My handmade wardrobe has been reaching a whole new level of awesomeness lately. Whether it’s the plethora of amazing fabrics that I have access to, all the fabulous indie patterns being produced, or the fact that my skillz have significantly improved over the past 6 years of sewing, I’ll take it! I feel like pretty much everything I make looks like it’s from a store. And, to me, that’s super cool!
I’ve found that one of the most important things to sewing something that looks RTW is using the right fabric. Lucky for us home sewists, finding beautiful, quality apparel fabrics is getting easier. Michelle, from Style Maker Fabrics, curates a gorgeous collection of fabrics and I got to play with two from her Spring 2018 collection. A black stretch denim and a polka dot rayon crepe.
As part of the Style Maker Fabrics Spring 2018 blog tour, I sewed up two new-to-me patterns – the Closet Case Patterns Ginger Jeans and the Style Arc Harmony Woven Top.
Pattern: Closet Case Patterns Ginger Jeans in View B
Fabric: Washed Stretch Slub Denim in Onyx from Style Maker Fabrics.
This fabric is a really nice mid-weight cotton/lycra blend with a 30% stretch and a nice stretch and recovery. So far, I think the stretch and recovery is going to hold up well and not bag out too quickly, but I’ll have to update after wearing them for a full day at work. Also, Style Maker Fabrics carries notions too and I was able to get the Closet Case Zip Fly Hardware Set in Nickel. I love a one stop shop!
I also used a scrap piece of black leather for the back patch. I love how small details can really make a big difference in looking RTW.
I initially cut the size 6 because my measurements typically fluctuate between the size 4 and size 6 on the Closet Case Patterns size chart. However, after a quick baste fitting, they were huge. The Ginger Jeans call for a fabric with at least 20% stretch, so since these have 30%, it was a good thing I did a baste fitting. PSA – It is always good pracitice to do a baste fit first, especially for making something as labor intensive as jeans.
During my first baste fitting, I took the side seams by an additional 1.25 inches total and thought it fit much better. I checked the pattern pieces and realized that taking it in that much was basically the size 0, so I recut all my pattern pieces to the 0. I then did another baste fitting and decided that it was a little snug though the calves so I adjusted the side seams a bit during the real fitting. I think a size 2 would have probably fit the same after I was done.
Modifications: Closet Case Patterns typically fit me pretty well right out of the package. However, I did take a 3/8″ wedge out of each yoke piece. Also, had to chop off like 3 inches since I’m short.
Thoughts: Sewing jeans is just one of those things that makes you feel like a badass. I made my first pair of jeans last summer (the Closet Case Patterns Morgan Jeans) and I’m glad I finally got around to making the Gingers since my favorite pair of black skinnies recently bit the dust. I was worried about finding a pair that I liked as much, but I think these are quickly going to take their place. 🙂
Next Time: I’ve never owed white jeans (probably because I have a tendency to drop snacks on myself) so maybe a white pair. Also, I’d like to do a chewed hem like most of the jeans at Madewell right now. Or, maybe I’ll get the flair expansion pack and make a 70’s inspired pair? So many options!
Pattern: Style Arc Harmony Woven Top
Fabric: Rayon Crepe Polka Dot in Black/Cream from Style Maker Fabrics.
This fabric is great! It’s so soft and drapey! And, because of that, it’s a little trickier to work with but SO worth it. It’s not by any means the hardest fabric I’ve ever encountered, but stay stitching the curves and serging the straight edges helped a lot. This fabric reminds me a bit of a gauze too since it’s so soft.
Modifications: None. However, I did crop the length by 4ish inches so I could wear it with high waisted things.
Thoughts: I love this top! The flouncy sleeves are so pretty and the keyhole back is a fun (and necessary, due to the size of the neck) detail. I think this top can be dressy enough for work but also cute and casual for weekend activities. Plus, I pretty much love anything with polka dots.
This was my first time sewing a Style Arc pattern. I was a little surprised that when you buy one of their patterns, they only send you the size you ordered plus one size above and below. I haven’t seen this before since most patterns come with the full size range. I don’t think this is really an issue for me since I basically only sew for myself. 🙂 However, if you are between sizes, you won’t be able to blend them since they are different PDFs. Also, the instructions are a little sparse (although there are some supporting graphics that I had to stare at a little while to understand), but if you are an adventurous beginner, I think you’d be fine. I’m pleased with the overall fit of the pattern. It’s pretty spot on for me, so I’m glad to know that their patterns run true to their size chart for when I sew another Style Arc pattern.
Next Time: I might scoop out the neck a bit more so I don’t have to use the keyhole opening to take it on and off.
Thanks so much, Michelle, for including me on the blog tour! Make sure to check out this post to find links to everyone else on the Style Maker Fabrics Spring 2018 Tour!
Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with the Style Maker Fabrics Spring 2018 blog tour but, as always, the thoughts expressed are my own.