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Friday, November 22, 2013

Plaid and Denim


So, this would be my new favorite shirt. I'm trying not to wear it all the time.

I have several stash fabrics earmarked for more versions. For this seersucker plaid, I drove all the way to the mega-warehouse and went to some strenuous effort pulling the bolt out from the stack at the fabric warehouse. Actually, "pulling out" doesn't work, even though I try. It's more like taking each bolt out, one by one, until I get to "my" bolt conveniently located near the bottom. I will say, though, I'm grateful to have the huge selection, however overwhelming.

Back to the shirt .... It's the classic shirt-blouse, but with some nice shaping to it. I had a previous "go-to" shirt blouse (Ottobre 5-2009-4), but I like this one much better with the longer, curved hem, shaped side seams, shoulder darts, and pockets. For reference, this one is "Gardener Blouse", Ottobre 5-2012-7).

Oh, the front bodice is supposed to be in two panels with different fabrics. I went rogue and did all one fabric. Ooooh.




This is my 3rd iteration of the jeans, this time with a floral pocket design. There's not much to say about them except I like the pattern enough to keep making it (Ottobre 5-2007-10). Maybe someday I'll get bored or happen to run into a fit I like better.

I did hem them quite long. It looks almost silly now but, never fail, my jeans get shorter and shorter and shorter. And then they do look silly.

Look, the facing matches my shirt!


30 comments:

  1. I love the entire outfit! I always buy or make my jeans where they are long. I like to wear a chunky healed boot, and if not, then I just let them be.

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    1. Thanks, Shirley!
      In the winter and fall, I'm usually wearing some sort of boot. Around the house, though, I just have to roll them up until they shrink.

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  2. It's a gorgeous outfit and I know how you feel, I finished a chambray shirt last week, I almost never make woven tops for myself, at first I was unsure about but then I wore it four days straight. Both items fit you so well. I've been hemming jeans longer lately, without giving it much thought I think I hem differently depending on season. In the fall they come out long in the spring they clear sandals.

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    1. Wearing your top four days straight is a good endorsement for it, I think! I should really hunt down some chambray for another version. That's a good point about hemming for different seasons - and it's a luxury for the home sewist (:

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  3. Great outfit!! I can see why you'd want to wear it all the time. It looks lovely on you, but still comfortable.

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  4. I love that shirt. I can see why it's your new favorite!

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  5. This has got to be the best issue of Ottobre ever. I am so glad you are making lots of things from it - I haven't got much sewing time at the moment so you can fulfill all my sewing dreams, haha. Anyway to my mind this is the perfect outfit for this time of year...I hope you don't mind me asking, but I am always on the lookout for topstitching tips. Did you use regular or topstitching thread? Denim is the basis of my wardrobe and when I tried topstitching a denim skirt I ran into a lot of problems.

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    1. I think this may be my favorite issue, too.

      As for topstitching...
      How I do it depends on the thickness of the fabric. For regular clothes, I tend to use regular thread, simply because I don't have a stock of topstitching threads.

      However, for jeans I bought a large roll of Jeans topstitching thread (the color was called "Levi Gold"). I think it was 6,000 yards!

      Here are some tips I've learned:
      1. Use a thick/strong enough needle for the fabric; however, if the needle is too thick for the fabric it will have a harder time going through. (i.e. Denim needles do come in different sizes.)
      2. Use a needle with a bigger eye so the thicker thread will go through easily. (i.e. denim needles have bigger eyes than ballpoint needles)
      3. Using a topstitching or edgestitching foot will really help keep your lines straight.
      4. Switch back to regular thread (that matches your topstitching thread) for those bulky places like buttonholes and belt loops.
      5. Use regular thread in the bobbin.

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    2. Thank you for leaving such a lovely full list of tips. There's a lot of denim sewing in my future so I'll definitely be putting them in to practice (I've adopted your scrap sorting system, too!). That roll of thread sounds amazing. I want one!

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  6. Impeccable work on the jeans! Ottobre woman isn't always much to look at (imo), but they never fail to deliver great classic patterns. I love both of these!

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    1. Thanks! I always like the very usable classic patterns.

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  7. I could wear that shirt all the time too!

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  8. You did a great job on the jeans as well!

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  9. Both pieces would be my favourites. They're both so well made and they work nicely together.

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    1. Thanks, they are good basics which will work well with .... well, most of my wardrobe!

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  10. Lovely outfit! You did a great job. They fit perfectly and look great.

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  11. Fantastic job Joy! Two complex garments in a whim... Impressive!

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    1. Thanks! It helped to have the motivation of the PR wardrobe contest.

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  12. Love both pieces! There is something about plaid - takes me home :-)

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    1. Thanks, Coco. I love plaid, too! Seersucker is nice, but I'll be really happy if I can find a nice plaid flannel.

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  13. Love the shirt! This would be so perfect for me to wear to work! I may need this pattern!

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    1. Thanks, Megan. I highly recommend Ottobre's patterns.

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  14. This looks great and I can see why you love it! It looks so comfortable. I really like the bias spots :D And your jeans, they rock! But they are always amazing ;-)

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    1. Thanks, and comfort is a high priority in my book (:

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  15. You already know I love your outfit.;) I definitely need to try the shirt pattern for myself. Kayleen has been wearing her chambray shirt all the time so between that and your endorsement it's definitely a must-sew!

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