When it comes to styling a great suit, we can all appreciate a well-tailored pinstriped or plaid ensemble made from the finest wools. But how often do we take a moment to re-imagine our wardrobe staples with an unconventional eye? The Blackberry Suit is the perfect pattern to try out a new fabric! This fitted long-sleeved short suit has a stunning silhouette that would look great in a variety of fun and exciting textiles. For my suit, I used one of Mood Fabrics’ supple two-toned double knits. With a beautiful color on each side, I’m sure to be right on trend as I sport my suit to a fabulous day party! Try using silk, sequins, or any other fun novelty fabric for your suit; and with the right interlinings and facings, the possibilities are endless! What fabric are you thinking of using?
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 3 yards of Italian Jade Lime and Lapis Double-Faced Double Knit
- 1 spool of 7880 Pastel Green 100m Gutermann Thread
- 2 packs of Wrights Mediterranean 1/2″ Double Fold Bias Tape
- MDF148 – The Blackberry Suit Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
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.
The shorts slip on easily with no need for closures. Sewing is a follows:
First, sew in your darts on your back short pieces.
Next, with right sides of the fabric together, pin the backs together at the center back seam and stitch. Set aside.
Then do the same for your front pieces pining and stitching at the center front seam.
Once you have the back and front sewn, pin them together with right sides of the fabric together and sew along the side seams.
Now, pin each side together at the center crotch seam and stitch.
Set the shorts aside and work on the waistband. With right sides of the fabric together, pin the front and back waistband pieces at the side seam edges and stitch.
Grab your shorts and pin the waistband to the top of your waist opening and sew all the way around. Fold over your waistband to create the facing, press under the seam allowance and topstitch along the inside of the waistband to finish.
Hem shorts as desired: I used a twin needle to edge stitch my hem.
Now we can move on to the blazer:
Sew in the dart on your front pieces.
Then, sew in the pleat on the front peplum piece.
Pin the peplum pieces together at the center back seam then sew.
Now, with the right sides of the fabric together, pin your back peplum piece to your center back and stitch in place.
Do the same for the front peplum pieces and stitch. Press all seam allowances open.
Next, you can assemble your undercollar and front facing pieces.
For help on sewing notched collars, check out this helpful tutorial!
Sew your sleeves by attaching the undersleeve to the upper sleeve. Once you have your sleeve assembled, you can sew it together at the sleeve seam.
Pin your sleeve to your armhole and set them in.
I used each side of my double knit to create my belt. Your belt should be cut in 4 pattern pieces (2 of each color as the good side)
Assemble 2 of each color at the center back seam and stitch. Now you should have 2 long strips.
With right sides (contrasting sides) together, pin belt and sew along the edges and length of the belt. Make sure to leave a small 3″ opening to turn belt right side out.
Once finished, press and slip stitch the opening closed. Adding belt loops are optional. You can wear the belt over your jacket as well!