This suit has been a long time in the making but by far the most enjoyable to make. When I met Ann and we talked about what she wanted, a ladies suit with embroidered waistcoat. A suit that had all the features and in a style that suited her, I was thrilled. Ann has been to House of Colour and armed with her colours and flattering style guidelines, we created an individual suit that flatters her tall, elegant frame perfectly. The gentle seams running from the shoulder to the waist and then bouncing out to the skirt compliment the cut away front (which doesn’t fully show on my mannequin with no hips) and wide peaked lapels.
The wool is Harrisons of Edinburgh Oyster and the lining a deep blue paisley pattern.
After a toile fitting we added the waistcoat. Ann was after something bold and with the orchid purple colouring featuring. Finding the right cloth that would match the suit perfectly would be almost impossible, stripes were not right and all over patterns were to busy. Many options would be too wedding-like and satin/silk out of the question, this is not dress-ups. So I called on my theatrical background and: when you cant find the right cloth, you make it.
I have dabbled in machine embroidery over the last few years and have the machine and software to program any design, I’ve just not the time to fully master it. Now seemed like the time to pick up those skills. This also meant that I had to design something that captured Ann’s flair and still remained tasteful and understated enough for day wear. Using a section of a sample that I had on file and countless tests and samples later, this design emerged.