One of my favorite things is to take modern patterns and put a retro spin on them. Two such patterns are the Cashmerette Harrison shirt and the Cashmerette Ames Jeans — both classic separates that happen to be in my size. Two of my favorite vintage bloggers are Tasha (By Gum, By Golly) and Bex (Subversive Femme) and their casual 1940’s/50’s styles inspired this outfit as well as many upcoming makes that I have filed in my head.
For my shirt I used the Cashmerette Harrison shirt pattern and made it short-sleeved with sleeve hem bands. I used some red Kaufman Cambridge shirting from LA Finch Fabrics. I did a full bicep adjustment, which I probably should have added a little more ease to.
I added some floral embroidery from a vintage 1950’s Vogart embroidery pattern. It was meant for towels or pillowcases, but it works well for this shirt.
For my jeans, I used the Cashmerette Ames Jeans pattern.
I used Cone Mills S-Gene stretch denim and notions kit from Cashmerette that I got in return for testing this pattern in it’s initial stages.
I’ve made several pairs of jeans now and this is my best pair. But as you know, you get better the more you practice making something. The Ames Jeans are my favorite jeans pattern so far. I’ve tried the Closet Case Ginger Jeans (unblogged) — which I also made out of Cone Mills denim — and I prefer the Ames Jeans. For one, they’re in my size and two, they have different body shape fits (apple and pear), so they fit me with less altering.
I made the straight leg fit with the pear pelvis fit. I added 1 1/2″ inches to the rise to give them more of a retro high-waisted look, although I do need the added length to fit my body better. Next time, I may add another 1/2-1″. If you’re also going to add length to the Ames Jeans, don’t forget to the fly pieces. They don’t have a lengthen/shorten line, but don’t really need it to add length. I graded between sizes from the waist to the hip and added 4 1/2″ to the length as I plan to always wear these rolled up.
I used some Star Wars fabric from stash for the pockets and inner waistband. They have a pocket stay, too. I sewed these so that the print shows if you open the pocket, but I think next time I will sew it so that I can see the right side of the print when I look at the inside of my jeans.
The back pockets are too small for me and I normally would have enlarged them, but I frankly didn’t care as I will never these with a shirt tucked in, so the “unflattering” pockets don’t matter to me. I did think about leaving them off, but I like the classic 5-pocket look of this pattern.
This kit came with copper thread for the top-stitching. When I top-stitched the hem, I put the copper on the inside, as I’ll wear these rolled up. I don’t bother threading my bobbin with top-stitching thread as I just use navy thread when I switch it out. Jeans top-stitching thread is usually pretty thick, so you wouldn’t want to do that anyway. This thread, however, is just Gutermann mara thread.
I’m looking forward to making a pair of the “skinny fit” Ames jeans in the fall. Right now, I’m all about the summer dresses!
*Note: I received both the Cashmerette Harrison shirt and Ames Jeans patterns at no cost as a pattern tester. I received the Cone Mills denim and notions kit from Cashmerette at no cost as a pattern tester. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
I’m a guest on Helen & Caroline’s Love to Sew podcast this week, if you want to check it out! 🙂
- Shirt: Cashmerette Harrison shirt in cotton lawn, made by me
- Jeans: Cashmerette Ames Jeans in Cones Mills S-Gene denim, made by me
- Shoes: Minnetonka
- Purse: Vintage 1960’s Enid Collins box bag
- Earrings: Luxulite
- Sunglasses: ModCloth
- Lipstick: Besame 1939 Tango Red (affiliate link)