Monday, 22 February 2016

White Tee Blue Jeans





When I first got well and truly bitten by the sewing bug a couple of years back I made up a whole lot of stuff inspired by Pinterest and fashion blogs that I've never worn. The cold hard truth is I don't live in New York, Milan or Paris. I'm a stay at home Mum in Suburban Auckland with a part time job in a cafe. My life is pretty, well, basic... (no complaints though)


Hence the heavy output of basics lately. The jeans are Burdastyle 6798 (which I first saw on What Katie Sews ) and my tee is the SJ Tee by Papercut Patterns. I made the cropped version of the tee to wear with high waisted pants and skirts. It came out a bit too cropped for my taste so I added a hem band for more coverage. I wont be wearing it with these jeans due to midriff over-exposure but you get the picture!


The denim is a Japanese beauty procured from what is fast becoming my favourite fabric store - Drapers. If you haven't been and you're in Auckland I highly recommend them for a small but diverse range of high quality and affordable bolts of heaven! The white cotton knit is also from Drapers.

Poor old Burdastyle get a lot of flack online but I'm personally a big fan. Their pants patterns seem to be a good fit on me if I size down based on the measurement chart (size 34 for reference) and now that I'm so used to their fly insertion technique it's my favourite method. That said I usually work with the patterns from the magazine so I was a bit unsure about sizing for these which are a paper pattern.


I made a wearable jorts muslin (in a free denim scrap from The Fabric Store- whoop whoop!) in  size 36 which I had to take in to a 34 at the waist but left everything else at a 36. My conclusion is they are similar sizing as the magazine but you just need to figure out whether you want a skinny jean or a baggier version. I wear these shorts all the time BTW.


Reading the blogs of perfectionist sewers is having an effect on me so I bound the pockets and waistband edge, flat felled the back crotch and inseam and did french seams on the side. I hear y'all on the beautiful insides thing but the main reason I did fancy seams was because I wanted these suckers to have rolled cuffs and I didn't want a single zig-zag on display.


I swear every time I use a fancy technique it turns around to bite me in the bum. I didn't realize that super fraying fabric (which mine was)  is not suitable for flat felling. As a result I have a dodgy hand sewn patch up job at the crotch at the seam intersection holding everything in place. Always learning, always learning. Or never not wabi-sabi. I'm really happy with the fit but I think for my next pair I might try sizing up everywhere except at the waist for a more slouchy boyfriend jean vibe.





Have you tried making jeans yet? If not what's stopping you???

DEETS

Jeans
Pattern: Burdastyle 6798
Size: 34 at the waist half way between a 34 and 36 at the hip/crotch, 36 leg
Fabric: Japanese denim from Drapers Fabrics
Mods: Raised back patch pockets. Used a lightweight poly/cotton for the pocket bag lining
Verdict: Love! 

T-shirt
Pattern: SJ Tee by Papercut Patterns
Size: XXS
Fabric: White cotton knit from Drapers Fabrics
Mods: Added hem band
Verdict: A bit tight around the sleeves and a bit short without the hem band. But I really like it.

My measurements: 164, 87, 69, 92

19 comments:

  1. Ah, you look so effortlessly stylish in your photos. I haven't made jeans yet, despite hoarding all the materials to make them, because I know fitting is going to be a bitch :/

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    1. I hear you on the fitting aspect. I've been experimenting with pants and I now have a few TNT patterns which I'm going to keep going back to. It's a pain to fiddle around with fitting but once you've got it down it's worth it!

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  2. Basic projects are the best :)I really like shape of back pockets. Looks very interesting.

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    1. I agree. Basic projects are the best :)

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  3. I love these jeans! I've made a couple of pairs of the Ginger jeans but I fancy making some more laid back / comfy jeans or going for a boyfriend style like you suggested. Might have to give this pattern a try!

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    1. Thanks Laura! I think this is a gem of a pattern and definitely worth a try :)

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  4. Woohoo! Those jeans are ace! I've made jeans but they have a bit of a front wedgie tendency that I'm not keen on. I'm slowly working up the courage to have another go as I really want to make some high waist, straight leg jeans.

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  5. I'm happy that these were right straight out of the box. I've made two pairs of jeans (Gingers) that I've worn a lot but the crotch is just so wrong on me. I'm going to try once again with a crotch transplant from Burdastyle. Good luck with yours!

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  6. Ugh jeans! I so want to make some, but.... I so don't. What's stopping me? The fitting! The amount of stopping to topstitch! the topstitching! Accuracy! Need I go on? I actually have the Ginger jeans pattern (had it since release) and the denim. But ugh. You, however, have smashed these outta the park! Boo-yeah!

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    1. I hear you on all of those counts! There is however such satisfaction in making (and perfecting the fit of) your own jeans. Once you start you can't stop...

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  7. I really love this outfit! It's mega cute! The cut of these jeans is just exactly what I like... I need to track down this pattern! I do live in New York, but this is my daily uniform for work in a dusty workshop, so I should really sew more that suits that lifestyle!

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    1. I love the cut of these too. Definitely worth tracking down!

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  8. These are great despite the patchy crotch! Lovely pics too - very sound of music! I bought this pattern when you IG'd these too BTw!

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    1. Cool! I hope you get to make them up - it is a lovely pattern and a very comfortable cut :)

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  9. I love how your jeans turned out! The pale blue-grey with gold stitching is so nice. I'm going to re-copy you for spring! I also love the jorts...

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    1. Thanks Katie. If it weren't for you I never would have seen this pattern as I don't think many bloggers have made it up - so thank you!

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  10. I have this pattern and a few others for jeans and I haven't made jeans before, but I think I will make this one first. The back pockets are so cool. I think the denim I have might be too thick. Not sure. Yours turned out great - and I LOVE YOUR SHOES! Like espadrilles but flat and chunky, omigosh I must have them. What kind are they? Love-love-love!

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    1. Thanks! I can highly recommend this pattern. There's a few other jeans patterns out there but I think I'm going to stick to this one because they came out so good. I LOVE my shoes too! They are from "Soludos" which is a company that specialise in Espadrilles

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