Are you curious to see what did I pick this month for Minerva Blogging Network? This fabric that’s been around since 1860 but never left the fashionistas radar. Always on trend, indeed, I’m talking about denim. Not exactly Garibaldi fighting style, more like catwalk Miu Miu ss13. I absolutely loved their collection clean silhouette denim on denim suits and wanted to make a short nautical version before summer in the UK was over. Perfect to wear all year around when I am in Brazil.
Patterns choices: The jacket is simplicity 1665, size 12. It is actually a raglan style bolero so if you are scared of setting sleeves this is a great pattern to start.
This pattern is unlined so if you don’t want your seams to show try Hong Kong finish. I used one cotton Fat Quarter to create the 1 inch bias. When I take my jacket off no ugly seams are peeking out. The only seam it was left out was the side, where meets the armhole.
The sleeves hem are also binded, and then folded to style. I left some peeking out so you can see. Check out Minerva Craft amazing selection of fat quarters or rummage through your quilting fabrics for a more personal binding. Of course, you can buy readymade ones. Have you seen Lucinda's version?
I haven’t made any modification on fitting, only a few during construction. The top stitching thread is Pink Neon fluorescent guttermann (3837). The buttons were a gift and they are from Cath Kidston. I added 2 hock & eye to close my jacket.
The shorts pattern is from indie designer Pattern Runway, available for instant download called scalloped hem shorts. They are sweet indeed. You will be seeing this pattern on me again and again. I had the intention to add 4 extra buttons on the side of the short waist band, for a stronger sailors reference, but decided in the end not to do it. I want to wear it without the jacket and it would be more versatile that way. Besides being well drafted, the instructions offer clever sewing tips. This pattern has some excess on the back piece that many sewing bloggers had it removed. I actually really like the effect so I haven’t made any modification, is a straight size small.
While I sewn the bolero in the UK, I made these shorts here with my mom's machine. It was a nightmare and I couldn't topsticht as planned, had to sew the invisible zipper by hand and couldn't really steam press enough. It turned ok given all the adverse circustances.
I really enjoyed making this project. For my kit this month you will find 2 meters of my choice of denim and matching thread. Oh, go over there to see a nautical inspired photoshoot.