this again in a nice bright tweed at some point, and jazz that version up with some pockets/trim. But I really love the plain simplicity of this black version and I think I’ll get a great deal of wear from it. It works well with both trousers and its matching skirt, so it’s a great piece for my working wardrobe.
As I’ve mentioned, the skirt is made from my own Pearson and Pope pattern, the Agnes Skirt. I drafted the original version of this pattern because I hadn’t come across exactly what I was looking for in a pencil skirt pattern and I really wanted a smart, lined, professional looking pencil skirt. Those features are exactly why I’ve made it over and over again. This version is made with a Petersham waistband facing rather than the original waistband. There’s a tutorial for this facing on the Pearson and Pope website, and it’s fast becoming my favourite waist treatment for the Agnes skirt, particularly for tweeds or thicker fabrics.