Saturday, 5 November 2011

Black jeans and a flower-power t-shirt!

Much as I would like to spend my time making Chanel inspired dresses (see my last post) I really felt that it was time to get down to creating some autumn casual basics. And for that, of course, you can’t beat jeans and a t-shirt.

Vogue 8536 & McCalls 5894

When making this outfit I was aiming for a casual but ‘put-together’ look. For the jeans I chose a black cotton lycra twill fabric, it’s sturdy but has some give for comfort. I added brass rivets and a brass button

Black jeans with brass hardware

The pattern is McCalls 5894 – it’s the second time I have used this jeans pattern, so for more about the pattern, and my tips for making jeans, check out my earlier post here.

The t-shirt is made from Vogue 8536

Vogue 8536

I have to say that I LOVE this pattern, it has some great shaping. What the pattern envelope pictures (or my photograph) don’t show very clearly is that the front has a little gathered section at the side seams at bust level. You can (just about) see in the line drawings what I mean

Vogue 8536 line drawings

I added some extra ease by doing an FBA that created a ‘dart’ but instead of sewing the dart I just incorporated it into the gathers at the side seam. The effect is subtle but it makes for a much better fit around the bust, especially if, like me, you are ‘curvy’. Another design feature of this pattern is the deep hem with side slits –

Deep hem and side vent

I think that this makes it look a little dressier than the average casual t-shirt and it means that the hem sits very nicely when worn with skirts. The fabric I used was a rayon lycra mix, purchased from Vogue Fabrics - I was attracted by the fun flower print. I can see me making this pattern several times more and I think it would be very lovely and luxurious made in a silk jersey.

I feel that I have made a very slow start on my fall sewing but in the last couple of weeks I have worked out lots of plans for clothes that I am eager to make. I do hope that your sewing for this season is going well?

49 comments:

  1. You definitely achieved casual, but put together. The details on the jeans are super. And the fit on your tshirt is great. You certainly have a TNT tshirt pattern now. I love the idea of making it in silk.

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  2. The jeans's finishing is perfect. And the whole outfit looks simple but elegant, you definitely achieved the look you've been aiming at.

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  3. Both of these are great casual pieces. And I've made that top pattern before, but sort of forgot about it. That little slit at the hem is a cute design feature. Now I must go locate this pattern and see about making a different view...

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  4. Your jeans look shop bought ..( only better fitting ) I love both of these especially the side gathers what a great idea. I might steal that idea.

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  5. Love the outfit! I'm SO stealing that hem detail for my next tee.

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  6. What a great combo! I love the flower fabric and knew I had seen it somewhere and then you mentioned Vogue Fabrics and I realized that was one of the pieces I contemplated buying but didn't. You made a great choice because these two pieces really work well together.

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  7. Great job on both. I think that that McCall's pattern might become your one of your TNTs. The black is a nice addition after making it in purple also.

    Thanks for sharing your FBA on your flower top. I always wondered about adding darts to knits for an FBA. I like how you eased it into the side seams instead. I'm going to try that.

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  8. Wonderful outfit on you! The pants are a perfect fit.

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  9. Such a great outfit. I like how you worked in the fba...and the deep hem is a nice feature. The Jeans are a great fit. Nice job, Eugenia!

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  10. Fantastic outfit, I especially love the jeans Eugenia ! You did such a great job on those - they look proper ! x

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  11. It is a lovely outfit. If you sew most of your clothes I think there is a constant tension between the time you spend on very special pieces and the time you spend on clothes you will wear everyday. It is inspiring to see how you put thought and pretty details into your everyday clothes so that they look very smart and beautifully made.

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  12. Oh, my, not just a lovely knit top but you made those great fitting jeans, too?! Terrific outfit and fabulous fit.

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  13. The whole outfit is just great. The deep hem on the top is a nice touch. I loved your beautiful Chanel- inspired LBD.
    Beautiful sewing !!

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  14. These are great basics, the jeans are especially awesome!

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  15. You are such a fabulous seamtress!!! Those jeans look store bought....awesome...the top too....you should be very proud of yourself!!

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  16. Yes, well pulled together indeed. Love the fit of the jeans.

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  17. Love this outfit Eugenia! Both pieces are great! What a very nice tough using the cotton twill for your Jeans! Great Job!

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  18. What fantastic jeans. Well done and the top is a nice compliment.

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  19. Of course, I love the jeans - absolutely love them! Great job - and the top complements them wonderfully!

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  20. I thought this post was going to be abour your top - which is great and has some really nice details - I was so impressed when I saw that you had made the jeans as well. It looks like a great casual outfit, nice way to kick off your autumn sewing.

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  21. YOur outfit looks really good - that is a classy T-shirt - love all those little extra features which make it very special and your black jeans fit so well - a very useful wardrobe staple .

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  22. Oh, take me back to the days of flower power, peace signs and 60s happiness! Terrific outfit. Your top can go dressy or casual. Nice job!

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  23. Great looking knit top! and black jeans! I have yet to make a successful pair of pants much less jeans so I am always impressed with what others do accomplish when making them. That knit top is so cute and I like the little gathers at the bust area. Love your fabric. One more thing--I like the hemline and had not noticed this before.

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  24. Great looking casual outfit. I admire sewers that can whip up a pair of jeans.

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  25. Hi!
    I'm a lurker, but after admiring your top I incorporated a few features into one I was sewing for myself. I like the fit of darts in knit tops, but not the effect, so gathers it was (looks good, nice fit) And the hem slit - very cute.
    So, thanks for sharing, I enjoy your blog

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  26. That is a well put together casual outfit! I still can't believe that you made the jeans... I mean I am in great admiration! Well done Eugenia!

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  27. Hey! Pants have a snug perfectoy I really like the combo you choose, the choice black and white is always a sure winner.

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  28. Both look fantastic. I love the look together. Your jeans are amazing.

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  29. Super cute Eugenia! Love the outfit combo! You'll get tons of wear from both pieces. That top is particularly darling! Love the print!

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  30. Great job on both of the garments, the jeans looks so professional. Thanks for pointing out the top pattern, it looks fantastic on you.

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  31. A great addition to your autumnal/winter wardrobe! Lovely fit on both your top and your jeans, and a nice and easy colour combo...

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  32. Excellent job on the jeans and top! I have the top Vogue pattern and appreciate your tip on adding a FBA and incorporating adjustment into the gathers.

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  33. Wow! I'm not a lover of jeans, but these are fab! I'm even contemplating buying the pattern you've made such a brilliant job. The top too, looks so comfortable and easy to wear. They both have a brilliant fit.

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  34. You definitely accomplished your goal to make a put-together casual outfit. The jeans are terrific, and the extra details make the knit top classy, while not compromising comfort. Can't wait to see all the fun fall clothes you come up with!

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  35. You know, I don't yet have a go-to pattern for a great fitted tee shirt - yours looks great!

    PS - Since you commented, my pumpkin bread recipe is here: http://fivemuses.blogspot.com/2009/12/post-thanksgivingpre-christmas-baking.html I'm eating a slice now with some tea and nursing my cold.

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  36. Casual outfits are the hardest to pull of and you did it. ! Look great !

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  37. What a great look! The tee fits you so nicely. I really need to develop a perfect-fitting TNT, after a disastrous Big 4 experience recently.

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  38. Wow those jeans look so professional. The detailing is fabulous. My sewing plans are really stalled right now - I'm still (slowly) making muslins but not making that much progress!

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  39. Eugenia, Very well put together. I'm right there with you on needing some casual basics. This is a great outfit. I'm putting the t-shirt on my list. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

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  40. Eugenia, fabulous jeans and top with very professional finishing touches. But did I hear you say 'fall'? Don't your Yankee readers know what autumn is?

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  41. How did you sew the buttonhole on the front? Did you have any trouble? Any tips would be helpful because I imagine all that seam-allowance bulk would be difficult to sew buttonholes in, and I kind of avoid sewing buttonholes in waistbands. : )

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  43. Hey Eugenia! I've missed you!! I hope you are doing well this year. I just sewed a pair of pants for my son a week ago and I had the hardest time putting rivets on. How did you do yours? Anyhow, I hope to see you blogging again soon = )

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