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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several in my Mariette's Back to Basics LLC Boutique, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
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Friday, February 10, 2012

{My Sewing Creation}

As a door prize at one of the Rotary Club's District Conferences, I won 3 yards of woolen fabric... So out came the Burda patterns and I did sew this two piece suit. Completely lined in silk (from Britex Fabrics) with Japanese thread, and buttons, all from Britex Fabrics it turned out like this: 
This double breasted camel wool suit jacket has a lapel and welt pockets with a double flap.
Pencil skirt with slit in the back is above the knee.
Six buttons in the front of the longer styled jacket. 
That always covers your 'derrière' in a more flattering way. Another good detail that most high end labels implement. Every inch of fabric counts and those that offer cheaper versions, literally do cut corners at the expense of making us look less flattering.
Slit in skirt.
Six buttons on the sleeves...
The antique gold lapel watch you can see in detail at the very end...
Yes, complete with welt pockets and a double flap. That made this tricky construction even more of a challenge. Sure, I did study Fashion and Design but nevertheless, things don't come together easy. 
You can however make use of Mariette's Back to Basics 'Consulting Services:':←(click it) YOUR OWN CLOTHES, ONLY BETTER! Or Learn from Mariette: A Stitch in Time Wardrobe Care (click on hyperlink and scroll down).
Color, style, proportion, fit and more! Sure I can help you restyle your existing wardrobe to create a fresh, new look that’s right for you. For that I will peruse your existing wardrobe and suggest ways to alter selected garments for a better, more flattering fit. I will also provide personal shopping advice, giving tips on shopping with thrift and quality in mind.
  • Detail of the welt pockets with double flap as well as the sleeve slit with buttons.

  • Showing the skirt slit again.

  1. Lifted up my sweater enough so you could see the invisible zip and the way the waistband is done, with hook closure on the inside. 

  • Invisible zips are a true sign of any upscale garment and years ago I did master this technique.

  • Detail of welt pocket with double flap.

  • Double flap lifted up and you can see the pocket entrance.
  • Real functional pockets are another tell-tale sign of better quality garments.

  • Fully lined in pure silk from Britex Fabrics. You will find the hyperlink in the above text.
  • Any quality garment will be completely lined, as those are the tell-tale signs for the better work.
  • The cheaper brands will use a synthetic lining, partial lining or no lining at all.

This is my antique gold lapel watch with initial M on its pin.
Photos are taken on Sunday, January 29 after Church... with a headache as those were the days we were still unsure about my brother Harry's condition. He has been doing better and the fever, that came with his pneumonia after the double surgery, got knocked down. I only rely on information from a far distance and I stopped my daily calling. All your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated!

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  1. Dear Mariette,

    Your suit is fabulous and you have made such a perfect job and isn't it rewarding to make your own clothes, which fit so perfectly.
    I love your beautiful antique gold lapel watch with the initial M.

    Have a wonderful weekend

  2. Dearest Mariette
    That is just beautiful! Your background with fashion design surely shines through. I think few people would know how complex and time consuming making such a suit really is - the result is stunning. The pockets... exellent job Mariette!
    I am pleased to hear your brother is doing better and I hope for the continued good news. It must be a rather anxious time from afar.
    With much love,

  3. Dearest Mariette,
    what a lovely and beautiful Outfit! You did a wonderful and great job, sewing this! Al those Details, it could be from a very expensive Boutique!

    Have a lovely weekend!
    Sending love and hugs

  4. Hallo Mariette
    Wat kunt u mooi naaien alles is zo mooi afgewerkt.
    Gaat het al wat beter met u broer?
    Lieve groetjes Carine

  5. Dear Mariette,
    What a beautiful suit! You did an excellent job!

  6. Wat prachtig Mariette, dit pakje! Geweldig gedaan hoor!
    En nog beterschap voor je broer!
    Lg, Nicole

  7. dear Mariette
    creation is very beautiful. I have a similar and really enjoy when you wear ...
    Thank you for the notice I got from you, because I could not have committed to answer, but yes, you will advise on receipt.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    A big hug :)

  8. Liebe Mariette,

    ich freue mich, dass ich dich besuchen konnte.

    Herzliche Grüße

  9. congratulations! nice and clear, I really like the color ... you're very talented dear Mariette!

  10. Wat een mooi pakje heb je gemaakt!Leuke details!

    De stof had je gewonnen? Of heb ik niet goed gelezen?

    Ik krijg het koud als ik je korte rokje zie,bij ons mag daar een dikke panty en laarzen onder!Het vriest nog steeds behoorlijk hier!
    Maar de zon schijnt wel geregeld, en het is gezond!

    Helaas moest de schilder gisteren halverwege naar een andere klus.Hij kon ook niet goed verder,sommige dingen moeten eerst drogen.

    Dus hij komt straks weer terug!

    Maar goed, dan hebben we voor de lente toch wel alles netjes.Dat geeft een goed gevoel!!

    Fijne dag.

    Lieve groetjes van nichtje Thea ♥

  11. Wat knap van je !!! mooi gemaakt hoor tot in de details mooi afgewerkt ook......geweldig !!...liefs Ria...xxx..

  12. It's beautiful Mariette! Great work and very classy, I like it a lot!
    Have a fantastic weekend my friend!


  13. Oh I'm so happy to hear that Harry is doing better. As you know it will be a slow process but he is going to be OK.

    My friend that suit is gorgeous!! You did a fabulous job... The buttons are exquisite and your lapel watch is a wonderful treasure. You look elegant and with all that you were going through at the time.. when would not have known. You looked great!

    In thought and prayer, Blessings xo HHL

  14. Happy Friday Mariette. I am glad to hear that your brother is making progress. I am sure he will be back and forth for a while now but hopefully each day will become stronger. Your suit is absolutely beautiful. I can barely sew a button so am in awe of anyone who has a talent for sewing. Best wishes for the weekend. Tammy

  15. What a beautifully tailored classic! This is such fine workmanship! What wonderful skill you have!!


  16. Liebe Mariette,
    da bin ich hingerissen von deinen Fertigkeiten. Das ist perfekte Schneiderei und die Creation ist sehr elegant. Und steht dir toll. Die wunderschöne Uhr ist natürlich das erlesene Tüpfelchen auf dem i.
    Liebe Grüße, Johanna

  17. That is lovely - I love camel. And the buttons are fabulous, as is your pin. Have a wonderful weekend!

  18. Ohhhhhh my sweet friend, this is simply stunning and you look soooooo lovely sporting this beautiful outfit you so lovingly made, I love every single detail you have added....
    I only wish I could sew......

    Have a great weekend my friend....

  19. wat ontzettend mooi ,Mariette! dit prachtige camel mantelpakje. Wat knap dat je zo goed kunt naaien. Ik heb het geprobeerd, vroeger, maar knipte alles altijd al eerst verkeerd. Heb hooguit wat broekjes voor de kids genaaid en een keer op les een overgooier. Fijn dat de sjaal goed was! Ik ben druk bezig met nieuwekanten aanwinsten. Komt op blog zodra de gecrashte computer van manlief is gemaakt.Hartelijke groeten van Mieke

  20. wat ontzettend mooi ,Mariette! dit prachtige camel mantelpakje. Wat knap dat je zo goed kunt naaien. Ik heb het geprobeerd, vroeger, maar knipte alles altijd al eerst verkeerd. Heb hooguit wat broekjes voor de kids genaaid en een keer op les een overgooier. Fijn dat de sjaal goed was! Ik ben druk bezig met nieuwekanten aanwinsten. Komt op blog zodra de gecrashte computer van manlief is gemaakt.Hartelijke groeten van Mieke

  21. Splendid job! That suit is a classic and will last you along time !!!

  22. Very elegant. You did a wonderful job.

  23. Your suit is beautiful, very smart and elegant. Your sewing skills are excellent as I can imagine that would'nt have been easy. So rewarding to wear something and say 'I made it myself'!
    Glad to hear Harry is on the mend.

  24. Cara Mariette, sei veramente molto brava, caspita che rifiniture perfette! Bellissimo e molto raffinato anche il tessuto e il colore...un tailleur molto chic! Spero in una veloce guarigione per tuo fratello...noi continuiamo a pregare per lui! Un abbraccio pieno di neve dall'Italia, Anna

  25. Oh sweet Mariette!

    Don't you look beautiful in that suit! Very lovely. You look like a woman that is ready for anything.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  26. Liebe Mariette,
    schade, daß ich folgende Passage nicht gut übersetzen kann.
    Cut Corners ... sind die Taschenklappen gemeint? Das hätte mich wirklich interessiert.

    "That always covers your 'derrière' in a more flattering way. [...]. Every inch of fabric counts and those that offer cheaper versions, literally do cut corners at the expense of making us look less flattering."

    Ja, bei den Billig-Versionen wird eingespart, wo es nur geht. Ich bin überhaupt kein Freund davon. Laufe allerdings im Alltag ohnehin fast nur mit Outdoorklamotten herum. Röcke mag ich gar nicht, weil ewig die Oberteile rausrutschen und man ständig am Herumzupfen ist, und Kleider trage ich nur im heissen Sommer (sonst ist es mir zu kalt darin!) oder mal zum Ausgehen, was selten vorkommt. Ich mag am liebsten Jeans oder gute Stretch-Hosen und eben Outdoor-Shirts wie von J.Wolfskin, The Nordface ... meistens in Schwarz oder Rot, meine Lieblingsfarben. :-) Bin aber auch ein sportlicher und kein so damenhafter Typ und das paßt am besten zu mir. Damit fühle ich mich jederzeit wohl. Was ich auch wichtig finde, daß die Sachen pflegeleicht und schnelltrocknend sind. Denn so gern ich Wolle auch mag, aber sie läuft oft ein und das Trocknen dauert und ist umständlich. Eigentlich schade ...

    Deine Energie bezüglich Handarbeiten muß ich wirklich bewundern, liebe Mariette! Und diese Sorgfalt der Details! - Wie Du das neben dem großen Haus und großen Garten und dem Bloggen auch noch schaffst! Denn man hat doch noch so viel Anderes zu tun, z.B. die täglichen Mahlzeiten und Einkäufe allein schon ... oder kochst Du nicht selbst? Ich hätte schon die innere Ruhe nicht bei all dem, was man so um die Ohren hat ... mich da auch noch hinzusetzen ... schon die Zeit am Computer fällt mir schwer zu sitzen ...
    Liebe Grüße


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