Thursday, 1 October 2015

When you're on a good thing...

...stick to it. In the sewing world, when a pattern works for you make it again because you know you'll love it. That's what I've done this month using Minerva Crafts remnant fabrics. This type of post was bound to happen.


So you know that the Minerva Blogger Network has a tonne of creative bods who sew and create. And... you know I've been a Minerva blogger for a couple of years now. So a couple of us chose the same Liberty print so we decided to do a challenge post. You'll read about it later this month.

Long story short, this blog post is about using the Minerva remnant fabrics I had in my stash to create Issey Miyake jeans (V1204) and a black knit top (Butterick 5497).

I know these jeans work. And the fabric is great. It's firm yet soft and has an all-over print that is distracting.

Yes I did make these jeans last year in another great Minerva Crafts print. This pattern works just as well with a non-woven denim or drill as it does with a stretch woven. That's why I've stuck to using this pattern again.

One idea I had as I was running out of fabric was to use a plain fabric for the back pockets.

Mr V voted against this idea so I managed to strategically find the same flower for the back pockets #2.

Each time I make up this pattern I check the centre back seam as each fabric stretches differently.
Getting the fit right at this stage is less of a hassle that making jeans that you need to wear a belt with.

Speaking of belts and waistbands, I did run out of fabric for the inter-waistband but I found enough for the belt loops.

There was just enough fabric left to ensure there was a flower on the front pockets.

Then Butterick 5497 was another well tested pattern that I wanted to use again. You can't go wrong with a dark knit top. I went with View B this time. View A is the version I made before.
The beauty with this pattern is it gives you a waistline. That's gotta be a good design.

This top uses elastic along the shoulder line and across your mid section. The gathers across the shoulders and under the bust means you have a lot of wiggle room. View C would be worth trying for trans-seasonal styling. I added a wide elastic lace piece on the hem to bring these pieces together.

About the fabrics:
Both fabrics wash well and feel comfortable. Yes they iron nicely but I avoid ironing weekend gear, where possible.

So what's stopping you try making jeans or a simple tee. Ok, at least grab a knit fabric for a simple tee. You'll find plenty of new fabrics to peruse over.


Keep an eye out for our Liberty print post later this month.

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