Everyone needs a suit in their wardrobe; be it for the office, casual wear, dress code obligations, or just because you look darn fabulous in them. It can be tricky finding a suit that fits you correctly, which can cause the clean look to go downhill fast. That’s where sewing and designing your own can win the game. The Ercilla Suit features clean lines that make it easy to tailor exactly to your own specifications. Try it with one of Mood’s stunning and luxurious suitings for an everyday ensemble, or go all out in a jaw dropping brocade for a more nighttime look. In this Redux, we’ve even made the jacket reversible, opening up a whole slew of new potential.
Fabrics & materials used:
- 4 yards Ivory and Black Windowpane Check Spill Repellent Super 150 Wool Suiting
- 2 yards Black Wool Twill Suiting
- 2 yards Lustro Marshmellow Twill Bemberg Lining
- 2 yards Off-White Weft Fusible Interfacing
- 2 Italian Black and Gold Metal 4-Hole Buttons
- 2 Italian White and Gold Metal 4-Hole Buttons
- MDF105 – The Ercilla Suit Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
For full pattern instructions, please visit the original post here!
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
As far as garment construction, I didn’t have to stray too far from the original instructions. However, rather than cut a lining for the jacket, I simply cut all the jacket pieces from both of my suiting materials. Since the windowpane check is slightly more lightweight, I interfaced all of those pieces.
Other than fabric cutting, the pattern went together pretty much the same. The only other edit I had to make was to add buttons to both layers of the jacket. They use the same buttonholes, so I just sewed both layers at the same time (sewing through the black button, the jacket, the white button, and back again).
To keep the bulk down, I did choose to include pockets only on the check layer of the jacket. Depending on which fabric you choose to use, you can follow my lead or opt for more pockets. Personally, I like the option of having secret pockets inside the jacket when the solid side is flipped outward.
As far as the pants go, I didn’t make any changes to the normal construction, however I did end up adding a lining layer to make up for the ivory suiting’s slight translucence.
Have you tried the Ercilla Suit yet, or will you be trying it in the future? I’d love to hear what fabric combinations you’re considering and if you’ll be making your jacket reversible too!
The Ercilla jacket also pairs wonderfully with our Gilia Dress, coming this Friday! Keep an eye out!