For my latest project with Cali Fabric, I ordered a whole lot of modal-blend fabric. 7 yards, to be precise! (I find ordering in yards a bit annoying – I can make leggings from 1m of fabric, but not 1 yard! And since this contains a natural fibre, I ordered plenty for each project to make sure I didn’t lose necessary length to shrinkage!)
I got 2 yards each of this lovely wash-out eggplant and 90’s terra cotta colour. On the one hand, these unsaturated colours are SO NOT ME, but on the other, they do blend in well with all the floral I love to sew!
This fabric is thinner and more stable than what I’d usually use for leggings, so I made some pattern changes as I cut. I’m paranoid about leggings ridding down through the day, getting too short at the ankle, or baggy at the knee. To counteract all of that, I added 2″ at the ankle, 1/5″ rise at the waist, and 2″ extra circumference to each leg! That’s a lot of extra fabric, but I’m happy to report it successfully means these leggings stay in place all day.
The fabric is an interesting one. The “good” side of this fabric is buttery soft with an almost suede-like texture, but inside, you can really feel the 45% polyester in the blend. Basically, it feels like modal on the outside and poly on the inside. It’s not as spongey and think as bamboo rayon usually is, for example, but it does have an undeniably lovely texture and drape.
This is me, demonstrating with a casually awkward lunge how much extra length is needed in leggings as you bend and move.
For my post, I wanted to show the leggings clearly without, um, showing everything clearly to everyone! So just for photos, I whipped up a black pencil skirt with a tube of ribbed rayon knit. I wouldn’t wear it for real, but it does do it’s purpose!
Now for the top. I pinned this shirt last winter, and somehow it keeps popping up in my Pinterest feed reminding me that I like the style. Son on the night after the American election, when I needed some cheering up, I splashed out for Tessuti’s new Isla top. It’s like a more exaggerated version of my TNT Olivia Oversized Tee from Maria Denmark. I like the juxtaposition of tons of baggy volume with tight sleeves and fitted at the hips.
Here’s the weird thing though – the pattern has since disappeared from the Tessuti website! They still have the post announcing it’s launch, but it’s the links to the store are dead and the pattern is not listed. Does anyone know what happened? It all fit together well, so I doubt it’s a technical issue… I asked on their blog two weeks ago, but my comment isn’t showing and there is no answer. MYSTERY!
The neat part about this pattern is that there is no shoulder seam – instead, the front continues over to the back and makes a yoke. I’m not sure if I’ll wear it bloused up at the hip, like I am with the skirt, or long like a tunic over tight jeans. Which do you like best on me?