I recently had the courage to take another look at the DKNY boucle suit. I had put so much energy into the suit that I needed to take a break and come back to it with a fresh outlook. I really appreciated your thoughtful and honest feedback about it! While I made this to wear as a skirt suit... I'm with you that the pieces look much better as separates. Worn together, they wash me out. And it looks a bit Ladies-Who-Lunch?
Your suggestions to bring this to a professional tailor - such a good idea! - made me realize that I hadn't pressed it enough. While my iron isn't the best, I cranked the steam to the highest mark and pressed the h*!l out of it. It definitely took away some of the sponginess.
I have a very friendly Greek tailor that I'm going to bring this to to do a real pressing job, once I figure out what to do with the collar...
The collar does not have turn of the cloth, and it grates me each time I look at this. I need to do something about it: either rip off the collar and trim down the under collar, or take the collar off and make this a Chanel-style, collarless jacket. I don't know if I could do these two options because I trimmed the seam allowances on the collar stand.
I was browsing the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute site, seeking inspiration for how I could liven the jacket up, and came across this skirt suit from Fall/Winter 1962-1963:
This gave me the idea to bind the edges, perhaps in a light yellow to bring out the yellow flecks, or an oyster grey satin, leftover from the Rachel Comey blouse I made, as the color of the jacket is a grey-blue. I may add a second set of pockets for a bit more interest:
I completed the skirt, which needed a bit of re-working. I wanted to take it in, for it felt too big after wearing it to work. However, the waist had felt rather bulky with the boucle facing, so in addition to bringing in the sides, I ripped out the facing and lined it all the way to the top. I understitched, and the facing stays down well.
This skirt - McCall's 3830 - is so easy. If you want an instant gratification project, this is one to try!