With the re-launch of my Etsy shop, I haven’t had much time to sew for myself lately. But, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try out some amazing women’s patterns and so, here I am sewing myself some love this week!
(Disclaimer: I received these two patterns for free, but all opinions are my own)
The main reason I agreed to this blog tour was because I saw that Blank Slate Patterns was on the list of pattern designers to choose. And I have been dying to try the Denver Tunic. I first saw Melissa’s Instagram post on a self-drafted tunic she made nearly a year ago! And yea, I just so happened to be the first to comment that she needed to make it into a pattern for purchase. And then about 50 others followed. So, thanks Melissa for making our dreams come true. 🙂 I was really tempted to purchase the pattern when it came out with the bundle back in the fall, but I try to hold off purchasing because I never know when someone will buy it for me or when I could possible have a chance (like this!) to receive it for a blog tour. All that to say, I would totally buy this pattern! Or strongly hint to someone to get it for me for Valentine’s Day or something….hint hint. (trying to help you ladies out here!)
I love cowl necks, love pockets and love tunics, so really this was a no brainer for me. I LOVE it! The pattern also comes in a dress variation and you can omit the cowl neck if you want a scoop neck…and I just saw that it comes in short sleeves! WHAT?! Ok, I’ll definitely be making one of these in the spring. Princess seams were something new to me (I really still feel like a beginning sewist), but the pattern pieces fit perfectly and I had no problem with that step. Really the whole thing came together quite quickly and easily. The hardest part was finagling my one yard of amazing Lillestoff knit into a pattern that calls for 2 yards.
See those sleeves there? Yea, they look awesome, but it was also a necessity. I only had enough width to make the sleeves down to my elbows, then added the band of charcoal knit, and then had a bit more of the Lillestoff to finish of the smaller bottom section of the sleeves. But, it worked! And I kinda like the contrast in the middle of the sleeve.
The Lillestoff knit that I chose was one I splurged on and purchased last January (at $26 a yard! gasp). I NEVER spend that much on fabric, but I want to start consuming less and really the best way to do that is to make quality clothes. The way to make quality clothes is to start with quality fabric. Lillestoff does not disappoint. I supplemented with a heather charcoal gray spandex knit from Girl Charlee. Their spandex knit, which tends to be a heavier weight is a great fabric!
I’ve already worn this Denver Tunic 3 times before the photoshoot. So, I know it’s going to be a staple in my wardrobe.
Now, on to the pants. Let me first start by saying: I have never made pants for myself. Ever. Not even PJ pants. But, I love a good challenge and figured a stretchy knit jegging would be a good place to start.
I chose the SOS Knit Pants by Patterns for Pirates. I’ve heard great reviews about her patterns, specifically her raglan, so I was excited to finally try out a pattern from her. This pattern has a huge range of sizes and two styles: skinny or straight leg. My measurements lined up with a medium, so I went with that and proceeded with the skinny version of the pattern. Everything was going smoothly until it was time to baste and check for fit. I tried them on and they were really loose. Kept increasing my seam allowance more and more and finally came up with what you see here:
It’s not bad, but still a bit loose. I really wanted to make these pants right and I just couldn’t. So, I’m actually showing you unfinished pants! Ha. They aren’t hemmed and I haven’t even attached the waistband or topstitched them yet. Luckily, the Denver Tunic covers all that up. But, I guess I have chicken legs and birthing hips (I do have 3 kiddos) and I need to continue to refine these pants to make them what I want them to be.
The pattern was great and everything lined up and the instructions were very easy to follow. So, since I’m a newbie at sewing pants, I’ll chalk it up to that and keep going! I do love these pants and cannot wait to finalize them because… green pants!
I actually used the same fabric that is shown on the front of the pattern, but I used the wrong side of the fabric. It’s a stretch denim blue/green, so I thought it would be fun to use the green side. Then I accented the front and back pockets of the pants with the blue side (which you can’t see here).
Once I get those pants finished I’ll have one amazing all sewn-by-me outfit! Here are the details on what I used and changes I made.
Total cost: $28.13 (fabric, thread)
Pattern: Denver Tunic by Blank Slate Patterns
Alterations made: Added the appropriate length amount to the original pattern because of my neck->waist measurement (Melissa breaks this down for you in the pattern). Then I added another 3 inches to the bottom of the pattern. Essentially, I made a Medium with an XXXL length. Then decreased 2 inches from the height of the hem band.
Total cost: $9.92 (fabric, thread, elastic)
Pattern: SOS Knit Pants by Patterns for Pirates
Fabric: Stretch Denim Blue/Green Spandex Knit from Girl Charlee ($6.50/yd) (looks like it’s out of stock, but here it is in blue/orange. And how fun would orange pants be?!)
Alterations made: Took in a lot from the width of the pants. But, still making alterations to complete this look!
Thanks so much for stopping by to see my new look, now be sure to check out the rest of the ladies throughout the next two weeks.