Are you ready for spring? Cause I am SO ready for spring. As I’ve been planning and making this outfit, we’ve gotten three different snow storms with cancelled school days and power outages. The district has officially used up all of our snow days, so using another would mean taking a day back somewhere else (starting with Memorial Day and then Easter). So I am really, really hoping that this tour will put a good word in for us and finally bring spring for real!
When I was in NYC and visited Mood, I picked up two fabrics that didn’t really have a solid plan and this gave me the opportunity to use them. The first was a white stretch denim ponte and the other is a cotton jersey double border ombre. I have a bad habit of getting small amounts of fabrics which then leaves me limited in what I can make. I should really work on that. I was also lucky that the colors I had bought were ones that work well with the Pantone Spring Color Report, which is our inspiration. I guess it helps that they’re colors I usually go for anyway. I’m also using the M4M/P4P capsule contest as a way to help me plan upcoming makes, and this fits right in.
I’ve always wanted white pants, and I knew that when I bought the denim, so I made sure to get two yards, which I knew would get me a full length pair of SOS pants (and a few other pant patterns, being short helps sometimes). I decided that since this was a spring theme, I wanted to make capris. That isn’t an option in the SOS pattern, but I knew I could hack it. I cut the pattern in my size with the straight leg and an inch above the 30″ inseam. I then decided I wanted to spend some time making these look really great, so I researched some jean back pocket designs and found one I liked. I traced the size of the back pocket onto a piece of tissue paper and drew out the design, I then pinned that to the pocket and used it as a guide for stitching. (Shoutout to my ever helpful husband for the idea!) I also took a trip to Joann’s for some rivets for the pockets and also found bars with “handmade” engraved on them that I could hand sew on. They’re not perfect, but I love the way the pants look and feel.
Once the pants were mostly constructed, I tried them on to decide on some shaping for the bottom part of the leg – this is where I wish I had used the skinny leg piece and flared the bottom out a little. I wanted a slim fit cuffed bottom, but the straight leg was so wide – I think I took 2-3″ out on each side of each leg! Then, I tried them on again and rolled the bottom to decide how big I wanted the cuffs and how much I needed to chop off the bottom. I ended up cutting 6″ off and then turning the cuffs twice at 2″ each (for a total of 10″ shorter than the original cut). I pressed the cuffs with lots of steam and tacked the side seams of each leg to hold it in place.
For the shirt, I only bought 1 1/2 yards so I was limited in what to make, and wanted a really simple shirt to allow the ombre to really show. I decided to go with another P4P pattern, the Pumpkin Spice Dolman since I knew I could get it out of a small amount of fabric and it would fit well. The only change I made to the pattern was to change the angle of the back shoulder seam – I dropped the top shoulder/neck point by 1″ leaving the shoulder length the same and redrawing the same neck curve. It doesn’t show much because it’s a dolman, but it’s an easy way for a little bit of a swayback adjustment, because by lowering the back neck (which doesn’t go lower since the shoulders are still attached) it actually brings the center back up higher. I also had to cut the neckband a little longer, because I didn’t have enough to cut one with enough stretch out of only the white parts and I didn’t want to have any of the blues at the neck.
I love my outfit and hope it helps us usher in spring, as well as give you some inspiration for your own Spring handmade makes – or maybe even a capsule (or capsule-like) wardrobe plan! Don’t forget to check out all the other inspiration in the tour, linked below!
See you next time, until then – happy sewing!
Sewing By Ti Spring Into Color Blog Tour
Thursday, March 1st: Sewing By Ti- Intro
6th: Sewn By Lone
9th: Stitched by Jennie
10th: Elli and Nels
Sunday, March 11th: Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier
12th: Very Blissful
13th: My Heart Will Sew On
14th: Sewing Blue
15th: Seams Like Style
16th: Kate Will Knit
17th: Twinado Alley
Sunday March 18th: Mermaids Den
19th: My Sewing Roots
20th: Our Play Palace
21st: Kathys Kwilts and More
22nd: The Fairy Dust Bin
23rd: Oak Blue Designs
24th: Aurora Designs Fabrics
Sunday March 25th: Flaxfield Sewing
26th: Seams Sew Lo
27th: Ma Moose
28th: Back 40 Life
29th: Auschick Sews
30th: Manning the Machine
31st: Mermaids Den