My daughter snagged an adorable Yves St. Laurent Rive Gauche suit the other day at a consignment shop, and I thought I’d share a number of its charming details with you. And while it’s ready-to-wear, it’s full of first-rate sewing.
Let’s begin with the jacket.
The fabric is a firm cotton twill – strong enough to keep its shape with only a partial lining.
One of my favorite touches is the hidden tab under the sleeve placket.
And there’s some interesting decorative stitching on the side fronts and along the inner lower edge.
There’s beautiful hand stitching along the collar band.
And I love the way the under collar has been oriented so that its edge is just visible; it appears to form a narrow piped edge.
The skirt has its own share of lovely workmanship, too.
The pockets have been stitched on by hand (the inside stitching is nearly as pretty as the outside stitching!)
and are pleated to add a little bit of volume.
The waistband has its share of decorative stitching, too.
The raw edges of the side seams (though visibly altered) have been finished with hand-overcasting
And my favorite touch is the front band – here’s a close-up of one of the rosettes, formed with layer upon layer of fabric
Both sides of the band have been tacked to the front placket of the skirt.
And here’s a final row of handstitching along the inner edge of the front facing.