Today’s post is all about comfortable staples made using patterns that I have shared before, and beautiful, breathable fibres. Pictures speak louder than words to be honest, but let me give you the basics.
The linen shirt and khaki tencel twill woven joggers were both made using fabrics purchased a little while ago from Rainbow Fabrics (alternatives are available on their website). The shirt was made using the Named Clothing Reeta Shirtdress pattern which I have made before – see here. The weird thing is that the first version of this top fits perfectly, but when I went to try this nearly completed linen version on, it felt really tight across the arms and back. I ended up removing the back and sleeves and adjusting those pattern pieces (see below). Good thing, because I love the final piece, and these camp/ resort style collars are everywhere at the moment.
The woven joggers were made using Simplicity 8389 which has become a TNT pattern for me. See here for my last version. Again, modification details are given below, but I love them. So comfortable and easy to wear.
Named Clothing Reeta Shirt Modifications
- From my previous version I added 2 inches to the length of the sleeves
- I ended up adding 1 inch of width to the back piece and cutting on the fold and adding a back pleat to take up the excess
- I did a 1 inch full bicep adjustment
Simplicity 8389 Modifications
- From my previous version I added 3 inches to the height of the front and back due to using 1.5 inch wide elastic at the waist. I omitted the waistband and simply attached the elastic directly to the top of the trousers using my overlocker, turned the fabric down and topstitched in place using a triple zig zag stitch on my machine
- I omitted the pleats in the front and replaced with gathers
- I added pockets from the Peppermint Loungewear set I made
- I added elastic cuffs to the leg openings
- I added back patch pockets
- I shortened the legs by 2 inches due to using 2 inch wide elastic for the ankles
Now onto the denim jacket, made using Butterick 5616, which I have made once before – see here. To me, the proportions on the first version seemed off, and so I played with those on this second version, choosing to omit the bottom band and leave a raw edge finish, and lengthen the sleeves. The beautiful soft bleached denim came from Cloth House and I have already used the same fabric to make some new jeans which will be appearing soon.
Compared to my first version this version is much neater inside. That could be because this was made using my newer Pfaff machine, and my Babylock overlocker which are superior to my previous machines, but also because I didn’t attempt flat fell seams on this version, and just did faux felled seams by overlocking seams and then topstitching in place. Whatever the reason, I am so happy with how this turned out, and it has already been worn lots, with many different items.
Butterick 5616 Modifications
- From my previous version, I shorted the body by 1 inch at the lengthen/ shorten lines
- I omitted the bottom band
- I lengthened the sleeves by 2.5 inches
- I left 5/8ths inch at the bottom of the body of the jacket to allow for fraying, but did a tight zig zag 0.25 inches from the hem to stop excessive fraying
- I took 0.5 inches seam allowance for the sleeves and side seams but 5/8ths inch at the sleeve opening
- I only used 2 buttons at the cuffs and not 3
Very happy with all these pieces; versatile and comfortable: what’s not to love?
See you soon.