Style Maker Fabrics Ginger Jeans and Archer Button Up

Ginger Jeans :: Dandelion Drift

I am thrilled to share with you two new wardrobe staples I sewed in conjunction with Style Maker Fabrics and their fall blog tour.  Michelle at Style Maker Fabrics kindly provided me the fabric, and I happily sewed myself a new pair of Ginger Jeans and an Archer Button Up!

Archer Button Up :: Dandelion Drift

Let me start by sharing the Archer Button Up details.  I had the hardest time choosing a fabric.  There are so many choices at Style Maker Fabrics, but I ended up landing on this blue rayon challis fabric.  I, of course, was immediately drawn to the color.  I don’t know if you have noticed, but blue is my favorite color (my little wardrobe is a testament to that!).  But I also loved the quirky little print on the fabric, glasses.  When I was growing up, I wished that I needed glasses.  I think they look attractive.  I even convinced my parents to take me to get my eyes examined, only to be disappointed when the doctor told me I had perfect vision!

Archer Button Up :: Dandelion Drift   Archer Button Up :: Dandelion Drift

The fabric is a great quality and has a really nice drape!  This isn’t the first archer I’ve sewn, but it is the first one that I have sewn for me.  I noticed last time I sewed the pattern that the  torso was a bit shorter than I liked.  I lengthened my Archer pattern by 1.25 inches.

Archer Button Up :: Dandelion Drift

Archer Button Up :: Dandelion Drift

I used a few new tools with this button up (pictured here in my ig account).  I really love the button hole chisel and the expanding sewing gauge.  I would say they both are a worthy investment to add to your sewing tool bucket!

Ginger Jeans :: Dandelion Drift

Okay, the ginger jeans.  I have been wanting a pair of black jeans, but hesitant because I don’t want my black jeans to fade into gray jeans.  I looked around the Style Maker Fabric site and found this stretch black twill bottom weight.  I was a bit hesitant to request this fabric because I typically shy away from polyester, but let me tell you, these are the most comfortable and most flattering pants I own.  If Michelle carried this fabric in a variety of colors, I would have a wardrobe full of ginger jeans, all made out of this fabric!

Ginger Jeans :: Dandelion Drift

This is my second pair of ginger jeans (first blogged, I still need to photograph my denim pair) and I am amazed at how well this pattern fits!  I secretly think Heather knew my body details when she was drafting this pattern.  It fits my muscular thighs.  It doesn’t make my toosh feel like it is out of proportion with my waist (like my store bought pants do).  These pants just fit so well!  Josh keeps singing Grease Lighting when he sees me in them, I’ll take that as a compliment!

Ginger Jeans :: Dandelion Drift

I graded between a size 6 at the waist, out to a size 8 for the hips on down.  I did need to shorten the pattern a bit.  I took out 1/2 inch above the knee and 1/2 inch below the knee.  And that wasn’t enough, I ended up taking off another 2 inches at the ankle (but I was going for a shorter, ankle length on these pants).  I also needed to remove some excess fabric from behind the knee.

Ginger Jeans :: Dandelion Drift

So here’s a quick recap of the patterns, fabrics, and sewing details!

Pattern:  Archer Button Up

Size:  4

Fabric: Blue Rayon Challis from Style Maker Fabrics

Alterations:  Lengthened bodice 1.25 inches

Archer Button Up :: Dandelion Drift

Pattern: Ginger Jeans

Size: 6 at waist, graded to 8 at hips

Fabric: Black Stretch Twill Bottom Weight from Style Maker Fabrics

Alterations:

  • Shortened the legs, .5 inches above kneed, .5 inches below knee, and removed another 2 inches at hem.
  • Sewed with .5 inch seam allowance on side seams and back (bottom seam)

Notions: Rivets and rivet tools are from Citron Jeans; button is dritz from JoAnn

You can continue following along on the Style Maker Fabrics fall blog tour tomorrow with Sara from The Sara Project!  And thank you Michelle from Style Maker Fabrics for including me on the tour, I love my new pants and button up!

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  • Emily

    What a great outfit!! The pants look perfect!!!!

  • Sara Johansen

    Love it! I need to try the gingers! You’ve convinced me!

  • Both great pieces!
    I’m looking at your pics and read your description of your ginger fabric and now I’m starting to think that MY Gingers are actually made of twill as well and no so much denim. I got the fabric in Panama with no description and I wasn’t very knowledgeable in fabric back then. I think I might order a swatch to check because I am in LOVE with my black gingers as well and I would make another pair just because of the fabric lol
    Also, you can always get personality glasses 🙂

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  • justine

    These look so good on you! I recently bought both patterns and can’t wait to try them. Hopefully,I can find some stretch corduroy!