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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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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

{Raw Silk Purchased in Hong Kong for Sewing THIS}

Traveling to International Conferences gives you a great opportunity for some special shopping. Such was the case when we went to Hong Kong and I got to purchase some lovely Raw Silk. Very soft, not that thin and it drapes perfect. So look what I created from my fabric...
A short cropped jacket with elbow length sleeves over a narrow skirt.
This is from a Burda pattern in a size 4 or European 34.
I used antique buttons as a garnish.
The entire suit is lined in black silk from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. 
My top is a knit rayon by Escada.
I do wear a Chanel belt through the added on belt loops.
+Wolford panty hose and Italian Bruno Magli patent leather shoes from the Outlet.
Yes, that wasp catcher behind me will get painted white one of these days...
There are two pockets sewn on in the back and the skirt has a center slit.
Yes, I did match the plaids in all seams...
This raw silk fabric is a bit slubby.
Detail of the antique button...
And my Rado coupole watch that we bought tax free at Singapore airport. 
Later I added the wrist band as it came with a black leather one.
Bracelet is white and yellow gold from Costco wholesale.
Lots of topstitching done on this suit; all with Japanese silk thread from Britex Notions.
Meet the photographer Pieter in his cotton plaid shirt with linen Zegna jeans from the Outlet.

Related link:
{BRITEX FABRICS & NOTIONS} | previous post by me with links to Britex San Francisco

43 comments:

  1. Looking so pretty dear Mariette :)

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      Guess we keep each other young and in top shape!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Wonderful, dear Mariette!
    Have a wonderful new week!
    Love and hugs
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      Thanks for your compliment and wishing you too a lovely new week.
      Hugs and love,
      Mariette

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  4. Liebe Mariette,
    das hast du toll genäht. Schicker Schnitt, ganz ideal für dich. Sehr elegant, Madame Coco Chanel hätte es sofort in ihre Kollektion aufgenommen. Und passt perfekt zu Pieters Hemd. Ihr seid ein schickes Paar.
    Liebe Grüße, Johanna

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    1. Liebe Johanna,
      Danke für soviel Lob! Madame Coco Chanel war während meine Zeit auf die Fashion Schule ein grosses Vorbild. Sie ist von ganz arme Eltern und hat es mit ihren Stil sehr weit gebracht und noch immer wirkt es durch. Es ist auch zeitlose Elegance.
      Wir sind international immer bekannt gewesen um unseren Partner look; so weit es möglich war. Oft nur mit eine passende Krawatte im gleichen Muster oder Farbe aber immer etwas. Oft habe ich gesehen dass nur die Frau gerne gut gekleidet sein möchte aber Mannlieb lief da irgendwie verloren... Viele Paare sehen nicht wie ein wirkliches Paar aus. Es zeigt schon sehr viel über die Frau wie sie ihrem Mann kleidet da es meistens nicht anders herum ist.
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  5. You had me at "Chanel," dearest Mariette :-) How lovely you look, and those legs, those legs. I don't think I could have worn that skirt even as a teenager. You have been blessed by nature, Dutch lady! :-) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. Dearest Véronique,
      Thank you for your compliments... Oui, oui with 'Chanel' I certainly can draw you near... It is such pretty and classy work that they produced and still manage to produce. Another incentive for keeping your waist 'valid' for enjoying such a belt! But on the other hand; I never smoked, never drank so I could indulge in some couture pieces for life!
      Yes, I have been genetically blessed but I also managed to live a disciplined lifestyle and it paid off as since my age of 15 I have not changed.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Liebe Mariette,

    ich hatte mich vertippt.
    Das ist eine tadellose Leistung.

    Alles Gute
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Danke für dein Kompliment! Das ist super wie du es formuliert hast.
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  8. Ma lo sai Mariette che sei fantastica?! eccezionale anche come stilista... magnifica questa mise e la cintura Chanel è il tocco magico!
    Have a great week! Love
    mimma

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    1. Carissima Mimma,
      Grazie mille per le tue parole; mama mia... Sì davvero la cintura Chanel è il tocco magico e gustola muchissima. È un buon motivo per mantenere il mio girovita stretto!
      Happy new week and lots of love,
      Mariette

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  9. Prachtig gemaakt pakje Mariette, je bent echt een kunstenares. Het jasje zo bloezend maken en al die boorden erlangs naaien! En een echte CC riem erbij, wow. Lang geleden heb ik veel genaaid, maar om een of andere reden ben ik ermee opgehouden. Met een baan en kinderen had ik er kennelijk geen tijd meer voor en kleren kon je zo veel makkelijker kopen.

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Ja, het was best een opgave om dit keurig òp de ruit in elkaar te stikken en ook allemaal die sierstiksels. Maar het is me gelukt en ik draag dit pakje graag. Ja, die echte CC riem kochten we ooit op vakantie in Florida bij de Chanel boutique. Als je nooit rookt, nooit drinkt dan kan zoiets af en toe... en het is een erg goeie incentive om je taille te behouden! Zelf naai ik nu ook niet meer sinds we de Outlets hier ontdekt hebben; het loont zich niet meer en ook de tijd wordt steeds schaarser lijkt het... Aanpassen en wegwezen is zóveel gemakkelijker!
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  10. Wow you created such a lovely outfit! But the first thing caught my eyes was your long legs :-) You look very beautiful! The watch is very lovely, too. Very elegant design. I love it!

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Thank you for your generous compliments! Having long legs is a bonus but for finding fitting jeans that were long enough took me years. I've cried because my favorite Jordache jeans never fit me. Now with the Escada Outlets (German designer brand) I solved that problem as they are long enough with 32" inseam.
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Fernando,
      Thanks for your compliments.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. Dear Mariette,
    you both look so preety and elegant!!!
    What a beautiful outfit you had created!!
    But i love your Chanel belt!!!
    Your watch reminds me ,one my dad brought to my beloved mum,from Singapore!
    Have a lovely new week!!!Hugs!!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Thank you so much for your generous compliments.
      Oh sure for the newest designer watches or any jewelry, Singapore was like PARADISE! Certainly for your Dad being in the travel industry he could take advantage of it; as we did with all our international consulting work.
      Enjoy a lovely new week yourself as well.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. Liebe Mariette,
    das Komplet sieht einfach toll aus. Sehr gediegen
    und vornehm.
    Auch dein Pieter sieht gut aus.
    Einen schönen Abend wünscht dir
    Irmi

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    1. Liebe Irmi,
      Danke für die Komplimente, auch Pieter gegenüber!
      Eine schöne Woche und alles Liebe,
      Mariette

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  14. Hi Mariette, Your suit is lovely and of course I adore black and white. Great pics. I love your watch. Being a watchaholic, I love to chance them out with my outfits.
    Thank you for the comment. Yes, today is a day that marks 15 years since my dad left this earth for a much better place. We are very thankful for having had him in our lives.
    Have a nice week.
    Hugs

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    1. Dearest Celestina Marie,
      Thank you for your compliments and funny enough but black and white I have always loved very much! Oh, through our travels as International Consultants we have purchases some great designer watches tax free; that helps for adding some in different colors etc.
      It is a blessing for having or even for having had our Parents! The fond memories last for the remainder of our lives.
      Happy week to you.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  15. Dearest Mariette,
    You look GORGEOUS in that outfit!!!!! And your legs are spectacular!!!
    Have a wonderful week, my friend! Take care! Big hugs from the Alps :)

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    1. Dearest Anna,
      THANK you; grazie mille!
      Well, I cannot complain about my 'old' legs; they served me well for over six decades now. I feel blessed with them as with my feet. Today I walked with Pieter; we enjoyed it!
      Hugs to you and happy new week.
      Mariette

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  16. Dearest Mariette,
    Your short cropped top and dress suits you well. The chanel belt finishes the outfit off. The watch looks good with the gold band. The photo of the photographer Pieter makes him very smart indeed. The colours suits alot of people and makes your legs look very long.
    Hugs and love to you always!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Thank you very much for your lovely comment. This suit has always been a joy to wear.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  17. You look great as usual, and damn you have nice legs.

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Thank you girl and about my legs, I cannot change my genetics...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. My dear friend Mariette,
    You look gorgeous in those beautiful clothes you created, you and Pieter are a charming couple. Lots of hugs to you with love
    Laura :-)

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    1. Dearest Laura,
      Thank you for your sweet comment. Like you, I love to create things!
      Hugs and love to you.
      Mariette

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  19. Dear Mariette,

    I am happy to see you looking so good on the photo! Hope you have recovered from the surgery?! Your new outfit looks beautiful on you! Pieter matches you perfectly :-)

    Wishing you a happy day!

    Madelief x

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    1. Dearest Madelief,
      This photo has been taken before but I'm working hard on getting back to this stage! Each day is a gain.
      Thank you for your sweet comment and may God keep you and your two daughters at Peace in this difficult time!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  20. Hola Mariette. Te veo de fábula con tu precioso traje, disfrutando del dia maravilloso que parece hacer.
    Que sigas teniendo muchos días como este. Besos.

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    1. Querida Enma,
      Días con sol y con cosas especiales que disfrutamos siempre nos levantan. Gracias por ser l'amiga que eres!
      Cariñosamente,
      Mariette

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  21. Dearest Mariette, I had to come by and see the full post. The suit is so lovely and your craftsmanship is very evident. When I first saw the photo of Pieter, I thought you had made a silk shirt for him. Then I saw the comment. You are both looking great.
    Love to you, Ginger

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    1. Dearest Ginger,
      Thanks for your praise. Well, I had three years of formal education in fashion so I can design after just a photo in a magazine... but I quit doing this when I discovered those Premium Outlets with designer clothes. So much easier to try on; whey in love with it, you buy it at a fraction of the original cost and with no effort.
      During our time as international consultants we dressed a lot in partner look; as much as I could pull it off, I did. We got a reputation because of it. Guess my fashion design always did shine through...
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  22. Sprakeloos...wat een mooi pakje heb je genaaid. en ik blijf het fantastisch vinden dat je nog steeds in maatje 34 pas....dat had ik volgens mij toen ik 10 jaar was...:)
    En inderdaad heel mooi genaaid, maar daar heb jij het geduld wel voor denk ik en je bent perfectionist....en dat overhemd van Pieter er zo mooi matchend bij...Al de kleine details...prachtig zie je er uit.....enne, ik rook en drink ook niet maar toch heb ik niet zo'n riempje...:)

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    1. Beste Marian,
      Dank je wel voor je compliment en zeker komende van zo'n ervaren lingerie naaister als jij. Je zou zo voor La Perla kunnen produceren!
      Ja, die maat dat is puur geluk, goeie genen en ik ben ook geen impulsieve snoeper. Nooit geweest overigens omdat ik geen zoetekauw ben. Mijn lievelingskostje is vers fruit en toen we in de tropen woonden en werkten was ik daarom ook in de zevende hemel.
      In de jaren dat we nog beiden international mushroom consultants waren, kwam ik in veel wereldsteden en dus ook in verschillende boutiques. Zo kun je af en toe nog wel eens belastingvrij ook iets extra's in de wacht slepen. Zeker als je een gulle baas hebt. Ooit kreeg ik zelfs US $ 1,000.00 fooi voor mijn werk. Omdat je echt niet op zoiets rekent, ging dat ook altijd op aan iets van luxe wat je anders nooit zou kunnen kopen. Mooie herinneringen want die dingen blijven een leven lang mooi en houden hun waarde ook.
      Ja, tijdens onze decennia van consulting werk stonden wij altijd bekend als de 'tweeling' omdat we bijna altijd partner look droegen. Ook een spel om iets bijpassende te vinden maar makkelijk als je de hele wereld in je bereik hebt door zulke reizen. Voor Pieter was het behalve een enkele keer een overhemd, vaker een bijpassende stropdas maar voor ons werk een zelfde polo- of t-shirt.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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