Last week some sewing friends and I were part of a fashion show at UQSM sponsored by Cotton + Steel. We each picked some fabric from the new Cotton + Steel Amalfi line and made some handmade clothing. It was so fun to see everyone’s unique taste and style shine through.
I often preach about sewing solid items to make your wardrobe go farther. I took this into account when I was planning this outfit. I could’ve made solid pants and a floral top, but I have plenty of print tops. If I would’ve made one more printed top it would’ve been hard to coordinate with anything in my wardrobe.
I knew that I needed a solid top the most so I started by planning that first. Then I decided to make something really fun and made some floral woven joggers with a fun hem and details.
Tierras Woven Joggers
I chose the Tierras Woven Joggers sewing pattern* because I had seen good reviews, and I wanted to start with a pattern for woven fabric instead of altering a pattern made for knit fabric. I have altered the Hudson pants pattern in the past, but I wanted a slightly different shape for these floral pants.
I know that I love the woven jogger shape because I have made so many, and it’s often my first choice when I pull something from my closet. It’s a shape that I’m really drawn to. Learn how to make denim joggers.
To make these pants special I decided to add flat piping to the pockets, side seams, and hem. Learn how to sew piping. I omitted the elastic casing at the hem and added a curved hem with a facing. It really makes the piping shine and the hem detail pop. Use these tips for sewing curves.
I made a size 4 and didn’t add any length. I ended up shortening the pants by 2.5 inches. I also removed some width from the center back and some width from the legs. I wanted a slightly more fitted pair of pants than the pattern. I’m very happy with the fit.
I decided to keep the back of the pants really simple and not add any back pockets. I didn’t want to detract from the piping and curved hem.
cotton + Steel Rayon Fabric
I used the Lively Floral Mint from the new Amalfi fabric line*. I love the floral style, and those colors matched my wardrobe colors the best. I have used Cotton + Steel rayon in the past, and I really like how it’s thicker and easier to work with than other rayons I’ve used. It’s a really dreamy fabric to work with.
I took the fabric to my stash to see what woven cotton matched the best. I had a large gingham and a small pink print that matched well, but I ultimately decided on the small pink print. I liked how the larger floral contrasted with the tiny pink print. I also think that together they look really tropical.
I decided to use the Willamette Shirt sewing pattern* because I wanted something with a collar, but I wouldn’t have time to do the Cheyenne Tunic sewing pattern*. I also needed a solid shirt with some structure for other outfits in my summer wardrobe.
I made a size small, I think, I traced it off last summer and can’t remember exactly what size I traced. I almost always make a size small in Hey June patterns though. I added 1 inch at the waist and dropped the side curve 1 inch. I made no other pattern alterations except taking the sides in slightly after seeing how much body the Cotton + Steel lawn had.
I wanted the Willamette to look like a button up shirt, so I added some tiny buttons to the front placket. These were in my grandmother’s stash when she passed away, and it’s really fun to use them on something that will get a lot of wear. They are only 1/4″ wide; they are so tiny!
Cotton + Steel Lawn Fabric
Since I needed a solid color that would coordinate with the floral print, I chose some cotton lawn* for the top. The floral was a lighter color overall so I went with a darker lawn and chose the Indigo color. It’s a great match with my pants, and it’ll go well with my printed summer bottoms.
I’ve never worked with Cotton + Steel lawn before and didn’t know how it would be before ordering it. Once I was part way through sewing the Willamette and I tried it on, I realized it had a lot of body. The lawn was too stiff for a boxy top, and it didn’t drape like other lawn fabrics I’ve sewing with.
I ended up taking in the side seams an extra 5/8 inch to make it a little more fitted. I’m happy with the fit now, and I think it works well with the fabric.
Learn How to Sew Your Own Clothes
- If you want to learn how to sew your own clothing you need to start somewhere. These are the Things I Wish I Could Tell Myself Before I Started Sewing. They will help any beginner who wants to learn how to sew.
- Then you can read some Tips to Start Sewing Clothing.
- Once you start you’ll get better at using a sewing machine, but you’ll make clothing that you might not wear or love. I made every mistake and this is How to Sew Clothing You’ll Love. (Avoid my mistakes!)
- As you get better and better you’ll need to learn How to Choose Fabric for Sewing Clothes and the Best Fabrics for Sewing Clothing. I recommend fabrics that I love, but you’ll find the fabric you love the best.
- You can use paper patterns which are great to buy on sale or you can use PDF patterns which are great for instant gratification. There are lots of Different Ways to Assemble PDF Patterns so you need to find what works for you.
- Lastly, when you are sewing your own clothing and you are drawn to lots of different printed fabric, you need to learn How to Make a Versatile Handmade Wardrobe + Free Printable so that all the items in your wardrobe can coordinate with another item of clothing and be worn!