Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Thakoon Scout Woven T-shirt with Khaki Burda Pants


Enter into my sewing room two fabulous Mood Fabrics' Thakoon prints.  First to arrive to was Navy Abstract Soft Cotton


My plan was a Butterick top but then I found this  Anthropologie shirt.  So forget Butterick and enter Grainline's Scout Wovern T-shirt.  I just had to go shop for another fabric at Mood to get this look.  I tell you that is a hard job (ha ha)  but I stepped right up and went to shopping.  It wasn't long and I found just what I wanted.  This Thakoon Delft Blue Floral Silk Crepe De Chine




First time I thought I would go for a more subtle look

I found the shirt to run on the large side, I took in the side seams, took some off the shoulders and it resulted in a much better fitting shirt.

Now close up time, the binding

I added a pocket to the front


And the sleeves.


This is such wonderful fabric, I wore this top to an outdoor bbq and I was cool and comfortable the entire July night.  The main fabric is a cotton but I think  it has the feel of silk.

Add to my top, a pair of Burda 8884
 pants, my go to pants pattern.  I used Mood Fabrics' Italian cotton suiting


I tapered the legs more and shortened them.


These pants have been in construction for over a 6 weeks.  First my serger broke and was at the shop for repairs for a month, then another project had to get done.  Finally, I was able to finish them.  I like to use my serger to finish the seams, especially in something I will be wearing quite a bit.



A look at the inside of the pants, I pinked the edges of the pockets so they would not be noticeable on the right side.  I also added some quilting cotton from my stash to bind the waistband





In this 6 weeks, my husband and I bought bikes, he rides with me about 3 nights a week, (crazy work schedule).  I try to ride 6 nights and pedal about 10 to 11 miles a night.  The result, a weight loss and changes in my shape.  My pants need to be taken in a bit but I am certainly okay with that!

So back to the sewing room and fix these pants, I think they just don't want to leave the sewing room!







35 comments:

  1. love the fabric coordination for the top-great idea

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    1. Thanks, Robin, I can't wait to make another one.

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  2. Oh my gosh, so cute! I love the subtle print mixing!

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    1. Thanks, Ginger, next one I am going bold!

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  3. Ooh, I just love what you did with that Thakoon cotton! The print mixing is so great, and I agree - that fabric feels like silk. So heavenly.

    Also: YAY for bike riding! It's the best, isn't it? :D

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    1. Bike riding is the best, I feel so relaxed and free while a pedal around. Thanks, it is the best fabric.

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  4. Cute shirt and love your pants! I always enjoy your sharing some of your construction techniques as I'm on such a learning curve with garment sewing.

    Coincidentally my husband purchased bikes for us a few months ago and though there's not a (safe!) place to ride in our rural area, we take them to our closest city on the weekends that has built a new 'trail' just for bikers and walkers on/over old train tracks. It is such FUN! Feels a little like being a kid again. Glad you've got a place to ride nearby and are having fun too.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I like the bike trails that are popping up around towns. We don't have one in our town, so we ride 3-5 miles of gravel and then reach our town and nice smooth pavement! It does feel like being a kid, have fun riding your bikes.

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  5. I like the Delft blue fabric (Delftsblauw), Delft is a place in The Netherlands and our country is famous because of the large amounts of bikes. I love to cycle too :). Good idea to keep the pattern simple, I think that will enhance the lovely outcome of the fabric. Nice shirt!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment and the information about Delft.

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  6. love that top, colors and fabrics.

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  7. Lovely-I just finished a Scout in teal silk. Isn't it fun? Is that an arena in your back yard???

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    1. Thanks, Mary, oh, teal silk sounds lovely. Not an arena, just fence, we are cattle producers.

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    2. That's what I remembered, but thought you had started team roping or something fun like that. :-)

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  8. Great job as usual! Blue and white is one of my favorite color combinations for summer. Love the use of the quilting cotton for binding.

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    1. Thank you, Joen, blue and white is the best for summer.

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  9. I love the Scout tee - haven't seen a bad version yet! Congrats on your shape-shifting!

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    1. Shape-shifting, great term, love it. You are right, not a bad version at all.

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  10. What wonderful fabrics! and such a fresh and cool looking outfit. I had to tweak my Scout on the sides a little bit as well, and make it a little longer. Biking, tone, and weight loss - good for you, you look great, like you really feel well.

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    1. Thanks, Coco. I do feel well and nice to really have some extended exercise. I use to walk 2 miles but biking is so much better.

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  11. Fantastic outfit... especially love the top! You look great, too!

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    1. Thank you, Angela, I love my outfit, the top is so fun and cool.

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  12. Cute summer outfit! Bike riding is a great exercise, good for you!

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    1. Thanks, Andrea, it is great exercise. Trying to figure out when I will get it in when the days get shorter. Might have to leave work earlier! LOL

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  13. Looks really smart and cool.

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  14. My goodness - you've added boing to your busy life! Well, you look great and I love your new clothes. Very smart top!

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  15. That's such a pretty summer outfit. You did a terrific print blocking. Biking is fun and great that your husband can go with you sometimes. A good family activity.

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  16. WOW!!!!!! The top is fantastic. But I love what you did on the facing with your pants. My Talbots pants come like that. Fantastic work.!

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  17. What a great print, and the ensemble is lovely on you.

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  19. This is a great looking top. Love the fabric mix. Your pants are perfect fitting.

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  20. What a great outfit! The combination of Thakoon fabrics is just gorgeous! I really need to learn how to fit pants (I made a pair of Sewaholic Thurlows, but can't really wear them). I love biking and you're reminding me that my husband and I don't get around to it nearly enough.

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  21. I love both of these prints. I am not sure how I feel about just putting a random block of one in the middle of the other.


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