Hi Monthly Stitchers!
My July was really full, so I wasn’t able to submit anything for the first three challenges, but I had 5 free days at the end of the month and pulled together this outfit for the Indie Royalty challenge.
My outfit has 4 parts (these links go to my blog, where there is a ridiculous amount of detail about each project):
- Papercut – Rigel Bomber
- Sew Over It – Ultimate Trousers
- Named – Inari Tee
- The Inspired Wren – Lined Tote Bag
I love this outfit! The colors are right up my alley and I think I’ll get lots of wear out of the pieces individually and as an outfit.
Marc-esque Rigel Bomber
This indie gem is the Rigel Bomber from Papercut Patterns. The pattern is well drafted, and the instructions clear. I had a great time making it and love my new jacket.
I found this amazing fabric on a trip to NYC at Mood. I had in my mind that it was a Marc Jacobs print, but the selvedge is blank and I can’t find my receipt to verify. To me, it looks similar to this Marc Jacobs print, so I’m calling it at least Marc-esque. Does anybody know if it’s a Marc?
Whoever the maker, this fabric is a dream. It’s a medium-weight crepe and presses well.
The Rigel bomber is unlined, but I added a lining using this super helpful lining tutorial from Kat. (Hi Kat! Thanks for the tutorial!) I used a SuperFine Bemberg Lining from Wawak. I love this lining and will order it again. It is really smooth and has a good weight to it. It makes me happy when I slide on my jacket.
I cut a large based on the envelope measurements and my only change was to add 1/2″ to the sleeve length. Most sleeves are a touch too short for me and it feels like such a luxury to have sleeves that are a tad too long!
I thought it would be cool to add little touches that tied the pieces together that only I (and now you!) would know about. I added flat piping to the seam between the lining and the jacket using the curry gaberdine from the pants in the outfit. I used the jacket fabric as the “this is the back of your pants” tag, and the jacket lining fabric as the inner pocket in the bag. All these little things make me smile.
This amazing gabardine in curry is from Emma One Sock. This fabric is yummy (and not just because it’s named curry). Emma One Sock always has great quality, and this fabric is no disappointment. It presses like a dream, and has a beautiful hand. I loved sewing with it.
It took awhile, but I finally settled on the Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers because I thought the flat front and tapered leg would pair well with the bomber jacket. I had a lot of adventures with the fitting of these pants, but am happy with how they turned out. I understitched the waistband, finished the edges by serging, and added a faced hem. I used the blind hem foot for the hem.
Blue Suede Tote
I’m super-excited to have made a bag!
This is a free Lined Tote pattern from The Inspired Wren. I thought the proportions of this bag are ideal. At 8 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ x 4″ it will be perfect for throwing my iPad, lunch, and bottle of Yerba Mate in as I run out the door for work. It has an outer pocket and reinforced bottom.
I know I named this the Blue Suede bag, which might have led you to think I used actual suede. I didn’t, but I’ve always wanted blue suede shoes. So there you go. Actually I used a super-awesome blue velveteen-ish home dec fabric and pleather from the stash.
I wanted a stiffer bag than designed, so I added more thickness in the form of ThermoWeb Heat-and-Bond Fusible Fleece (non-affiliate link). I was worried about the long-term fusing, so I sewed it into the seams as well. This made for a super-thick bag. 14 layers in some places. My Bernina powered through, but I think she was a little mad.
I used a heavy duty regular needle (90/14), a teflon foot, and lengthened my stitch length to a 3 for topstitching. I used my iron on medium with a press cloth and only destroyed one piece of pleather in the process. (I’m calling that a win!)
I added an interior pocket and a key clip that I salvaged from another bag. Not that I’m the type of person who would ever use a key clip. But I’d like to be. And if the urge to clip overtakes me I’ll be ready.
Overall, I’m really pleased with my first bagmaking effort and I’m hooked on bagmaking! I want to make All The Bags.
NAMED INARI TEE
I’ve been watching the Inari pop up all over the blogosphere since it came out. I wanted to make the tee before committing to the dress, so started this shirt is a wearable muslin. Then the announcement for the IPM challenges came out, and I though it would be great for this outfit!
I had read that the Inari tends to ride up when you raise your arms, so I used this alteration by Handmade by Carolyn before even cutting into my fabric. The alteration worked beautifully.
I like this silhouette on me more than I thought I would. I really like how the cropped, boxy top pairs with these pants. Unfortunately, this top won’t make it into regular rotation. It was a mystery fabric I found in my stash (yeah for stashbusting!) but it’s very itchy (boo for itchy!). I was thinking that I’d put up with that, but after wearing it for the photoshoot today I’ve decided it’s just too short for me (boo for too short!).
This color is super useful, so I’ll be thinking about adding a knit t-shirt and a woven tee in this color. I’m still undecided about the Inari dress, but have lots of other things in my queue to keep me busy while I decide!
I’m really happy that almost everything came from my stash. I only bought lining and zippers. (So that means there’s more room in the stash now for new fabric, right….?)
Thanks so much to my super husband/photographer for taking all of the good pictures and pimping them up. All of the bad detail close-up shots are my fault.
Also thanks to the rest of my family for eating leftovers, take-out, and “breakfast for dinner” for a week.
And especially, thanks to Kat and Mel for putting on Indie Pattern Month! I can’t imagine how much work you put into this event.