In the same vein of thinking, if you're not a suit kind of a gal, then look at suit patterns as separates. Make the jacket alone, or use the skirt alone. Or make the jacket and skirt from different fabrics. If you've wanted to sew a pencil skirt, but can't find a pattern you like, look at suit patterns. OR, if you can't find a suit pattern you like, combine a pattern for a jacket with a different skirt. See what I mean?
Today, let's look at some suit jackets worn as separates, all from 1950.
At left: Simplicity 3099 jacket pattern sewn in houndstooth wool. In the photo above, the jacket is worn with a coordinating skirt sewin from pattern 2383, but any skirt will do.
At right: Suit sewn from Simplicity pattern 8055. These pieces can easily be broken up to wear with other items in your wardrobe. See what I mean?
At left: Suit made from Simplicity 8157. Another way of splitting up a suit. Sew contrasting details on a solid jacket in a patterned fabric used to make the skirt. Think plaid, tweed, houndstooth, herringbone. Then make another skirt in the solid fabric of the jacket. Wear the patterned skirt with a sweater or a different solid skirt. See what I mean?
At right: Navy and white wool check jacket sewn from Simplicity pattern 8208 (sorry, I couldn't find this one online anywhere). The skirt is sewn in solid navy wool, but this jacket could also be worn with a skirt in red, white or gray.
Don't look at your suit as a suit. Look at it as separates! See what I mean?