Many women live in dread of dressing up as the mother of the bride or groom. Don’t believe me? Take a look at New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast’s overview of the standard options.
While I also had my fears, I knew that my daughter was planning an unconventional wedding. She was going to be wearing a bespoke suit, so I was sure pants would not be out of place. My solution was neither sparkly nor (I hope) matronly. Instead, I sewed up a wardrobe with tried-and-true patterns, although in much fancier fabrics—me, with an upgrade.
I’ve made the jacket, a much altered shirt pattern (McCalls 6750), several times before. Each time I’ve added a center waist seam so I could include large in-seam pockets. They were the perfect size for a cell phone! The fabric is a silk shantung given to me by my sister many years ago. I underlined it with light cotton and a Korean friend gave me a beautiful soft silk organza for the lining. It packed beautifully.
To make the jacket a little fancier, I added a band from another pattern, Vogue 8089 (long out of print.) A friend had brought me back a kimono from Japan two years ago in one of my favorite colors. It was sheer luck that it matched the silk shantung. There was enough fabric left to make a short sleeve shirt.
The pants are my standard pattern, the Eureka pants by Fit for Art, made up here in silk dupioni. This fabric, bought at a yard sale, was not high quality. I’d worn them a few times before and the pants were already showing the strain. I’m happy to report that they survived the celebration, but just barely.
Although the outfit took a lot of time to make, it hardly cost anything and I was comfortable all day long. I felt just like myself, but in silk.