Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Blue Top/Grey Pants

I have been sewing t-shirts for my mom out of cotton/lycra knits that I’d ordered from Denver Fabrics. Everything from the order arrived as anticipated except for this lightweight blue piece. Knowing she wouldn’t like a t-shirt made from thin fabric, I figured it might as well become something for me. Now, I’m not too thrilled with this fabric either but, at least, it is another top to wear. I can't complain.

Using Butterick 5219, it went together quickly. Not only was the pattern already adjusted (I’d sewn it before) but I was able to sew most of it on the serger and coverstitch. The Bernina did the center front gathering stitches and the yoke facing understitching. The yokes were interfaced with Pro-Sheer Elegance. That stuff is becoming my favorite interfacing.

I’ve been wearing my black cropped pants quite a bit. They are dressier than the denim shorts but still comfortable with the high temps here. To keep them from being tired before their time, I made another pair from the same pattern (Burda Style 02-2011-123A).

This is what the fabric actually looks like...

The fabric is a grey Vera Wang silk and cotton pinstripe that I had purchased from Fabric Mart way back in 2009. It kept getting passed over as I deemed it too heavy for a shirt yet too lightweight for pants. I decided it might just work for this pattern. It does.

I made a few changes by adding those Burda 007-E005-DL back pockets that I had put on my last pair of shorts, attached plenty of nickel ring rivets (purchased from and sewed on some belt loops. I kept the Simplicity 7581 front pockets as that sped the project along - I didn’t have to re-trace pattern pieces.

Burda Style 02-2011-123A

This pair looks so different from the Burda line drawing (and the black pair too!) but they did indeed come from that pattern.

Next? Not sure. Maybe the dark green cotton/rayon stretch twill that was hanging out with the grey pinstripe. But, I do need more tops and yet the denim roll is calling…


  1. The top is really cute, but I am intrigued by the cropped pants. I've been reading your blog for a while, am I am so impressed with all your denim (and other bottom weight fabrics) creations. They all look very professionally made. ~ Peggy

  2. I thought that top was a Hotpatterns Weekender Sunshine top, it's very similar. I have made several of those over the past few years. They are so comfortable and wearable. I noticed that the June issue of Burdastyle has a new jeans pattern. I thought of you straight away!

  3. you make the nicest stuff! I'm always impressed by how polished all your wardrobe additions are. Those pants are amazing.

    slightly jealous, actually. ;-)