DIY Spring Suit

DIY Spring Suit
I love nothing more than suit dressing, it’s easy and you don’t have to concern yourself with styling your top with your bottom.  So when this Italian double faced cotton twill arrived from Mood, I new some sort of set/suit had to be made.  I love a greatly designed peplum top so I used the front and back piece to the Vogue 8815 pattern and made the folowing alterations:

Created a faced V neck
Added large breast pleats
Added large box pleats to the peplum
Placed a side zipper
Created a front seam
Eliminated the back seam

I love this top so much I will be creating a pattern to share.

My first preference is a skirt but when it comes to shorts, I like a looser fit with a wider leg which finding a proper fit is a challenge.  I love the structure of these shorts made with Vogue 8836, they are supremely comfortable and very easy to wear.  I made the following alterations to the pattern:

Cut the pant pattern into shorts
Created 1 box pleat on each side

Top & Shorts- available here
Heels- Gianvito Rossi
Bracelet- Wear Love
Bag- Gucci found here



  1. May 6, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    That is so cute! Love this and the fabric is great!

    • May 8, 2013 / 2:07 pm

      Thank you Erica

  2. May 7, 2013 / 6:08 am

    That is really nice, I love that colour.
    I always marvel at how you alter patterns to get a different look. Wish I could have such vision.

    • May 8, 2013 / 2:08 pm

      Thank you….girl trial and error 🙂

  3. May 7, 2013 / 2:32 pm

    I LOVE this! I was just looking at this pattern, and it will be on sale this weekend at Joann. Now I see how chic it is with shorts. Thanks for the inspiration, again.

    • May 8, 2013 / 2:08 pm

      Your very welcome 🙂

  4. Anonymous
    May 7, 2013 / 2:49 pm

    Your eye is incredible

  5. May 7, 2013 / 3:05 pm

    I love everything about this! the color, the shape, it looks amazing on you! You a really talented.

    • May 8, 2013 / 2:09 pm

      Thank you Josette

  6. May 7, 2013 / 3:23 pm


    • May 8, 2013 / 2:10 pm

      Thank you so much!

  7. Tiffany from Chicago
    May 7, 2013 / 3:32 pm

    Wow Nikki this is beautiful, I love the color and the fit.

    • May 8, 2013 / 2:10 pm

      Thank you Tiffany

  8. Anonymous
    May 7, 2013 / 3:52 pm

    What you do to these patterns is nothing short of amazing!!!! you are truly talented.

  9. May 8, 2013 / 2:16 am

    I cannot believe you got this exquisite outfit from the pattern you started with. Amazing! The color is fabulous and looks wonderful on you. Bravo!

    • May 8, 2013 / 2:10 pm

      Thank you Nancy

  10. izzy
    May 8, 2013 / 2:06 pm

    Love this look! you are a master at pattern manipulation

    • May 8, 2013 / 2:10 pm

      Thank you Izzy

  11. May 8, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    Nikki- I am a true fan. I come to your blog daily. I would love to know how you calculated the fabric demnsions for the peplum.

    Do you mind emailing me? Is it 3xs your waist.?

  12. May 13, 2013 / 1:47 am

    Thank you miss lele I will email you.

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