Tuesday, 27 January 2015

A pinch and a punch - modified Jalie jeans and Burdastyle top (07/2013 #103)


One of my favourite Aussie designers is Sass and Bide (no special links, I just like them). Now and then I will waft around their airy shop, touching and examining and committing to memory my favourite designs, not to mention feeling horrified at the price tags! A couple of years ago I saw some skinny jeans called 'The Pinch'. All S&B clothes have arty farty names. I liked the interesting lines created by the white stripes. Anyway, when I saw that Pattern Review were holding a Bargainista Fashionista contest involving the creation of a garment inspired by RTW (ready to wear), I decided to have a go at making a Pinch, or perhaps a pair of Pinches, of my very own.

Picture saved from Sass and Bide website. No longer available.

Were $190 on Polyvore
I didn't want these super skinny, so I went back to an old favourite pattern, Jalie 2908. I used a modified version of the jeans which I have made before (changes explained here) and which I wear often.


I used a stretch sateen for the jeans and shop-bought bias binding for the stripes. The total cost was $17, so a saving of $173 on the original!

Just imagine the photobombing dog is a luxurious rug!
I had to think about the placement of the stripes and change the order of construction a bit so they went where they were supposed to go, under the back pockets and, the trickiest bit, across the side seams. I also redid the front stripe as I didn't like the placement when I first tried the jeans on. It was difficult to get the stripes in the same place on each leg, but I got pretty close in the end. 


The shiny fabric highlights all the wrinkles, but I quite like the effect actually.

Still imagining that rug?

I'm pretty happy with the fit, although I think my Jamie jeans provide a smoother and better fit overall, for me anyway. I'm just hoping that those stripes lengthen the legs rather than widening the hips!


Once the jeans were done, I needed to find something to wear with them. What goes with gold? Why more gold of course! Enter the twisted tank from Burdastyle 07/2013 (#103). This pattern caught my eye when I first received the magazine, but it's taken me over a year to make it.

Burdastyle Twisted Tank
Part of the dilemma involved the fabric choice. The top required two layers of light fabric. I eventually settled on the gold with a nudy brown colour for the under layer, which peeks out at the shoulders, along with my bra straps. Both fabrics are polyester chiffon.


I had read on other reviews of this pattern that the construction could be a bit tricky. I just followed the instructions and didn't have any problems. The only issue I had was that my fabrics are so delicate. This top is only for gentle outings!





I am naming this 'The Punch' to remind me not to punch anyone while wearing it and because it goes well with 'The Pinch'.

A pinch and a punch for the first month of the year. Or something.


I am very happy with both items, apart from the top being a bit delicate. I definitely feel more of a fashionista than a bargainista in this outfit. I just hope I'm getting away with it!

 

26 comments:

  1. This is one very cool outfit. Love the gold on gold. The placement of the stripes are uber cool.

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    1. Wow, thanks for a lovely comment!

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  2. Good luck with the contest, you did a great job copying the RTW!

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    1. There is some stiff competition in the contest. I'm just happy it finally pushed me to make these jeans that have been in my head so long.

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  3. I think you nailed it! I really like both items and the white adds real interest.

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    1. Thank you. I wish I'd thought of the stripes myself!

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  4. Totally cool pants and I was so interested to see your version of the Burda Style top as I'd been thinking of making one for my daughter...and maybe mayself. Your version confirmed the decision to go ahead.

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    1. Great! I'm very happy to have inspired a sewing project :)

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  5. You have done an amazing job on creating these jeans. Love the shiny gold fabric, it makes them look very luxurious and that top is very pretty. Love the twist at the shoulder. Beautiful work.

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  6. Wow! Just Wow!! The gold is stunning and those jeans/pants are so elegant.

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  7. You look very luxurious! Fingers crossed for the PR competition! You've done such a great job with the stripes! I would not have enough patience with them.

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    1. Thank you. I'm trying to force myself to slow down and get things right. It's hard sometimes!

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  8. Great RTW copy and I'm awestruck by that top. It's gorgeous (hm, maybe I shouldn't have given up on Burda)! Top marks for choosing the pattern, the right fabrics and getting a perfect fit! I thought you named it Punch because you'll spend afternoons wearing it while drinking punch on sunny laws.

    Hope all is ok with you: Perth in the news for the wrong reasons!

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    1. Ha, drinking punch is an excellent idea! Yes, Perth has been on fire a lot lately, but fortunately we have avoided the flames and only been affected by very smoky air.

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  9. I love this outfit! Your fabric choices are perfect and the whole look is very cool.

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  10. Love this outfit! You totally look like a fashionista :) The top and bottom go together wonderfully!

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  11. Absolutely love these especially with the stripe!

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  12. Very cool jeans, I agree the shininess looks really good. I made this top too for a friend. I just used one layer of viscose which looks the same on both sides and turned under a very small hem on the sleeve edges which worked ok. Keep meaning to make myself one too. Thanks for the inspiration and good luck with the competition!

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  13. I'm impressed with how delicately you've handled the poly chiffon. The top is a beautiful color on you and a great combo with the jeans. I'm curious how you've narrowed the legs. I've tried making the legs straight down from the knee on this pattern, but it's not narrow enough for skinny jeans. Did you narrow them further?

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  14. Fantastic recreation - a marked improvement on the original, actually! Love the tank, too, the twists are very distinctive.

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  15. I just found your blog today...love this outfit. Very chic! JenK from Seattl

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