Thursday, April 25, 2013

White/Black Embroidery Shirt with Rose Denim Pants

I tell you, I love the hum of  my sewing machine, it relaxes me, calms me, makes me happy.  It is just the perfect hobby and activity.    Now add to the hum of my sewing machine,  The Great British Sewing Bee  playing on my laptop in the sewing room and it just doesn't get much better than that.  As I was working on my blouse from White/Black Geometric Voille, the show just inspired me to do an even better job.



I was imagining May and Patrick critiquing my garment and suggesting other options.  With the critiques, would be positive comments on parts of the garment well done and all was right in the world during this time.   Also,  All the participants on the show, who love to sew and create garments, it was like having my sewing room full of friends.  




I selected Grainline Studio's Archer Shirt


 for the voille and went to work on sewing a garment worthy of the Sewing Bee.  I decided to use white quilting cotton for facings on this shirt, as the voille has incredible texture but two layers would be too much thickness.  I also posted a picture on Instagram for help with the pockets, a significant feature of this pattern but they were getting lost in the pattern design.  Several suggested piping and others bias binding, I went with the piping.  A nice touch at the top of the pockets for some added interest.  I added piping to the back yoke as well.  






Please note this pattern runs larger, it is a boyfriend side and it is long, too.  I always have to add an inch to the body and sleeve on my garments and did on this shirt.  I took it off the body but the cuffs were already completed and look at the great detail on the cuff.  And that cuff is very wide an loose, so if you like a closer fitting cuff, measure the flat piece and adjust.  Here are a few of the shirt details and wonderful close-ups of this fabulous fabric





I have finally found a great pant pattern, Burda 7447, used on my my first Mood Post and pulled it out again to make them from Rose Denim
A perfect weight for spring and summer, plus a nice contrast to the white/black cotton voille. I make these pants with the more tapered bottom as shown on the envelope.  My thoughts were to roll them up in a cropped look.  .  


A few more details on the blouse, I recut the pockets four times.  I wanted the polka dots on the pockets to match with the fabric.  It took some time but I did succeed, thanks Patrick Grant for the inspiration.



I did take in this top on the sides seams by at least 2-3 sizes, something I will take into account cutting out my next one.  Yes, next one and I already have the linen from Mood Fabrics on my cutting table.

The mint belt is a perfect pop of color for this outfit and one of the things I like the best about the white/black cotton voille is the spring trend for this color combination.  With the blouse predominantly white, I can wear this trend and the color looks good on me.  (black isn't a good color on me, makes those good old dark circles pop right on out).  


Today, I just drove around in the country and took pictures for the post and found some places to take some photos.  I hope you enjoy the pictures of the rural area and the sights of spring emerging after a very long winter.

There is a great tutorial for the Archer shirt over Grainline Studio Blog

30 comments:

  1. I love the look of the entire outfit! So fresh looking. I also really enjoyed your country photos. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you, it was fun taking the pictures. Next month I hope to head to a covered bridge about 15 miles away.

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  2. You and your clothes look great! Love the touch of color on the belt.

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  3. Really love your shirt. I've been watching this pattern and will now go ahead and purchase it based on your review as well as others. Some reviewers have noted that it runs big (although I assume to achieve a loose-fitting style, it is designed with quite a bit of ease). Do you end up going down a size? Or maybe two? Or did you select the size that matched your measurements?

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    1. Thanks, Lainy, it is a fun pattern. Yes, it runs very big, I think I eliminated 2-3 sizes in the side seam below the bust. I think go down at least one size.

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  4. The shirt is beautiful, as is the whole outfit. I admire just about everything you sew.

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    1. Thank you Ruth, that means so much. I wish we lived closer so we could hang out with our new grandsons and you could teach me to knit!

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  5. Loved The Great British Sewing Bee! I will have to brave a button down shirt soon - I did pattern fit and alter a shirt pattern but keep putting it aside for something else. Your shirt looks lovely - great job!

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    1. You can do button shirt, especially this one with the nice tutorial. Thanks so much.

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  6. Fun post, great locations. Good idea to watch the show while sewing, I had to give it my full attentions :) Cute outfit.

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    1. Thanks, Vicki, I thought I would take advantage of the area and do something different than my yard.

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  7. Love the entire outfit! I love Burda 7447! it has a great fit! Great pics!

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    1. Thank you, Florencia, it is a great pattern.

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  8. I think this is my ABSOLUTE favorite outfit you have ever made. Lori, it's so good!
    And, believe it or not, before the GBSB aired, I was thinking to myself that I wished Mood or Project Runway would do something like that for amateur sewers in the US! No kidding!
    I loved every episode of it...watched it in bed, at work, at the gym...when I was not texting you!

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    1. Oh, Lynne, thanks so much. I am thrilled with this one, I think it is the colors and the graphic print. That would be a fun program for Mood or PR, I would be in! We have been texting quite a bit but it is so fun.

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  9. Your outfit looks wonderful!! Great job! So inspiring!

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    1. Thank you, it was a fun one to make, especially when the shirt goes together so nicely.

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  10. I can hear May and Patrick adoring your fine work.

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    1. Thanks so much, wouldn't it be fun to be in the same room with them.

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  11. Hey Dottie, super outfit! You have an eye for putting things together. Love the pop of color of the belt. If I were critiquing this outfit, you wild get a great big "A+"!

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    1. Thank you Gwen, I appreciate the grade!

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  12. I love this outfit so much! Your separates are always just so cute-- you really know how to put together great outfits! The belt is a perfect touch, and both the shirt and the pants are beautifully constructed!

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    1. Thank you, Ginger, I really like this one. I have been going to New York & Co to get some belts, a nice variety just to have "in case"!

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  13. Seriously I am so impressed. How did your machine do on the denim? I've worked on denim to make a bag with ruffles (lighter cotton sewn on to the denim), not a constructed pair of trousers. I would think the zipper area when attaching the waistband would be difficult.

    Nice job. I'we watched all four episodes on YouTube and shared them with other sewing friends. Our quilt guild especially likes them.
    Mary

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  14. Thanks, Miss Marys, the denim is a nice lighter weight and very easy to sew.

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  15. I love everything about your outfit - the styling, fabric, color choices. You look amazing!

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  16. The whole outfit is awesome! I love the color of your denim pants, and the mint belt is icing on the cake.

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  17. Love this outfit Lori! Great job on the styling!

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