- I achieved a soft mauve grey on the pants using Pomegranate, Cutch and Iron (no mordant) leftover from Aquarelle Liquid Dye Kit, Botanical Colors.
The jacket fit was great as is. For the pant I compared the pattern first to my sloper and only needed to shave off a tiny sliver from the crotch. The fit on these pants are amazing! Especially considering I didn’t make a muslin first. I wasn’t sure at first about this slim fit and high waist but I think they look fantastic! The pockets are perfect and the silhouette is so slimming and elegant. I love the darts for added shaping.
The only issue I had was the length of the zipper on the pattern. It extends very far down and is really not necessary. I’ll alter it next time to a much shorter length and redo the placket by hand on this pair. I went for a more couture finish on these pants with a snap and two hand sewn chain bars and hooks for the waist closure.
The finishing on the jacket features invisible hand sewn hems on the pants and sleeves as well as sewn in shoulder pads. I thought I’d leave them off at first but the really are needed to square out the shoulder and maintain the silhouette on this pattern. Once I put them in it fit perfectly.
I love that this outfit will be so versatile. I’m thinking the jacket will look great with jeans in the fall and the pants will go with so much I’ve already sewn in my wardrobe. I’m so happy with how the dyeing turned out. I looked through some of my dye books for ideas on getting the color I wanted when I ran across this post from Folk Fibers and loved the results from using no mordant. I used what was leftover from my Aquarelle Dye Kit, a batch of pomegranate liquid dye, some cutch and iron. Probably my simplest dye process yet.