A Christmas Roscoe Blouse

Christmas Traditions Rayon Flat | Style Maker Fabrics

When searching for fabrics for our shop, we sometimes stumble across a find just too good to pass up! While putting together out Resort 2018 collection we found a treasure trove of rayon shirtings from tropical menswear designer Rehn Spooner. In amongst all of the gorgeous tropical prints and scenics we uncovered this Christmas gem!

We rarely find seasonal fabrics and this one is kind of over the top adorable! Vintage-inspired the print includes everything you love about this time of year—ice skating, horse drawn sleighs, Christmas trees, packages, snowmen and of course, jolly old St. Nick! Now the big question, what to make with it?

ModCloth is a great RTW site for inspiration, especially for more novelty print fabrics like this one. I pulled together a few of my favorites including a gathered skirt, pajamas and a fun holiday robe. I also found some great indie patterns to help create each look!

Modcloth Garment Inspiration | Style Maker Fabrics

Holiday Garment Indie Pattern Options | Style Maker Fabrics

Carolyn Pajamas | Cleo Skirt | Lakeside Pajamas | Lahja Dressing Gown

While I love all of these ideas, I have in my head a fun holiday top. This printed rayon challis is lighter weight, super soft and drapes beautifully—perfect for a tunic or blouse! With that in mind I narrowed down my pattern choices to the Sew Liberated Matcha Top and the True Bias Roscoe Blouse. Both have that kind of oversized relaxed look I love and will show off the pattern well. With the help of the Instagram polling feature and the online sewing community I settled on the Roscoe!

Matcha Top | Roscoe Blouse

My Christmas Roscoe Blouse went together start to finish in just one afternoon. This is a pattern I have sewn before and I love how easy it goes together. The fussiest part is all the gathering on the neckline and sleeves, but the bound-edge finish looks amazing and it really doesn’t take too time. One recommendation—I don’t ever waste my time trying to stitch-in-the-ditch. Rather than try to stitch over the previous stitching and catch all the layers at the same time, I like to top stitch 1/8″ away from the “ditch”. It saves me a lot of time, aggravation and always gives a nice finish every time.

Christmas Roscoe Blouse Front | Style Maker Fabrics Christmas Roscoe Blouse Side | Style Maker Fabrics

Christmas Roscoe Blouse Back | Style Maker Fabrics

I love how my Christmas blouse turned out! Yes, some may think it is a bit cheesy but I love the vintage feel and its total uniqueness. I definitely won’t run into anyone else with such an awesome holiday shirt! Kelli’s Roscoe has become one of my TNT patterns that I can always go back to. The relaxed style with the subtle feminine touches make it a great pattern for any occasion. I might have a stack of other drapey wovens just waiting to become a few more Roscoe tops… I might mix a few Matcha Tops in for good measure!

Happy Holidays!

Michelle

Emerson Crop Pants Meets Shibori Rayon

My favorite make of the summer- Emerson Crop Pants from True Bias!

Earlier this summer during my getaway to Sisters, Oregon I found the most amazing rayon pants in a local boutique. They were the perfect “secret pajamas” that we all want and hope for in our wardrobe. While I rarely buy any ready-made garments these days, that occasional perfect piece is just too good to pass up. Once home, my dream was to find a pattern and create more versions of these dreamy pants.

Shibori Border Print Emerson Pants

Shibori Border Print Emerson Pants

Kelli from True Bias must have been on the same wavelength because not two weeks later she released her Emerson Crop Pants pattern! Almost exactly like my boutique find but even better. I of course ordered the pattern right away and immediately started planning sewing up my own versions.

Emerson Crop Pants Pattern from True Bias

Emerson Crop Pants Pattern from True Bias

I played with a few fabric options but continued to come back to one of our most popular fabrics in the shop these days, the shibori double border rayon. This fabric is incredibly soft, has amazing drape and still has enough body and weight to make it acceptable for pants- I knew it would be an amazing choice for this pattern.

Fabric Choice | Shibori Double Border Print Rayon Challis

Fabric Choice | Shibori Double Border Print Rayon Challis

Time to sew! Due to the relaxed fit and elastic waistband, I decided to skip making a muslin. Normally for pants I wouldn’t skip this step but the forgiving nature of this pattern saved me some time! I went with a size 10 based on the measurements in the pattern.

The pattern took no time at all to cut out, although I did take some time to plan out how I wanted the border designs to appear and to match up elements as best I could at the seams. It also took only a couple hours to sew start to finish. I sewed up the pockets and body of the pants in one evening and then finished up the waistband and hems the next afternoon. Hint: I recently tried out a new tool from Clover and I am a complete convert! No more safety pins for me! Pair it with their new elastic lock for a match made in sewing heaven.

Attaching my Emerson waistband with some new favorite tools.

Attaching my Emerson waistband with some new favorite tools.

Overall, the pattern was short, sweet and easy to follow. You will also love the waistband detail with the flat front and elastic back! I was a little unsure about the four pleats across the front but they also proved to be a great detail and when paired with the flat panel waist, actually have a nice slimming effect. The fit was perfect- I did adjust the waistband just the way I wanted it before sewing it in place. I love how fitted they are while still being very relaxed and comfy! Perfect for work or just hanging out around the house.

Side View | Shibori Emerson Crop Pants

Side View | Shibori Emerson Crop Pants

Styled with a white tank and a linen shirt I am ready for a day out and about! Did I mention I love how comfortable these are, oh, and they have pockets! Now I am dreaming of more versions and how I can transition this pattern to fall. I’m thinking maybe a fun suiting or light weight wool- a bit more structure and warmth perfect for fall in the Northwest!

Styled Shibori Emerson Pants with Tank and Linen Shirt

Styled Shibori Emerson Pants with Tank and Linen Shirt

Definitely a pattern that I will revisit! Thanks Kelli for reading my mind/releasing this pattern at the perfect moment!

~Michelle