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Date: 5/1/13 4:17 PM

I'm trying to make an interview outfit. I'm thinking either a dress and jacket or a shell, skirt, and jacket. I want it to look pretty formal and polished, but I also want it to breathe and sew/press easily. I'm at a loss. What kind of fabrics should I be looking at?

I wish I could just buy something, but I'm rather broke and so busty that everythink ends up either too tight or looking like I'm playing dress up.
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Date: 5/1/13 4:24 PM

A tropical weight wool would work for the jacket and dress or skirt. If you're really concerned about wrinkling you could underline the skirt with silk organza. I think Sandra Betzina recommends this for linen pants. For the shell, a medium to darker color silk jersey would be great. It doesn't hold wrinkles and is extremely comfortable to wear whether it is cold or warm out.
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Date: 5/2/13 9:12 AM

A ponte jacket would be easy care and also easy to construct. You could wear it over a stretch cotton sleeveless dress.
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Date: 5/2/13 11:04 AM

Both good suggestions. Thank you!
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Date: 5/2/13 2:30 PM

A dress with a jacket is a classic look. Simplicity 2648 2684 It is easy to fit and and sew up; you can use a variety of fabrics. I am going to do 2 colors in a ponte knit. I don't have any jackets suggestions but I am sure someone else would have some ideas.
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Date: 5/2/13 8:06 PM

Denver Fabrics/Fashion Fabrics Club had some nice wool-blend gabardines at good prices recently. I picked up three (one wool-rayon, two wool-poly) for around $5/yard. I haven't pre-treated them yet, but I was pleased with all of them when they arrived. Nice weight, smooth hand; would make a pretty suit or trousers. (I was looking for fabric for a dramatically different purpose than job interviews, so my priorities were cheap and mud-colored--but I was quite impressed with my cheap, mud-colored gabardine!).

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Date: 5/2/13 9:01 PM

One reason why wool suits are recommended over polyester ones for interview situations is that polyester fabrics sometimes hold body odors, even after cleaning. Not a good first impression!
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Date: 5/3/13 8:24 AM

I agree. I have a favorite suit (fit wise) that I love but it's a poly blend. When I interview I always sweat like mad :(

I'm waiting to get my fitting skills up to par so I can make a nice black wool suit. A wool crepe would be nice I think.
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