Ohmygosh! I’m wearing something other than a dress or a skirt!!
Yes, friends. I do occasionally wear pants, although this was my first try at sewing jeans. Proper jeans. Well…. almost. I suppose I should begin with the newly released Cashmerette Concord T-Shirt and work my way down my outfit to my jeans, so more on those later in this post.
For a while I’ve been wanting a boatneck breton stripe top. Everyone wears these and lots of folks have sewed them, so I guess I’m just jumping on the bandwagon with this. However, I really love this style and I love navy stripes, so in turn, I adore this style and will definitely sew another. There’s just something so classically Parisian about it. When Jenny asked if I’d like to test this pattern, I definitely jumped at the chance. After all, it was EXACTLY the pattern I was looking for! Who couldn’t love a tee with so many options?!
For this one, I sewed up Version A. This is the “cropped” view with the bateau neckline, although mine is a bit more cropped than it should be. I bought this fabric (Saint-James Striped Interlock Knit) from Harts Fabric before I had a pattern in mind, and I didn’t have quite enough yardage. I purchased enough to make a close-fitting tee like the BGD Bonnie, but not for a loose-fitting Concord tee. This tee is loose around your mid-section and helps to disguise any lumps and bumps you might not want to showcase. In other words, perfect to wear with jeans.
I made my sleeves long. Maybe I’m accommodating for the shortness of my top? I don’t mind this tee length, but yes, I would prefer it to be a tad bit longer as it was designed. I’m also not too jazzed on the neckband. I love neckbands on knit shirts, but the stripes are difficult. I cut two versions out — one with the stripes vertically and one horizontally. I decided this view looked the best. When I make another striped Concord (yep, there will be more!), I’m going to omit the neckband or use a solid color fabric for the neckband. I sewed this mostly on my serger, using my sewing machine for the hems and little details. I just LOVE this fabric. I really need to get some more! It’s so comfortable to wear and just the right thickness. Tops in my book. Plus, stripe-matching FTW.
All in all, I really do love this pattern. It goes together super quick. I love the fit. It’s shapely and curves with your body instead being boxy. The instructions, as always, are carefully thought out and easy to follow. Cutting it out takes a bit more time for me as I’m accustomed to cutting patterns out on the fold. It conserves fabric to cut in this manner, so that’s surely a plus. If you’ve sewn with other Cashmerette Patterns, you’re definitely used to that. I might go down a size or two in the waist/hips if I was making this top specifically to go with skirts as I prefer a closer fit. Jenny has included mix and match pattern options, so this is truly a versatile wardrobe staple and not your average tee pattern. A definite hit.
Now for the jeans. Well, jeans in the loosest sense of the word. But jeans to me. 🙂
These are the much loved Style Arc Misty Pull-On Jeans. I initially began sewing these jeans for Alicia’s Misty Sew-Along. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish these in time to be a part of the fun. I was moving at the time and sewing went on the backburner. Then of course I had to take these photos with the Concord and had to wait to share them with you.
I purchased the Misty jean pattern from Style Arc’s Etsy shop. This is my first Style Arc pattern. This pattern is available in a wide range of sizes and as it’s a PDF, you can print it out and use it right away. I purchased the size 22 as my base, grading down a little on the waist and grading up a little on the hips. The patterns are in one size, but you get a few sizes with your purchase, so you could mix them if you need to get the correct size and trace it out for your exact size.
These are stretch jeans, so I made mine with Robert Kaufman indigo stretch denim from Harts Fabric. It’s a really nice fabric, although a little lighter in weight than my RTW jeans. It worked great to sew up this pattern. Alicia also has some advice on sewing this pattern with a knit fabric in her Misty sewalong.
Yeah, these have an elastic waist. They are, after all, pull-on jeans. They remind me of my grandma’s jeans…. I don’t like the elastic waist, so if I make these again, I will cover the elastic. Then, of course, they truly are like my grandma’s Blair jeans…. Oh well, no one sees the waistband anyway!
I didn’t follow the pocket pattern or pocket placement on the pattern. Instead, I traced the pocket from a pair of RTW jeans that I love and mimicked the pocket placement on those. I think it looks okay on my behind. Although I’m not really a fan of my behind, I’m sharing it so you can see what I did.
I wanted my Misty’s to resemble real jeans, so I went crazy on the top-stitching. I used yellow/gold jeans top-stitching thread. I tried using it with a double needle in my Pfaff, but she wasn’t having it. The thread is thick and wouldn’t work with the twin needle. Granted that I have never used this kind of thread nor have I ever top-stitched jeans. So I went single needle on my Singer and top-stitched this manually. I used a combo of top-stitch thread and regular poly thread in the bobbin. I obviously don’t know what I’m doing as I have never made a pair of proper jeans, so I just top-stitched away with faux details as I made faux jeans.
I’m happy with how these turned out. I like the length, but if I made them again, I’d make a higher rise. I made these to wear around the house in cold weather, so they’re slightly dressier than the leggings I generally wear. I suppose they’re akin to jeggings, although I don’t think this denim fabric is jegging enough. I imagine that the wrinkling at the knees is due to my muscular/wide calves. If these were proper jeans I’d probably care about that. As they aren’t, I don’t.
My final thoughts after trying out the Misty jeans is that pull-on jeans really aren’t my fave. I prefer having a proper waistband and a zip fly. I like more of a beefier denim to hold me in. I’ve had the CCF Ginger jeans pattern for some time, so I suppose I should just jump right in and finally sew those up. Or perhaps Simplicity 8056, which has a dressier look. Either way, someday I might sew more jeans. I rarely wear pants, so it’s honestly not something I care much about. But in the fall I might revisit jeans-making and sew up a new pair. These were quick, easy and fun to make. After all the jeans I see in the sewing blogosphere, my guess is that it’s fun and makes you feel good to make your own jeans. So, why not?
If you’d like to get your hands on the Concord t-shirt pattern, I have an extra one to share!
I received a copy of the Concord tee as a pattern tester, but I also bought a Concord tee kit using a gift certificate I won from the Washington contest. What better way to share the Concord love than to give it away?!
HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this blog post telling me how you envision making your first Concord tee (color/fabric/neckline/etc) and how you plan to wear it. Make sure to include your email address so that I have a way to contact you if you win.
The last day to enter this giveaway is Friday, April 15, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST.
The winner will be announced on the following Sunday. This giveaway is open internationally.
The winner will receive a paper pattern mailed to them.
Note: I was a pattern tester for the Concord tee and received the pattern in return for testing the pattern. These are my honest thoughts and opinions of the initial test version.
- Top: Cashmerette Concord in striped interlock knit, made by me
- Jeans: Style Arc Misty Pull-On jeans in stretch denim, made by me
- Shoes: Aerosoles
- Earrings: BaubleBar