The red wool vest is made from Simplicity pattern 3298, view 4.
It is worn with a checked wool skirt made from Simplicity pattern 3027.
NOTE: We talked the other day about sewing tops from wool jersey. This is another pattern that would work for that!
The suit was made as separates from Simplicity pattern 3333.
Make the jacket in a bold check and the skirt in a co-ordinating solid wool.
Now add the vest made from Simplicity 3298 and you've got separates that look like a suit!
If you wanted a 3-piece suit, you could make all three pieces from the same fabric.
Here are some more vest patterns from 1950 that will stretch your wardrobe possibilities.