I know, I know...more Jamie jeans. What can I say? I love this pattern, even though these turned out a bit loose fitting - more on that later.
First, the blouse. It's pattern number 108 from the August 2013 issue of Burdastyle. I was hoping to garner some of the edginess and sex appeal of the model (below), but I think I missed the mark on several levels. Regardless, I'm still quite pleased with this blouse.
|Burdastyle 08/2013 #108|
I used a busy border print chiffon from Textile Traders. I like the colours and the fabric, but the print makes it difficult to see any of the blouse's details, particularly the neck tie feature. Speaking of which, mine turned out far shorter than the picture in the magazine. I'm not sure what happened there.
I rarely sew with chiffon but I was determined to push myself and do French seams on this blouse, rather than just overlocking the raw edges. I measured the seam allowances carefully and got sewing and turning and sewing again. The blouse ended up way too tight and I nearly flung it at the wall.
After stewing on it for a while, and deciding that I would not be beaten by a few seams, I set to work with the unpicker and re-sewed the bugger.
That worked and I managed to finish the blouse without further incident.
The sleeves are gargantuan in their puffiness, which is not my usual style, but I guess it looks ok in this light fabric.
The cuffs are finished with two little turquoise buttons.
Oh look, you can see the neck ties if I stand like this!
Now, the jeans - Jamie's by Named, as I mentioned. This time I made them from dark, stretch denim and used some topstitching thread in a mustardy colour, just like in real proper jeans from a shop!
The denim I used was a good weight and had lots of stretch. Mistake. In retrospect, I should have used a less stretchy denim or made the jeans much narrower as, in my experience, very stretchy denim does not produce a good fit with this pattern. Compare the fit of my grey Jamie jeans (below) to the denim ones. Both are made exactly the same size, but the grey fabric has far less stretch than the denim.
It's a shame the denim jeans are a bit baggy as I love everything else about them.
In an attempt to disguise the fact that all the jeans I wear are made from the same pattern, I changed the back pocket detail on these by adding strips of gold leather to make a cross. I also added a second row of topstitching. Now no one will ever know!