Tag Archive: denim

Tanner Culotte -Designer Stitch Pattern

Culotte, a style totally new to me. The new Designer Stitch PDF pattern, the Tanner culotteΒ ( aff) is not something I would choose to make but being a tester for Designer Stitch you get the push to try new things. I gave it a try and I am so happ…

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I made a pair of jeans!

I finally did it!  I made jeans!  Making jeans is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but I was quite nervous about doing it.  After making myself some trousers over summer, my confidence level increased enough for me to treat myself to the ever-popular Ginger Jeans sewing pattern designed by Closet Case Files. […]

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I made a pair of jeans!

I finally did it!  I made jeans!  Making jeans is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but I was quite nervous about doing it.  After making myself some trousers over summer, my confidence level increased enough for me to treat myself to the ever-popular Ginger Jeans sewing pattern designed by Closet Case Files. […]

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Pants class – skinny jeans

jeans: self-drafted // sweater: hand-knitted These are the jeans I drafted for my pants drafting class! I’m so so thrilled with these jeans. The only jeans pattern I’d tried before were the Jamie jeans by Named, which I adored, but only after I made tons of changes to the fit, by which point the legs […]

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Monday Morning Inspiration/Maria Pinto Shapes

Around this time of the year, I begin to look at my summer wardrobe and feel quite bored and tired of it, I’m ready for a change. Although it’s not quite cool enough to change over to my fall wardrobe, it’s a nice time to begin looking around for a few…

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Completed: The Kalle Shirtdress

I’ve still got a few more summer projects that I haven’t shared yet, so bear with me here! Although, to be fair – we should be well within the throes of summer heat for at least the next month here (yes, it did warm up again!). I made this dress a couple of months ago, […]

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DIY Embroidered Bell Bottom Inserts: One Minute Video

Ok, so I’m minding my own business, flipping through the new Sundance catalog and what do I see? Embroidered bell bottom jeans!!!!!!! I couldn’t believe my eyes, but there they were in all of their free-spirit glory. 🙂 Be still … Continue reading

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Pepernoot Fashion Show

Since I shared my finished hoodless Pepernoot jacket with you, it has become my favorite go to piece. The weather has been rather cool in Chicago, so this version has been perfect. You may remember the sew along I did for Sew News. Whenever I wear…

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FREE PEOPLE RIB KNIT AND LINEN OPEN BACK JUMPSUIT

HI DARLINGS! Happy Monday 😉 Todays look is an #OOTD from my favorite store FREE PEOPLE this jumpsuit is everything and yes I plan to use it as a guide to make a pair. The top is a rib knit and the bottoms are a linen blend. The open back is so nice and sexy, if […]

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Red Buy or DIY Denim Skirt

It’s time for another Buy or DIY skirt!  When Hey June Patterns released a denim skirt pattern, we were so excited!  We’ve already sewn our first Sandbridge Skirt, and we’ll be sharing and reviewing it soon, but today we’re going to show you how much you can save with a DIY denim skirt for less! […]

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New Winners and a New Jacket

Last Monday I announced the winners of the new Islander Fast and Fabulous Jacket Pattern. Sadly, Karen Roop was the only one of the 3 winners to respond πŸ™ So one’s loss is another’s gain!The 2 new winners of the pattern are:Kathy ShrankKim CaywoodCong…

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Draped denim day dress

Here it is; the culmination of my draping class at WVC!  When I say draping class, the assumption is that there are going to be, like, a drape of fabric somewhere on the garment, but really draping is just another way to draft a pattern.  Many of the styles we did as exercises were not “drapey” at all, since the method lends itself well for creating perfectly fitted garments.

It looks very

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Butterick 6182 dress in denim eyelet

Is there such a thing as too much denim? I hope not because this spring I have been sewing denim, buying more denim, and planning future projects in denim. And this doesn’t include jeans. More specifically it’s denim dresses among my sewing projects, s…

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indigo days

Hey guys! It’s been a hot minute. Or maybe more than a hot minute? Lately I’ve definitely fallen prey to the instant gratification of Instagram over the longer format of a blog post, but I’m trying to make myself sit down and actually blog, because, qu…

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Monday Morning Inspiration

Happy Monday!I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was spent cleaning and clearing out. We had our neighborhood garage sale yesterday. Thankfully, the clouds parted and for the most part, we had a lovely day. Nothing I sold was of any grea…

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super easy DIY Jean pants to Jean skirt refashion video

Shoes: forever21 // top: similar, similar // skirt: DIY, or similar, similar, similar // sunglasses: Ray ban  JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.

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Flare jeans and Chambray shirt

Hi guys! It’s definitely been a hot minute since I’ve written a blog post! Thought I better put my phone down and dust off the old keyboard before I forgot how!

2017 has been sort of an odd year for me mentally. I feel like my energy is scattered between many creative pursuits – sewing being one of them – and I don’t particularly feel like I’ve been performing any of them well! Not to get too heavy on here, but the politics in the U.S. have really affected me. I’ve been trying to channel my anxiety and anger into something productive and learning how to become involved in my local politics, where I feel I can be most effective, but I can’t pretend that I don’t often feel overwhelmed, depressed, and helpless. And those feelings can take their toll.  I’m not writing about this to open up a big political discussion, but simply to explain why I’ve been pretty quiet on the sewing and blogging front.  Quite simply, I’ve had other things on my mind!

But this past weekend was my birthday.  I turned 32.  And I had a long weekend to not only finish up some sewing, but take my camera for a walk and document what I’ve been wanting to wear lately for y’all. Normally I make something a bit frivolous for my birthday sewing, but what I really wanted, and needed, this year was some practical separates. So that’s what I got!

Flare jeans and Chambray shirt

Variations on this outfit have been somewhat of a uniform for me, lately.  In fact, I made these jeans last fall and have been wearing them pretty much nonstop. I’m not really sure what I’d call this style. I have no idea if I’m even “in style”! What are the kids wearing these days? I have no clue. At this point I’m just making and wearing whatever feels right.  And this sort-of 70’s, kinda ranch-hand, a little bit sexy, but also buttoned up, and maybe a touch prison-uniform, look feels right. Like, I’ll probably wear this to work at least two days this week, kind of right.

Flare jeans and Chambray shirtFlare jeans and Chambray shirt

Like I said, these jeans were made last fall. I actually made them as sort of a palette cleanser after all of my historical sewing.  They are a bit of a mish-mash of the Closet Case Files Ginger jeans pattern and the Deer and Doe Safran pants.  Basically I just put the Safran front welt pocket on the Ginger jeans high waisted pattern.  Then added a flare leg.  However I didn’t really measure my inseam correctly and didn’t add as much length as I originally would have liked. Generally I like my flare leg jeans to be floor-dusting. That’s why I left the hem of these raw, because had I hemmed them they would have really been an awkward length! Now, however, I kinda love the raw hem, and the awkward length feels sort of fresh. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!

Flare jeans and Chambray shirtFlare jeans and Chambray shirt

The fabric is some Cone Mills s-gene stretch denim that I got with one of the original Ginger jeans kits, and it’s so freaking lovely.  I made these jeans suuupppppper tight through the hip and thigh, and that Cone Mills denim just gives and gives and gives, and never gives up! I will never make jeans using another denim. End of discussion. I’m a convert. As I said, I’ve been wearing these jeans for a few months now, and my typical pattern is to wear them many many many times before washing. And they never get baggy! They just seem to get better with more wear!

Flare jeans and Chambray shirt

The top is the Deer and Doe Mélilot shirt.  I’ve had my eye on this pattern for awhile, and finally bit the bullet this winter.  I made it in this super lovely light blue tencel denim shirting from Threadbare Fabric.  I adore this fabric! The color, weight and drape makes it feel way more ready-to-wear than the typical chambray fabrics that seem to be available to home sewists.  I have a bit more and I’m debating what else to do with it – I’m wondering if I can squeeze an Archer out of it – because a girl can’t have too many denim blue button-up shirts, right? So far this is number three…

Flare jeans and Chambray shirt

I really love this pattern too. I cut the size based on the finished measurements — which I pretty much always do, because I like to be the master of my own ease — and I think it makes it a little more feminine.  I feel like oversized, drop sleeve blouses are all the rage right now (maybe? I don’t know… like I said, I’m not really sure what’s in style, but last time I checked…) and I might make one of those in the future, but for this one I wanted something that I could easily tuck into high waisted pants and skirts and not have a ton of fabric pillowing over the top.  One thing that I always underestimate though when I cut by my finished measurements is that while my bust and waist measurement may work with a smaller size, often times my shoulders don’t. This is especially true for Deer and Doe patterns, who I think design for a different shape than me (i.e. not women with weightlifting shoulders and backs!) I think I’m able to get away with it on this top because there’s no armsyce, but it’s a lesson I really need to learn, because this isn’t the first time this has happened!

 Flare jeans and Chambray shirt

It’s been such a warm winter and spring here in Galveston, I pretty much completely skipped any sort of winter sewing and this is probably going to be about as ‘transitional’ as it gets! The next few projects I have planned are summer dresses, however I should really try to bang out a few more practical separates! Especially tops. 
Does anyone have any good pattern recommendations for tops? I’m feeling very 70’s these days (and should probably cut my hair, but, you know, fuck the man). And since I’ve been sort of out-of-touch I’m not really sure what’s out there! Tell me your favorites! What can’t you wait to sew and wear this spring/summer?
xx
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A Cape With A Shape/Cape Super Express

It’s 0 degrees in Chicago!!! Just in case you think that’s an “O”, it’s not, it’s zero πŸ™‚ Now, I really don’t mind the cold, in fact I rather enjoy it. But as I drank my first cup of tea this morning and watched the morning news, I had to laugh a bit a…

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My First Jeans {Sewing for Boys}

I. DID. IT.  When I started on my sewing adventure, sewing jeans for my boys I was certain I would never be able to sew jeans for my boys.  In fact, it never even crossed my mind, it was such an unattainable goal.  But then I started seeing more and more people in the sewing […]

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Ralph Lauren Blue Nights Stretch Denim In Body Hugging Ginger Jeans

What better way to show off your body hugging Ginger jeans than a day at the Art History Museum of Chicago to see the Mainbocher Exhibit.   The Haute Couture Club of Chicago field trip took place of December 4th where several club members showed o…

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Completed: Denim Rosa Dress

Good morning, everyone! As I write this, I am preparing to experience what will probably be the shittiest day of my life (literally – I have a colonoscopy tomorrow and today is prep day) (lol) (bet you never expected to read THAT on a sewing blog). I haven’t had solid food since last night and […]

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Ginger Jeans/Pockets and The Front Fly

I’m an early riser. I love getting up to a dark and quiet house. When Little Bit was still with us, the moment she heard my feet hit the floor, she too would yawn, stretch, and make her way out from wherever she was sleeping at the moment. And of cours…

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Monday Morning Inspiration on Tuesday/Carolina Herrera

I just couldn’t skip another week without a Monday Morning Inspiration post. Although it’s no longer Monday, inspiration is good on any day of the week :)The Spring/Summer 2017 ready to wear collection from Carolina Herrera is, at least in my opinion, …

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Ginger Jeans Sew Along Begins!

Just wanted to let you all know that my first post for the sew along is upon the Sew News blog and you can find it HERE.This week we talk a little more about the jeans and some of the subtle details that make them so very special, like the curve of the…

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Grainline Studio Moss Skirt

This is quite possibly the sewing project that has taken the longest stretch of time to complete.  I’m embarrassed to say that I ordered the fabric and the pattern for this skirt from White Tree Fabrics back in March to make for the White Tree blog team, and I only finished sewing it on 10th […]

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sallie from the block

When I put on this outfit I wasn’t totally sure if it was working – like, I wasn’t sure if what I thought I looked like was representative of what I actually looked like.  Far too many times I’ve left the house thinking “hell yeah, I am …

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Denim Quilt made from Old Jeans

Two things gave me the final push I needed to finish this denim quilt that has been 10 years in the making: the Refashioner’s Jeanius challenge, and a threat from Mr. Skirt Fixation. As faithful readers (and good counters) of the Skirt Fixation blog know, I have 4 sons.  Boys wear jeans and wear out jeans often.  Multiply that times 4 boys and you end up with a lot of jeans with holes in the knees.  Which leaves you an item you cannot donate to charity, but which has a lot of good, useable denim left.  Being the thrifty (pack

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Bias skirt in denim eyelet

This summer I have eyelet on the brain. After all, it can get really hot here in my little corner of the bay area – like 110˚F hot. Although thankfully that is only once in a while. But we like our clothing with built in air-conditioning. OK – slight exaggeration but now that I have started I am on an eyelet kick and have 2 more items in the sewing queue. The first was this top and now I have made a skirt – also for my friend Alice – in this really cool denim eyelet fabric.

skirt denim eyelet front

A few weeks ago we went over to Stone Mountain Fabric in Berkeley and we both loved this unusual fabric. It is not really eyelet in that it doesn’t have any thread or embroidery creating the holes, but instead is just perforated and I suppose washed/tumbled to create the texture. It also has the color variation, like a bleach effect so it looks a little bit tie-dyed, although not exactly. Whatever it is I really like it which is a good thing as I now have plenty of this fabric and will make myself a skirt too.

denim eyelet hemline

Why do I have plenty of fabric? Because I created a pattern for Alice’s skirt and then realized we hadn’t bought enough fabric. When we were at the store she said it would be great for a skirt and how much to buy? 60″ wide so I said oh, 1 to 1.25 yards or so would be fine. I think the piece was around 1.2 yards after I gave it a good wash and shrink. Seemed like plenty for a skirt.

Then she brought over this skirt which is a Banana Republic linen bias cut skirt and said how about making a copy of this? Seemed like a good match for this fabric so I got started making a pattern from this linen skirt.

original linen bias skirt

It is really simple, just four panels that are all the same. Cut on the bias which gives the skirt a bit of movement and a nice fit around the hip and waist.

First step is to find the grain line which in linen is thankfully very easy. I do a thread trace along the grain line and that gives me the bias line for the pattern piece. Of course this skirt has been worn and washed plenty of times, softening up and probably distorting the sections a bit but you have to start somewhere.

thread bias line

I then traced the skirt section and then cleaned it up, folding it in half, balancing each side of the fold, measuring the upper edge and comparing to the sections of the finished skirt. I find bias garments give you a bit more leeway with exactitude – something like this with only 4 pieces  – all the same, will fit together just fine.
I copied the waistband by tracing also, and then added 5/8″ seam allowances to the upper and lower edges of the waistband but added 1″ seam allowances to the skirt pieces and the waistband side seams.. Just for fit insurance on the skirt.

Here is my final pattern. Now that is an easy pattern to store away πŸ™‚ The waistband is cut on the straight grain and then the skirt is cut on the bias, 4 of that piece. You can see I added more bias lines so I could easily place it on the fabric any which way to cut out. Which works on this fabric as there is no real pattern. In something more uniform you would want to lay them all out more carefully.

pattern piece bias skirt

Getting back to the question of enough fabric. So I got my pre-shrunk fabric out and started laying out the pattern pieces and determined I was short on fabric by about 6 inches. Aargh! Things cut on the bias tend to be fabric hogs and then things with that tulip skirt effect also tend to use up a lot of fabric so the combo here meant I needed about 1.5 yards to make this skirt. As she had mentioned she didn’t want it any shorter – in fact wanted it to be about 2 inches longer than the original.

So I made a quick phone call to Stone Mountain and asked if they still had any of this fabric – which fortunately is so distinctive that the person who answered the phone knew exactly what I was talking about. A quick trip over there – I bought 2 yards just to be safe and now I have the fabric remaining from this skirt plus our original 1+ yard which I didn’t even use so I think a skirt for me is in the works πŸ™‚  I was thinking of using this pattern and adjusting for my size but I think I will reuse this pattern: (Vogue 1170 Rachel Comey skirt) and add the pockets which in my mind this pattern is lacking.

All’s well that ends well on the fabric front and then it was super quick to sew up this skirt. Here’s a look at the waistband, with the waistband facing that I have under stitched so it will roll inwards. Her original linen skirt had a lining but we decided that this one can go without. You can’t see through the holes at all so it doesn’t really need it. For the waistband I knew it needed some support of interfacing but I didn’t want to use fusible or even silk organza (which would have worked fine) but I wanted to use a cotton that had the same feeling as this denim fabric so when it was washed/dried it would behave similarly. I had some grey cotton voile in my stash so that turned out to work perfectly and it disappears behind the perforations.

waistband seam

Invisible zipper in the side seam as in the original linen skirt, the zipper goes all the way up to the top of the waistband which gives a nice sleek finish. I serged all the edges of the skirt pieces since this fabric will certainly fray like any denim.  I find it tricky to get an invisible zipper perfectly even and smooth at the top of a skirt like this – perhaps not 100% successful, but let’s call it 95% successful and  wearable πŸ™‚

side seam zip        denim eyelet zipper

Here is the back view, not that there is much difference however I sewed it with the idea that the zipper would be on the left side. And the fabric on the back seemed slightly more stripey than the pieces that became the front, not that anyone would notice.

denim eyelet skirt back

So that’s my idea of an easy summer project – just two pattern pieces + something sort of denim = great summer skirt.

Up next, more tunic tops, now that I have found the perfect pattern I have lots of ideas for modification to change it up. I have a couple of great fabrics from My Fabric Designs that need to be sewn up so that will probably be next.

Have a great weekend and happy sewing, 
Beth

for today’s garden photo, some cute pansies that are hanging in there, a gladiola that grew sideways but looks great next to those purples and a penstemon that refuses to bloom.  flowers June 2016

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DIY Blusa sin hombros DENIM

diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer

Holaaaaaa!!!!! Feliz Domingo a todas!!!! Últimamente comparto algunas blusas de este tipo, pero es por 4 motivos principales: se llevan mucho, son muy fáciles de hacer, muy fáciles de combinar y son fresquitas para el verano!!!!! 

En esta ocasión, he elegido la tela denim finita que está tan de moda! Os dejo por aquí algunas fotos que espero que os sirvan de inspiración!!!!

diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
VIDEO TUTORIAL: COMO HACER LA BLUSA PASO A PASO


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diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer


LA TELA

La tela es de tipo denim muy finito, la compré en Ribes&Casals Madrid, y la encontré en varios tonos de denim, algunos tonos más claritos, por si queréis ver más opciones. Este tipo de blusas se puede hacer con una gran infinidad de telas, siempre que sean finitas, tengan caída o sean vaporosas.

BLUSA


diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer
diy patrones camiseta denim sin hombros mujer

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Kelly Skirt {All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats}

The Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen is everything Aria has ever asked for in a skirt!  Today we get to show you the first skirt we’ve made for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats. The Kelly Skirt is a button front pleated skirt with pockets.  It sits on the natural waist, and has a delicious wide waistband.  The pleats are situated both in the front and the back.  The Kelly Skirt can be made in 5 sizes from XS to XL.  For Aria, we sewed a size M with 5 inches added to end up midi length, like

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