Cocoon Chic: Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat

Sapporo Coat Side | Style Maker Fabrics

I have been admiring Papercut’s Sapporo Coat since it’s release earlier this year. Something about the simple lines and carefree style draws you in and just makes you want to cuddle up inside. While you can sew this coat up in just about any woven fabric, in my mind it is always sewn up in a cozy wool! I mean look at the pattern cover…don’t you want that coat in your closet, like right now!

Papercut Sapporo Coat | Style Maker Fabrics

With the weather quickly getting colder here in the PNW, I decided to dive in and make the winter coat I have been dreaming about. Watching other Sapporo Coats pop up on Instagram, one thing consistently comes up, the sizing—almost everyone goes down a size or wish they did. A cocoon coat can easily go from stylishly oversized to drowning the wearer in fabric, so this is definitely something to be aware of. Taking the lead from the sewing community and Lori (Girls in the Garden, below), I decided to sew up the smallest size (XXS/XS). Normally I wear a Medium, but in Papercut’s patterns I am typically a Small, so it isn’t surprising that they continue their trend of running on the large size.

Denim Girls in the Garden Sapporo Coat

Since this isn’t a style of coat that I would typically choose, I decided to make a muslin using some inexpensive polar fleece. I almost NEVER sew a muslin but when I am using a special fabric, like wool, I want to make sure I know what I am doing before I cut into the good stuff! I cut a straight XXS/XS and quickly sewed it up not worrying about any of the under stitching or other finishing details. With the exterior sew up, I pinned all the facings in place and tried it on. First thought—I loved how it looked! The polar fleece was a bit clingy but it fit well through the shoulders and body. The center front hung nicely but did separate a bit more than I wanted to a the hips and hem. Playing with the side seams, I decided I needed to gradually grade out a size from the hips to the hem on the lower front and back pieces. This adds about 2″ of ease total around the hips and will help with the slight gaping at the front.

Time for fabric! I was tempted to keep things neutral, drawing inspiration from the pattern cover, and go with this gorgeous vanilla textured wool or sepia boiled wool. But since most of the coats in my closet are either black or grey, my love of color overruled and I went with this rich wine color in the same boiled wool as the sepia. Now for the lining…with a splashy color for the exterior why not go all in and put something fun on the inside too, right? I have been eyeing this gorgeous rayon floral and decided that had to be the one!

Sapporo Coat Fabrics Choices | Style Maker Fabrics

Construction of my Sapporo went very smoothly. I actually got it all sewn together in a few hours one evening. The best part is the limited number of seams and the straight forward piecing, even with a full lining this coat is quick sew. One interesting thing to note on the pattern—when sewing together the lining it calls to leave an opening in one side seam for turning the coat. I followed directions but ended up turning the coat thru one of the giant sleeve openings (you tack these down in the last step). Realizing what I did, I turned the coat back inside out and stitched up the opening in the side seam with my machine since. Why do even more hand work!

Sapporo Coat Outlines | Style Maker Fabrics

One other experiment I wanted to tell you about… The sleeves on this pattern are sort of a bracelet/cropped length. After trying on my muslin I thought why not lengthen them to be a full sleeve? On my final jacket I did lengthen the sleeves about 4 inches but immediately regretted it. Remember how I mentioned cocoon coats ride a fine line between being stylish and just too much. Well full length sleeves just make this coat look like it is 4 sizes too big—like you are a child that stole your dad’s coat to keep warm! That being said, my sleeves immediately got removed, trimmed down and sewn again. Sorry I didn’t grab a photo, it was late at night but trust me what difference!

Sapporo Coat Side | Style Maker Fabrics

After a good press I tried on my finished coat and noticed some slight pulling/dropping around the facing. Due to the weight of the boiled wool, these areas needed a bit of reinforcement to help them keep their shape. A few tacks here and there at seam lines and intersections and that problem was just about fixed. I think I might still tack a bit more down the shoulder seams but overall it looks great. What do you think?

Sapporo Coat Side Wide | Style Maker Fabrics

Sapporo Coat Lining Peek | Style Maker Fabrics

Sapporo Coat Front Collar | Style Maker Fabrics

Sapporo Coat Back | Style Maker Fabrics

For a lot of people the task of sewing a winter coat seems unsurmountable. I got over this fear a while back when I took on Closet Case’s Clare Coat, which remains one of my favorite handmade pieces! My advice is, “Just do it”! With the detailed instructions the amazing indie designers provide, they will walk you thru each step and help you make your project successful. “Bagging” a coat really isn’t that scary and you learn so much about construction when taking on projects like this. For those just venturing into winter layers, I would highly recommend Papercut’s Sapporo—there aren’t a million pieces, fussy zippers or complex tailoring. Coupled with its easy, modern styling and relatively quick sewing time, it is a win-win for seamstresses of all levels. Did I mention how cozy it is?

Keep warm this winter and happy sewing!

Michelle

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Ultra Light Fall Tamarack Jacket

Tamarack with Denali Pocket Detail | Style Maker Fabrics

The Tamarack jacket was made for fall—the perfect layer to throw on for those chilly mornings when you aren’t quite sure what weather will do. Last fall I sewed up my first Tamarack, quilting and all, in a sueded coating and flannel combination. While I want nothing more than to pull this out of the closet to enjoy again this season, the weather just isn’t cooperating! Hovering right around 60° F, my cozy quilted Tamarack is a bit TOO cozy…

Classic Take on Grainline's Tamarack | Style Maker Fabrics

To get my Tamarack fix I thought I would sew up another version, a little lighter this time, that I can wear now as we continue to transition to cooler weather. Thinking about my favorite RTW ultra light puffy jacket, why not try to create something similar? I know… a handmade down jacket… not really something you just sew, right? Lucky for me, we found some amazing quilted nylon coatings to have in the shop this fall. They aren’t real down, but they will do the trick AND the quilting is all done for me!

Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket | Style Maker Fabrics

Keeping with the navy kick I have been on lately, I picked a coating that has a soft navy matte nylon on one side and a black ripstop nylon on the other. It is the perfect weight for the jacket I have in mind—light but warm! Since we don’t have un-quilted nylon to match, I experimented with a few different pre-made bias tapes to pair with it—jersey knit, denim chambray, leather. So many good options, but I kept coming back to this “Liberty inspired” floral lawn bias. I love the feminine touch that it adds to the more utilitarian fabric and the background color matches perfectly!

Since I was saving so much time on this project by using pre-quilted fabric, I decided to go the extra mile and bind all the seams with the gorgeous cotton lawn bias tape. This project is actually perfect for Hong Kong finished seams, you can actually bind almost all of the edges BEFORE you sew it together! The only seams I did not finish were the armholes (front and back), sleeve caps and sleeve hems. Note: This method does require twice as much bias binding as the pattern call for—about 10 yards.

Bias Tape Tutorial | Style Maker Fabrics

As an experienced quilter, I always finish my binding, even on garments, like I would a quilt with diagonal joins. Check out this tutorial I did over on Sew Mama Sew blog a while back for lots of great bias sewing tips on garments. Being a glutton for punishment, bias binding means lots of hand sewing! I just can’t bring myself to finish it by machine… I like the clean look of hand tacking it down on the reverse site. Bright side? It is a great TV project and with all the great new fall shows I am ok with that!

PRO TIP! When binding my pieces ahead of time, I actually planned out my front pieces and neckline so that I could finish the binding all the way around, catching the shoulder seams inside. I finished the binding across each shoulder and around the sides, hems and fronts and the left enough bias unattached to go around part way around neckline. Once I stitched the shoulder seams and pressed the seam open, I attached and finished the binding the rest of the way around the neckline joining the two ends at the center back.

Once I had all the seams bound the jacket went together really quickly. I decided not to bind the arm holes, but elected to serge both sides of the seam allowance instead. Once the side seams were sewn I finished the sleeves off with a bit more bias binding and I was done! Now for the pockets… I wasn’t going to attempt welt pockets with the nylon fabric. The standard pockets on the Tamarack also aren’t my favorite design. Using Meg’s version as inspiration, I elected to use the pocket pieces from Seamwork’s Denali vest instead (Pages 42-43 and 50-51, if you have the pattern!). I bound the open edge with binding, serged the remaining edges, turned them under and topstitched each pocket in place.

Tamarack with Denali Pocket Detail | Style Maker Fabrics

A couple of notes on the nylon quilted fabric. First, this fabric was a breeze to cute and sew! It was actually less slippery that I thought it was going to be and even the more difficult set in sleeves went in easily. Second, I did notice that with little resistance from the fabric, the quilting stitches were tempted to come unstitched along the edges with all the handling. This wasn’t much of an issue since I bound all the seams but it might be a good idea to Fray Check the edges where you cut thru the quilting threads to hold them in place. Last, pressing was a bit of an issue. I didn’t want to risk melting the fabric and kept my iron settings on low. I did have a hard time getting seams to stay pressed open. I think it is just the nature of the fabric, but I might experiment with the iron setting a bit more and see if I can add a bit more heat.

Tamarack Bias Binding Detail | Style Maker Fabrics

All in all, I LOVE this jacket! I achieved everything I wanted, a light weight jacket to throw on everyday this fall until the colder temperatures arrive. I love the floral bias detail on all the edges and the pockets. Just enough interest added the “black canvas” of the quilted solid. P.S. I highly recommend this pocket alteration. I love the angled opening!

Nylon Tamarack Jacket Front | Style Maker Fabrics

Nylon Tamarack Jacket Back | Style Maker Fabrics

Nylon Tamarack Jacket Fall Colors | Style Maker Fabrics

What do you think? Ready to try some alternative fabric choices, like quilted nylon? I couldn’t be happier with my results and it is totally unexpected to be memade!

What are you working on for your fall wardrobe? Any suggestions for my next project? I’m thinking maybe a fall trench coat in a soft nylon twill and the Papercut Sapporo is definitely on my list!

Happy Fall Sewing!

Michelle

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Fall Style Blog Tour | Sophisticated Leisure

Style Maker Fabrics | Fall Leisure Outfit

Can you believe fall is finally here? It seems like we have been waiting forever!

It’s no secret, fall is my favorite season! I just love all the colors and flavors and the excuse to wear lots of cozy layers. In putting our fall collection together I started dreaming of all the sweatshirts, cardigans and coats I wanted to make this season. If you follow along with us on Instagram, you may have seen the stack of knits I snagged and already started sewing for myself. Sometimes I have little self control…

Style Maker Fabrics | Fall Sewing Plans

To kick off our Fall Style Blog Tour 2017, I decided to experiment with the “athletic” trend that continues to be popular this season. We are pretty casual here in the Pacific Northwest and I normally live in knits and jeans so this seems like a good fit for me and my lifestyle. Leisure suits, joggers, sweatshirts, hoodies and puff coats—all great pieces!

The release of Named’s FW17 collection sealed the deal! I immediately fell in love with their Gemma sweater and Ruri sweatpants. Sophisticated but comfortable, these patterns help elevate what could be overly casual into something that is more unique and dare I say stylish.

Style Maker Fabrics | Named Patterns

Now for the hard/fun part… picking the right fabrics. For Gemma, the pattern calls for medium to heavy weight knits that can be color blocked or reversed for the geometric detail at the front. After looking at a few French terrys and sweatshirt fleeces, I settled on a stretch velour in a really pretty heathered taupe with a cream reverse. I’m loving the darker neutral tones!

Ruri suggests a mid-weight sweatshirt fleece but I think any medium weight, thicker knit would do. Since I was going for a little less casual look, I laid out several different ponte knits but couldn’t settle on the right one. In the end I made kind of an unconventional choice, I picked out a stretch double twill (aka tricotine) in a deep espresso brown. Not only does it have a great weight and stretch for these pants but it is also the perfect color to pair with the velour!

With the fabric and patterns selected, time to get sewing! I sewed up both of these pieces over a weekend and only made a couple of slight changes. Based on the sizing I selected a size 8 (my normal size for Named patterns), but decided to lengthen both garments a bit. I am 5′ 9″ and tend to like things on the longer side, so I always look at the finished garment measurements to check the length or inseam. For the Gemma sweater I added 2″ close to the hem so I didn’t alter the piecing details. And on the Ruri I again added 2″, this time lengthening at the knee.

Actually sewing the Gemma was a lot of fun! It is like a sewing puzzle that you aren’t quite sure how it is going to go together. Named does a great job with the instruction, just be sure to follow them, especially when it comes to which way to press the seam allowance! The sequence in which the pieces go together is perfectly planned and interlock perfectly. The velour fabric I picked sewed together beautifully and was not difficult to work with at all. Probably the biggest thing to watch for is the direction of the nap on the wrong side. It doesn’t matter so much when it is on the inside but on the pieces that are visible you want to make sure you have them going all the same direction, in my case that was downward.

Style Maker Fabrics | Velour Gemma Sweater

One last minute change I made was flipping the funnel neck so that it matched the geometric accent. I like the additional cream contrast and the extra softness around my neck. I also didn’t have grommets for the drawstring at the hem so I made due with button holes. Not a big change but I thought I would mention it in case you don’t have grommets on hand either.

Style Maker Fabrics | Ruri Sweatpants Snap Hem Detail

I don’t have much to note on sewing the Ruri pants together. The process was straightforward and rather simple as well. I love the faux fly front and the partial elastic waistband. And those snaps at the bottom cuffs are spot on! The only change I made was since I used more of a woven fabric, I did serge the hem before stitching it in place just to prevent any raveling. In the future I might also figure out making the pocket bags slightly larger so that I can catch them in the waistband seam just to secure them in place.

Now for the big reveal…

Style Maker Fabrics | Ruri/Gemma Leisure Suit

Style Maker Fabrics | Fall Leisure Outfit

Style Maker Fabrics | Fall Leisure Sweater

I love how this outfit turned out—the perfect combination of sporty and sophisticated and the velour sweatshirt is so cozy! Not only would I feel comfortable wearing this out-and-about, I think it would also be work appropriate. Both garments fit great and I am definitely glad I lengthened both of them. The Ruri pants are technically designed to be more of a cropped length but I think I am liking this ankle length a bit better—perfect to pair with booties!

Style Maker Fabric | Gemma Sweater Up Close

Style Maker Fabrics | Ruri Leisure Pants

I can definitely see myself making more versions of both these garments. I’d love to try the Ruri pants in a sweatshirt fleece as recommended just to see how cozy they really are! And on the Gemma I think a color blocked version would be fun or one in all the same fabric with top stitching to accent the piecing. What do you think? Any other amazing ideas/interpretations?

That wraps up Day 1 of our Fall Style Blog Tour 2017. Join us again tomorrow for Day 2 over on the Chalk and Notch blog. We can’t wait to see what Gabriela sewed up—she picked out some pretty amazing fabrics!

Happy Fall Sewing!

Michelle

P.S. Learn more about our fall fabric collection and get the full tour schedule HERE.

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Summer Boho Vibe | Papercut’s Kochi Kimono

Kochi Kimono | Style Maker Fabrics

I have been on the search for the perfect kimono pattern for a while. Something shorter, a bit more fitted, just a simple, classic style. In searching I felt a little like Goldilocks—lots of patterns that were close but not quite right. Then, Papercut Patterns released the Kochi Kimono! Slightly more fitted through the shoulders and the sleeves aren’t too wide, this pattern combines all of the elements that I was looking for into one nice package!

Papercut Kochi Kimono | Style Maker Fabrics

Now to pick fabric to compliment Papercut’s Kochi. As it is still summer and quite warm here in the Pacific Northwest, I thought go with something light weight and with great drape. I also love that Anthro-inspired Bohemian style which lead me to choosing this amazing block print rayon challis.

Now to get cutting and sewing! If you have sewn with Papercut before you know these patterns run big, I am typically a medium but in their patterns I always make a small. To keep with the classic look I am going for I selected View C of the Kochi—no pockets or tie and added neckband. In looking at the finished garment measurements, the finished length was a bit shorter than I wanted it to be. I decided to add an 2″ to the body length, making the hem hit right about my hip. I added the length in the bottom third of the front and back pattern pieces. The back piece is almost square making this change very easy. The front required a little extra tweaking as one side of the piece tapers a bit. Don’t forget to also add the length to the neckband pieces!

Papercut Kochi Versions | Style Maker Fabrics

Sewing my Kochi together, ALL of the raw edges are finished with my serger. The pattern clearly directs you when to finish the edge before sewing and press the seam open or finish the seam allowance after it is sewn. I think the pattern did miss a couple so I made sure all my edges were serged. I also serged my hem and sleeves before folding them up and topstitching. On a heavier fabric I might be tempted to finish the raw edges with bias binding but for this I didn’t want a lot of extra bulk and that is a lot of extra work on a first try of a pattern.

The only other change I made to the Kochi pattern is how I attached the neckband. I decided to kick the Boho vibe up a notch and add a geometric trim insert in the seam. A great added detail without a lot of extra work. The first question was how to attached the neckband to one side of the trim? To keep a nice finished edge I folded the neckband right sides in and sandwiched the trim between the layers. Then, I stitched a long tube with 1/4″ seam, turned it right side out and pressed.

Neckband Hem Piece | Style Maker FabricsNext, to attach my new “neckband” to the kimono I finished off the front edge with the serger and pinned my neckband in place, starting at the back neck. Now for the trickiest part, at the hem I trimmed the neckband 3/4″ short of meeting the hem. Weird, right?

I also cut a roughly two 3″ squares from my fabric scraps and folded all the raw edges to the wrong side and folded this in half. This created a little hem for my neck band that is about the same width as the actual hem on the kimono. Lining everything up in place, I sandwiched each end of the neck band (about 1/2″) between the folded hem piece and top-stitched. You want to keep everything pinned so that it all lines up correctly.

Kochi Neckband Trimmed | Style Maker Fabrics

Last but not least, I stitched the finished neck band on using a 1/4″ seam allowance, taking care to catch only the edge of the decorative trim. Pressed the seam to the body of the kimono and I was set!!

Now for the big reveal…

Kochi Kimono Front | Style Maker Fabrics

Kochi Kimono Side | Style Maker Fabrics

My Kochi Kimono is the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe. I love how the fabric feels almost weightless and kind of catches in the breeze. And that print… so fun for this Boho style. It kind of reminds me of a bandanna or even henna designs. Overall, the fit is just right and I like the added length and the side slits and it the perfect layering piece for a warm day.

Kochi Kimono Trim Detail | Style Maker Fabrics

I am so happy with my choice to add the trim insert, such a fun extra detail and the finish turned out amazing. Trims like this are so easy to add to just about any garment—insert them in an existing seam, split a pattern piece and slip it in between or even cut off the hem and add it just above it. I was thinking after the fact that adding it to my kimono sleeve hems would be another great option. Maybe next time!

Kochi Kimono Back | Style Maker Fabrics

Guess I need to start thinking about a fall version. Any thoughts of fabric choice? Maybe a soft wool or go crazy and try a stable knit? Oh, and pair it with a turtle neck! So many ideas, not enough time to sew…

Michelle

Summer Watercolor Ebony Tunic

Redrawing the Ebony Pattern Pieces | Style Maker Fabrics

I have been practically living in my Closet Case Ebony Tees since first sewing up this pattern earlier this year! Now that summer is here in full force it is time to add another to my wardrobe.

Shibori Ebony Twirl | Style Maker Fabrics

While I love the amazing swing to the Ebony, sometimes all that extra fabric does get in the way and I long for a slimmer version. A few fellow sewists on Instagram tackled this issue using various methods but I decided to take the simple, straight forward approach. First, I traced a fresh copy of my front and back pieces on pattern tissue. On each piece, I then measured along the hem 6 inches from the side seam and drew a straight line up to the underarm. This decreased the circumference of the hem by about 24 inches (that seems like a ton, right?). I settled on the 6 inch amount by trying on my shibori version again and pinching in the side seams to get the fit I wanted—seemed like a good place to start.

Redrawing the Ebony Pattern Pieces | Style Maker Fabrics

With my pattern pieces trimmed down, I needed to make sure my side seams matched up. In looking at the original pieces, the back pieces should be trimmed/curved up to be even with the front. I laid the back piece over the front, matching the side seams at the under arms, and drew a gentle curve from the edge of the front piece out to the hem, shown below. With my alterations complete and I continued on as directed in the pattern and with the changes that I made previously for my 3/4-length raglan sleeve tunic.

Trimmed Ebony Pattern Pieces | Style Maker Fabrics

Now for the fun part, fabric choice! One of my favorite pieces in the shop right now is this watercolor stripe jersey knit. Lighter weight and perfectly drapey for a summer Ebony tee! I think my favorite part though it the color and the amazing movement and random look of the print. In cutting my pieces out I did my best to match up the “stripes” as best I could. The variegated look made this a bit more difficult and not an absolute match but close enough. I also decided to cut my sleeves out so they DID NOT match, embracing the abstract look of the knit.

Watercolor Stripe Jersey | Style Maker Fabrics

Sewing this Ebony up was quick and straight forward. I finished my necklines and hem with my cover-stitch machine for a professional look and I am loving the results!

Watercolor Ebony Front View | Style Maker Fabrics

I was worried I took out too much of the swing (24 inches is a lot!), but I think it was the just about the right amount, especially for the front. I might continue to tweak the back a bit, add a couple inches of swing back in and shorten the curve of the hem. Nothing major but I think these changes may help fix a bit of clinging that I noticed in wearing this top on repeat over the last week.

Watercolor Ebony Side View | Style Maker FabricsWatercolor Ebony Back | Style Maker FabricsWatercolor Ebony Front | Style Maker FabricsAll in all, I think my watercolor Ebony turned out to be the perfect addition for the summer wardrobe! And this pattern continues to move up my list of favorite patterns. If you haven’t sewing this one up yet, you need to now! And this jersey… I think the photos say it all!

Michelle

Tropical Summer Gallery Tunic

Tropical Gallery Tunic Front | Style Maker Fabrics

Summer has officially arrived! As temperatures finally are starting to increase here in the Pacific Northwest I have been looking at my warm weather wardrobe trying to figure out what it is missing and what I want. One item I keep coming back to is a RTW tunic that I absolutely love wearing. It is a soft, drapey rayon and perfectly over-sized— just the right combination for summer.

Ready to Wear Inspiration | Style Maker Fabrics

Rayon Tunic Ready to Wear Inspiration

In search for a pattern to create my own version I went to the sewing community on Instagram for advise. Hey June’s Cheyenne Tunic and Closet Case’s Kalle Shirt were among the recommendations, but the overwhelming response was to go with Liesl & Co.’s Gallery Tunic. Looking into this pattern further it includes the pleat details at the front and back and has that slightly over-sized relaxed look just like my favorite tunic. It is missing the gathered tabbed sleeves but that is something I can always add.Gallery Tunic Pattern | Style Maker Fabrics

Next, time to pick out fabric! I have been kind of obsessed with tropical prints this year and thought I should probably have a fun tropical shirt for the summer. Right!?

Tropical Fabrics Options | Style Maker Fabrics

With so many fun colors and patterns to choose from I decided to start out with my two favorite colors, blue and green. A little on the safe side I know but something that I can wear everyday and not feel like I should be on a beach somewhere.

Tropical Leaves Shirting | Style Maker Fabrics

In sewing up the pattern, the instructions are very clear and concise which is always appreciated. It also includes some great tips and tricks along the way that give you a very professional, finished look. I went with a size 8 in View A, the tunic length with a traditional collar, and didn’t make any major changes to the pattern. I did widen the sleeves at the elbow by about 1/2″ on either side, a standard adjustment for me.

Tropical Gallery Tunic Front | Style Maker Fabrics

This tunic came together quite quickly once I got the front pleat and placket done. The only other time intensive step was folding and pressing the curved baseball hem in place. As recommended in the pattern, taking your time with this step as the bias folding can be a bit tricky but turns out wonderfully with a little finesse and a good pressing!

Gallery Tunic Hem | Style Maker Fabrics

After putting this tunic on for the first time I never wanted to take it off! This rayon shirting was the perfect choice—soft and drapey like a rayon challis but just enough structure and stability that a more traditional cotton shirting might offer.

Tropical Gallery Tunic | Style Maker Fabrics

And let’s not forget to mention that leaf print! I love how this tunic length and curved hem really shows off the fabric. You also barley notice the pleats on the front and back and the color variation on those leaves is gorgeous!

Tropical Gallery Tunic Back | Style Maker Fabrics

All in all, a great first attempt at a me-made version of my favorite tunic. I think another version is in my near future with even wider sleeves and added tab detail. Hey June’s Cheyenne Tunic pattern will come in handy… This tropical version of the Gallery Tunic is sure to get lots of wear this summer! And I think I found a new go-to pattern to enjoy year round!

Michelle

Spring Style Blog Tour: Denim Jacket and Wide Leg Pants

To kick our Spring Style Tour 2017 I thought I would jump all in with a new spring jacket! The question was, which one? In perusing the spring styles in ready-to-wear two silhouettes kept jumping out at me, 1) a classic denim jacket and 2) a sporty bomber jacket.

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect with release of Named’s spring collection and the Maisa denim jacket. That pretty much made the decision for me, along with the arrival of this amazing washed bleached selvage denim. A match made in sewing heaven!

Named Maisa Jacket Pattern and Washed Selvage Denim | Style Maker Fabrics

Sewing this denim jacket was definitely a step out of my comfort zone. It wasn’t something I could whip up in an afternoon but was one of the most rewarding projects I have ever sewn. I didn’t make any changes to the pattern and sewed a straight size 40. Not only does it look like something I bought at a department store, it is also something I never thought I ever could/would sew. I haven’t had a denim jacket in my wardrobe in many years and I am excited to say that this one is handmade!

Maisa Selvage Denim Jacket | Style Maker Fabrics

A couple words of wisdom when sewing a Denim Jacket:

  1. Stock up on top-stitching thread! It is amazing how much you will use as you topstitch just about every seam… TWICE. (I might have had three machines going for this project- regular thread, top stitching thread and serger)
  2. Stock up on needles! Some of those pesky areas where the denim is many layers think can be hard on sewing machines, needles and your patience.
  3. Take your time and don’t rush- patience pays off and it will all come together in the end. Even when you don’t think it will!

To finish off the look I sewed up Megan Nielsen’s new Flint pants. Wide leg and super comfy these cropped trousers are perfect for spring/summer here in the Pacific Northwest. They are also the perfect pairing for my cropped denim jacket in this drapey olive twill!

Rayon Twill Flint Pants Front | Style Maker Fabrics

Rayon Twill Flint Pants Back | Style Maker Fabrics

In sewing my Flint pants I did take in the legs a bit after sewing them together and trying them on before I added the waist band. The legs were a little too wide for me and my style. I tapered in, starting just below the pocket, angling down each side to about 1-1/2″ in from the side seam at the hem. This took each leg in a total of about 6″. That sounds like a lot but they are still plenty wide for me! I also trimmed the length 1″ and hemmed as directed.

Overall, I love how my new spring look turned out! It pushed me out of my sewing comfort zone and jump started my spring wardrobe. I have already sewn up another jacket (Rigel bomber) to go with these pants! Watch for another post coming soon with all the details.

Follow along with us as the Spring Style Tour 2017 continues tomorrow with Day Two! We will be traveling up to Canada to see what Rachel of Maker Style has planned for spring.

Happy Spring Sewing!

Michelle

P.S. New to our Style Blog Tours? Check our the recaps from last spring and fall, HERE and HERE!

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