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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
So here’s a quick recap of the patterns, fabrics, and sewing details!
Pattern: Archer Button Up
Alterations: Lengthened bodice 1.25 inches
Pattern: Ginger Jeans
Size: 6 at waist, graded to 8 at hips
- 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)
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!